Best Value Colleges For Science Careers

Science careers are a great choice for students who prefer a lab coat to a suit and tie.

Science jobs encompass more than working in a lab though -- a science career can mean you work in any field from anthropology to zoology.  Read More

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406University of Southern California (USC)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$142,000
Total 4 Year Cost$254,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
407Washington University in St. Louis(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$139,000
Total 4 Year Cost$256,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
408Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$136,000
Total 4 Year Cost$259,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,300
-Metropolitan State University of Denver(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
-Metropolitan State University of Denver(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
-University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Boston Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
-University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Boston Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

PayScale's list of Best College ROIs for Science Jobs calculates the return on investment for schools based on alumni who work in science jobs. Job titles in this category are varied and includes workers who work in the physical science jobs like geology, chemistry, environmental science and geography; life science jobs like biology, animal science and microbiology, and social science jobs like counseling, sociology and economics.

Before we look at the best value colleges for students who want to work in a science career, we should note that PayScale's College ROI figures are calculated based on college graduates who only earned a bachelor's degree. We do not include individuals who go on to earn advanced degrees because we can't accurately calculate the cost of graduate school. And since many of the highest-paying science jobs require advanced degrees, you may not see as high of numbers as you would expect. The truth is, if salary is your highest priority and you want to work in science, you'll most likely have to go to grad school. But the schools that rank well on PayScale's College ROI Report for science jobs provide a good return on investment for individuals who go on to work in the science field even if they only have a bachelor's degree.

UC Berkeley, home of the Golden Bears, is a great choice if a science career is in your future. Furthermore, Cal students graduate in an average of four years, and Cal has a 91 percent graduation rate. This wonder school once again ranks near the top of the list in this category.

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) is a good investment if you plan to pursue a career in the sciences , as is the University of Texas at Austin. It joins a host of other state schools that offer a good value of education, in terms of salary and ROI. In fact, many of the schools on our list of best value colleges for science jobs are public. This doesn't mean that you can't get a good return on your investment if you attend a private school and want to work in sciences, it just means that it may be less common.