Best Colleges for the Sciences

Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 03:52 PM

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College selection can be a challenge, especially with so many great higher learning institutions online and offline. Finding the perfect university for your major takes research and reading. Researching various online sources and reading the statistics on various universities and how they rank in certain areas of learning will help you narrow your selection results.

The sciences is an area of study that encompasses a wide scope of higher education. Science is used in many industries and careers which is why there are requirements for a certain amount of credit hours in this subject depending on the field of study in which you intend to major. These courses can include physics, astronomy, computer, social sciences, and medical sciences, as well as others.

Students are choosing various options from on-campus to online or correspondence courses in order to get their degrees. Here is a short list of the top colleges for the sciences:

On-Campus Colleges and Universities:
  • Harvard
  • Berkeley
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford
  • Princeton
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Florida

Online Colleges and Universities:
  • University of Phoenix
  • Ashford University
  • Colorado Technical University
  • Penn Foster
There are other higher learning institutions that have great science departments if you want to stay in your local area. There are also vocational technical schools and community colleges that can give you a solid education in any number of the areas of science. These are good options for students who cannot get into certain colleges or universities. It is also a very good way to improve your GPA and get scholarships to larger institutions.

There are also free options for aiding in your science education you can use for study purposes or for research.

MIT provides OpencCourseWare in biology, chemistry, and earth, atmospheric and planetary science courses. Their chemistry and biology programs are ranked within the top three biological science programs in the country. They include video lectures, assignments, and exams for free.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers OpenCourseWare for graduate level health sciences. This includes lecture transcripts, reading lists, and other resources free of charge.

While you cannot use these free resources to obtain your degree, you can use them for your own information in addition to your current studies.

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