2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Biology Degrees

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This list of the 20 most affordable schools offering online biology degrees includes schools offering degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. All schools on the list offer degrees with annual tuitions under $23,000. The most affordable school on this list, Clemson University, offers a Master of Science in Biological Sciences for only $5,670 per year. Students interested in an online biology bachelor's degree will find two affordable options at Logan University for only $8,250 per year.

All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online biology degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable biology schools below or read our full methodology.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Biology Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Clemson University Annual Tuition $5,670 Biology Degrees: Master's
#2 #2 University of Maryland - College Park Annual Tuition $6,975 Biology Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 Logan University Annual Tuition $8,250 Biology Degrees: Bachelor's
#4 #4 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,370 Biology Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $9,780 Biology Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 Washington State University Annual Tuition $9,979 Biology Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#7 #7 University of Nebraska at Kearney Annual Tuition $10,026 Biology Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 University of Saint Joseph Annual Tuition $10,275 Biology Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Annual Tuition $11,412 Biology Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#10 #10 Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $12,086 Biology Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#11 #11 University of Wisconsin-Stout Annual Tuition $12,455 Biology Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 Green Mountain College Annual Tuition $12,600 Biology Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $14,970 Biology Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#14 #14 Excelsior College Annual Tuition $15,300 Biology Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 Loyola University Chicago Annual Tuition $15,495 Biology Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#16 #16 Florida National University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $15,750 Biology Degrees: Bachelor's
#17 #17 North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $16,064 Biology Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#18 #18 Northeastern University Global Network Annual Tuition $20,925 Biology Degrees: Master's
#19 #19 George Mason University Annual Tuition $21,168 Biology Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#20 #20 Illinois Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $22,400 Biology Degrees: Master's
  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Understanding Ecology and Ecosystems; Understanding Genetics and Evolutionary Biology; Understanding Scientific Communication; Understanding Scientific Research; Understanding the Human Body; Understanding Vertebrate Biology

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,975
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Example Classes:
    Biodiversity & Conservation Biology; Biology of Cancer; Ecology and Global Change; Evolutionary Biology; Food Safety and Genetically Modified Foods; Modern Molecular Genetics

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: ---
  • Example Classes:
    Biostatistics; Genetics; Gerontology; Microbiology; Pathology
  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Cell Biology; Elements of Biological Chemistry; Fisheries Biology; Mammalogy; Plant Identification, Taxonomy, and Systematics; Vertebrate Zoology
  • Annual Tuition: $9,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Marine Biology; Biological Applications in Homeland Security; Chemical Ecology; Environmental Science Concepts; Evolution and Ecological Genetics; Investigations/Biology

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,979
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Variance of Designed Experiments; Bioinformatics; Microbial Physiology; Protein Biotechnology; Scientific Information Literacy
  • Annual Tuition: $10,026
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Biological Research; Biological Statistics; Current Issues in Biology; Organic Evolution

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Animal Behavior; Genomics; Neuroscience; Ornithology; Parasitology; Pharmacology

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,412
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Aquatic Insects; Insect Control by Host Plan Resistance; Insect identification and Natural History; Insects as Educational Tools; Medical Entomology; Scientific Illustration
  • Annual Tuition: $12,086
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Conflict Management; History of Ecological Thought and Conservation Practice; Public Participation in Conservation Policy; Wetland Ecology and Pollution; Wildlife Restoration; Wildlife Study Design and Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $12,455
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Conservation Genetics; Field Problems in Conservation Biology; Proteomics; Strategic Planning and Deployment; Toxicological Effects in Humans

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Biogeography; Bioregional Theory and Practice; Conservation Genetics; Environmental History & Philosophy; Environmental Leadership & Community Involvement; Natural Systems Ecology
  • Annual Tuition: $14,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Bioinformatics; Current Trends and Applications in the Life Sciences; Inquiries in Biological Science; Laboratory Management and Safety; Molecular and Cellular Biology

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Investigations in Biology; Anatomy and Physiology; Biodiversity; Evolutionary Biology; Human Genetics; Plant Anatomy
  • Annual Tuition: $15,495
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Biomed Ethics and Law; Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice; Clinical Topics in Bioethics; Research in Bioethics

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,750
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Anatomy and Physiology; Biological Basis of Pharmacology; Biology of Aging; Fundamentals of Physics; Human Embryology; Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Annual Tuition: $16,064
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Reproductive Physiology & Biotechnology; Biochemistry of Gene Expression; Energy Metabolism; Nutritional Biochemistry; Selection of Domestic Animals
  • Annual Tuition: $20,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: ---
  • Example Classes:
    Analytical Biochemistry; Cell Culture Processes for Biopharmaceutical Production; Experimental Design and Biostatistics; Molecular Cell Biology for Biotechnology

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $21,168
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Biodefense Strategy and Policy; Global Health Security Policy; Introduction to Biodefense I: Bacterial and Toxin Agents; The Scientific Method and Research Design
  • Annual Tuition: $22,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Bioinformatics; Current Topics in Functional Genomics; Developmental Biology; Molecular Biology of Cells; Toxicology; Virology
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