Top Ranked Science Colleges

Within a chemistry department, students can study chemical engineering or biochemistry.

Colleges and universities across the country offer undergraduate and graduate degrees ranging from biology and chemistry to physics and geology. When choosing a program, consider each school’s location, tuition and program strengths. U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 rankings for best science programs include Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California Institute of Technology.

Stanford University: School of Humanities and Sciences

Stanford University is a private school in Stanford, California. The School of Humanities and Sciences offers competitive, top-ranked science departments. In 2010, the school ranked first in the nation for biology, tied for first in computer science, tied for second in mathematics, tied for first in chemistry, tied for second in Earth sciences and tied for first in physics, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The Natural Science department is divided into physics, chemistry, biology, applied physics, mathematics and statistics. Within each department, students can pursue undergraduate majors or minors, or master’s and doctorate degrees. Students can further specify their studies with a concentration, such as plant biology or genetics.

Stanford University

450 Serra Mall

Stanford, CA 94305


Massachusetts Institute of Technology: School of Science

Located across the Charles River Basin from Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a consistently top-tier science program. In 2010, the School of Science tied for first in the nation for physics, tied for second in earth sciences, tied for first in chemistry, tied for second in mathematics, tied for first in computer science and tied for second in biology, according to U.S. News and World Report. Undergraduates can work toward Bachelor’s of Science degrees in biology, brain and cognitive sciences, chemistry, earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, mathematics and physics. Graduate students can pursue a Ph.D. within any of the six science departments.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge, MA 02139


California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology, located in Pasadena near Los Angeles, offers top-ranked science programs. The school is divided into six academic programs, five of which are science-based. In 2010, the division of biology tied for fourth best in the nation, chemistry tied for first, physics tied for third and the geological and planetary sciences division ranked first, according to U.S. News and World Report. Bachelor’s of Science, Master’s of Science and Ph.D. degrees are available. Within each program, students can further specialize their degrees and study subjects such as chemical engineering, biochemistry or geochemistry.

California Institute of Technology

1200 E. California Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91125-0001

(626) 395-6811