With an overall population of 77,423 and a student population of 11,636, approximately 11,070 of Santa Maria students attend one of Santa Maria's schools that offer biology programs.
Allan Hancock College is the largest biology school in Santa Maria, based on student population. In 2010, Allan Hancock College graduated approximately 87 students from its biology program.
A total of 91 students graduated with credentials in biology from biology schools in Santa Maria in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $782 per year in tuition costs.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,638 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a biology program in Santa Maria.
If you plan on staying in Santa Maria after graduating from biology school, you should know that job prospects for biologists in Santa Maria, which is the most popular biology profession, are good. In 2010, of the 13,100 biologists in California, 90 were working in the greater Santa Maria area. By the year 2018, the number of biologists is expected to increase by 21% in Santa Maria. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for biologists.
As a biologist in Santa Maria, you can expect to make an average salary of $72,480 per year. This is higher than the average salary for biologists in the state.