Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has three biology schools within its city limits. Fresno Pacific University, the highest ranked school in the city with a biology program, has a total student population of 2,668. It is the 326th highest ranked school in the USA and the 24th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles). To learn more about biology programs in Fresno, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of biology professors at Fresno Pacific University such as Bill Cockerham, Michael Kunz, and Alan Thompson.
Biology students from Fresno schools who go on to become biologists, marine biologists, wildlife biologists, molecular biologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 29,630 people working as biological scientists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $69,430. Also, Zoologists and wildlife biologists make on average $60,670 per year and there are about 17,460 of them employed in the US today.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary.
Of the 3 biology schools in Fresno, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Fresno Pacific University comes out as the most expensive ($17,068/yr) for biology students, with California State University-Fresno as the lowest, reported at only $5,579/yr.
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