West Lafayette has a total population of 28,778 and a student population of 41,052. Of these students, 41,052 are enrolled in schools that offer biology programs.
Of the 1 biology schools in West Lafayette, the largest biology school, by student population, is Purdue University-Main Campus. In 2010, Purdue University-Main Campus graduated approximately 196 students from its biology program.
In 2010, 237 students graduated with a biology degree from one of West Lafayette's biology schools. Tuition in 2009 at West Lafayette's biology schools was $20,638 per year for instate students and $37,118 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,220 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a biology program in West Lafayette. And if you live on campus at one of the West Lafayette-based biology schools, you will have an added expense of $8,710 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $13,238.
After graduating with your credentials in biology, if you decide to work as a biologist in West Lafayette, your job prospects are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 4 biologists in Indiana were working in the greater West Lafayette area. The number of biologists in West Lafayette is expected to increase by 12% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for biologists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a biologist in West Lafayette is $34,650 per year, which is lower than the average for biologists state-wide.