Top Schools for Biological and Biomedical Science

Find out which top schools offer degrees in biological and biomedical science. Read about the program options at three leading universities, and use the table at the end of the resource to find other schools in the U.S. that provide training for biological and biomedical scientists.

School Overview

Three of the top schools for biological and biomedical science include Cornell University, an Ivy League institution, as well as the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Washington in Seattle. In the past, all three schools have been cited by U.S. News & World Report for the quality of their graduate programs in the biological sciences, which can lead to a master's or doctoral degree.

Top U.S. Schools with Biological and Biomedical Sciences Programs

1. Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is an Ivy League school that U.S. News & World Report ranked 15th among national universities in 2011. Additionally, USN&WR ranked the university 11th among schools that offer graduate degrees in the biological sciences for 2010.

Biological and biomedical science programs are available through various schools in the university, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Human Ecology and College of Veterinary Medicine. Courses are also offered through the Weill Medical College in New York City as part of Cornell's biological sciences curricula. Examples of subjects taught include evolutionary biology, entomology, microbiology and neurobiology.

2. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas

In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at this university and medical center 20th among colleges with graduate biological sciences programs. As a place for education and patient care, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in several fields. These include chemical, cancer or integrative biology, molecular biophysics, neuroscience and biomedical engineering. The graduate school's Division of Applied Science also offers a unique master's degree program in biomedical communications.

3. University of Washington in Seattle

The University of Washington (UW) in Seattle ranked 42nd among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2011. In 2010, USN&WR also ranked UW 15th among schools with graduate programs in the biological sciences. The university's Department of Biology is a research-driven department that offers degrees at all levels, including a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in General Biology or Plant Biology, Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology for Teachers and specialized Ph.D. Master's and doctoral programs in biomedical and health informatics are available through UW's Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics.

List of Ten Good Biological and Biomedical Science Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Cornell University Biology Research Fellows Program Ithaca, NY
Harvard University Molecular and cellular biology summer internship program for undergraduates Cambridge, MA
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Four research initiatives in biomedical science and engineering Troy, NY
Stanford University Marine biology department has access to Monterey Bay Stanford, CA
University of California - San Diego Center for Chronobiology San Diego, CA
University of Chicago Biological sciences program offers integrated education for undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates Chicago, IL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor UM Biological Station Ann Arbor, MI
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas Four Nobel prize-winning faculty members Dallas, TX
University of Washington Howard Hughes Medical Institute funds outreach programs for middle school teachers Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin - Madison University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum Madison, WI

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