To date, we’ve asked 45 current and past biology students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

There are thousands of majors available, and it can be overwhelming trying to choose one.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a biology degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a biology degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are biology students compared to other degrees?

Overall, biology students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.6 out of 5. For context, biology students rate their happiness similarly to students in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Psychology and Biology and Related Studies.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to biology

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Criminal Justice and Related Studies$56,844
Biology$60,394
Biological and Biomedical Sciences$65,022
Psychology$54,857
Biology and Related Studies$66,563
Computer and Information Sciences$82,673

Let's break that down further.

Are biology students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
4.0 out of 5 stars
58 ratings
5 stars
36%
4 stars
31%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
3%
1 stars
3%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.8 out of 5 stars
57 ratings
5 stars
32%
4 stars
33%
3 stars
19%
2 stars
7%
1 stars
5%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in biology experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did biology graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what biology grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.3 out of 5 stars
54 ratings
5 stars
17%
4 stars
24%
3 stars
31%
2 stars
19%
1 stars
7%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were biology students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.6 out of 5 stars
45 ratings
5 stars
24%
4 stars
29%
3 stars
27%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
9%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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