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Schools Offering Science Programs in California

Each year, roughly 5.4% of California students graduate with degrees in science. In other words, every year an estimated 48,057 science professionals graduate from California's 228 science schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California with a science program is Stanford University, which is located in Stanford. In 2010, it was ranked 2nd nationwide. 599 students graduated with a degree in science from Stanford University in 2010. Tuition at Stanford University was $40,172 per year.

The second-ranked school in California that has a science program is University of California-Berkeley. University of California-Berkeley, which was ranked 5th in the country in 2010, is located in Berkeley. 2,139 students graduated with degree in science from University of California-Berkeley in 2010. Students at University of California-Berkeley paid $10,940 per year in tuition fees.

University of California-Los Angeles, which is located in Los Angeles, is the third-ranked school in California that has a science program. It received a ranking of 5th in the country in 2010. 2,624 students graduated with degree in science from University of California-Los Angeles in 2010. University of California-Los Angeles charged in-state students $10,781 in tuition fees per year.


Tuition at California's science schools ranges from $41,130 per year to $624 per year. But, the average tuition is $8,536 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at California science schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Pitzer College - located in Claremont, students are charged $41,130 per year
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  3. Occidental College - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $40,939 per year

The science schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in California were:

  1. West Hills College Coalinga - located in Coalinga, students are charged $624 per year
  2. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, students are charged $624 per year
  3. West Hills College Lemoore - located in Lemoore, students are charged $624 per year

A science degree from a California school... what next?

Environmental scientist, biology professor, science professor, biophysics scientist , and chemist are the professions of choice for a majority of science graduates in California. California had 91,820 science professionals in 2010. 1,570 of these science professionals were life scientists, 12,120 were environmental scientists, and 7,010 were biology professors. The California counties with the largest populations of science professional are:

  1. Los Angeles County - 18,120 science professionals
  2. San Diego County - 15,450 science professionals
  3. Marin County - 8,500 science professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 70,700 science professionals will be working in California. This would require the number of science professional to grow by 21%.


science professionals in California earn $86,210 per year on average. However, California science professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $28,850 per year to more than $159,930 per year in 2010. The counties in California with the highest average salary for science professionals are:

  1. San Benito County - $102,053 per year
  2. Alameda County - $97,927 per year
  3. Marin County - $95,755 per year

On average, science professionals earn the least in the following California counties:

  1. Lassen County - $58,640 per year
  2. Del Norte County - $58,785 per year
  3. Monterey County - $61,430 per year

On average, the highest paid science professionals in California were:

  1. Biophysics Scientist - $103,620 per year
  2. Animal Scientist - $98,810 per year
  3. Biology Professor - $88,310 per year

On average, the lowest paid science professionals in California were:

  1. Environmental Scientist - $74,820 per year
  2. Science Professor - $70,130 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in science in California and to compare salaries with various related fields such as engineering or chemical engineering, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Science in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Science in California
  • Master's Degree in Science in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Science in California
  • Certificate in Science in California

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 33,040 $70,130 -38.0%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 24,260 $86,190 56.8%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 12,120 $74,820 35.1%
Chemists 10,870 $81,240 26.4%
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 7,010 $88,310 65.7%
Physicists 2,890 $103,620 33.2%
Life Scientists, All Other 1,570 $86,560 -15.6%
Animal Scientists 60 $98,810

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