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Top 10 Global Universities for Biology and Biochemistry

Kelly Mae Ross, Ilana Kowarski

Explore schools that excel in biology and biochemistry.

Students might pursue a degree in biology or biochemistry as a path to medical school or a variety of professions. Whatever their career goals, prospective students can explore the top 10 Best Global Universities for Biology and Biochemistry, as ranked by U.S. News based on academic research performance in this subject area.

10. Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, New York

Best Global Universities overall rank: 23

Fact: Cornell University offers multiple college majors that relate to biology and biochemistry, including biology and society, chemistry and chemical biology, biomedical engineering, biological sciences and biological engineering.

9. Johns Hopkins University

Location: Baltimore

Best Global Universities overall rank: 11

Fact: Johns Hopkins University conducted $2.56 billion in medical, science and engineering research in the fiscal year 2017, according to its website.

8. University of California--San Diego

Location: La Jolla, California

Best Global Universities overall rank: 19

Fact: The University of California--San Diego's biological sciences division has more than 100 research labs, according to its website.

7. University of Oxford

Location: Oxford, England

Best Global Universities overall rank: 5

Fact: The University of Oxford's biochemistry department offers a four-year program for undergrads that culminates in a master's credential, according to the department's website.

5 (tie). University of Cambridge

Location: Cambridge, England

Best Global Universities overall rank: 9

Fact: The University of Cambridge's department of biochemistry is home to more than 50 research groups investigating "how cells and their constituent molecules work in life and relate to disease," according to the institution's website.

5 (tie). University of California--San Francisco

Location: San Francisco

Best Global Universities overall rank: 15

Fact: For globally minded students, the University of California--San Francisco offers a one-year master's program in global health and a doctoral program in global health sciences, according to the school's website.

4. University of California--Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, California

Best Global Universities overall rank: 4

Fact: The University of California--Berkeley has six field stations for biology researchers in places as close as San Jose, California, and as far as French Polynesia, according to the school's website.

3. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California

Best Global Universities overall rank: 3

Fact: During the 2017-2018 school year, human biology was the second most popular undergraduate major at Stanford University, according to the institution's website. Computer science was the most popular.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Best Global Universities overall rank: 2

Fact: Three members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's biology department faculty are recipients of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, according to the university's website.

1. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Best Global Universities overall rank: 1

Fact: Harvard University is affiliated with 19 hospitals and health-focused research institutes in the Boston area, per its website, creating many opportunities for student research in life sciences fields.

These are the top 10 global universities for biology and biochemistry.

-- 1. Harvard University

-- 2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

-- 3. Stanford University

-- 4. University of California--Berkeley

-- 5 (tie). University of California--San Francisco

-- 5 (tie). University of Cambridge

-- 7. University of Oxford

-- 8. University of California--San Diego

-- 9. Johns Hopkins University

-- 10. Cornell University

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