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UC San Diego Biological Sciences Ranks 14th in World

April 29, 2015

By Kim McDonald

ranked top 50 world university by biological sciences

QS World University

Biological Sciences at UC San Diego ranked 14th in the world, according to a study released this week by QS World University Rankings by Subject, which surveyed the reputations of disciplines at 3,551 universities around the world and analyzed the number of citations in peer-reviewed journal papers by subject for each institution.

Biological Sciences was the highest ranked discipline at UC San Diego for 2015 in the study. Other disciplines at UC San Diego ranked in the top 50 institutions in the world for 2015 were Pharmacy and Pharmacology (20), Politics and International Studies (21), Mathematics (28), Linguistics (31) and Chemistry (41).

The Division of Biological Sciences has received top rankings in other worldwide and national surveys. The life sciences at UC San Diego ranked 7th best among top research universities around the world, according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities, conducted by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a public research university located in Shanghai, China. In 2014, the Division ranked number two in the nation, behind MIT, for the quality of its undergraduate education in the biological sciences, according to a survey of top colleges for general biology majors conducted by College Factual.

The Division's graduate program ranked 14th in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Graduate Schools guidebook, while its neuroscience/neurobiology graduate program ranked second in the nation.

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