With an overall population of 54,593 and a student population of 17,098, approximately 16,775 of Santa Cruz students attend one of Santa Cruz's schools that offer biology programs.
University of California-Santa Cruz is the largest biology school in Santa Cruz, based on student population. In 2010, approximately 127 students graduated from the Biology program at University of California-Santa Cruz.
In 2010, 408 students graduated with a biology degree in Santa Cruz. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $27,481 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Santa Cruz biology schools was an average of $50,150 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,393 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a biology program in Santa Cruz. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $13,641 per year, on average, for room and board at Santa Cruz-based biology schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $19,537.
After graduating with your credentials in biology, if you decide to work as a biologist in Santa Cruz, your job prospects are good. There were 13,100 biologists working in California and 120 working in the greater Santa Cruz area in 2010. The number of biologists in Santa Cruz is expected to increase by 21% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for biologists.
As a biologist in Santa Cruz, you can expect to make an average salary of $73,780 per year. This is higher than the average salary for biologists in the state.