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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Biology: Biology Education (BS)

Develop the inner scientists in students

Show your students how to explore, imagine, and flourish in a vast array of biological sciences. Educate your students on genetics and plant life. Explore animal classifications. Demonstrate safe laboratory practices. Inspire their inner scientist.

Combine biology and pedagogy

DSU’s biology education program prepares you to become an expert in biology and pedagogy (teaching methods). Learn biological principles. Understand the fundamentals of education. Use the scientific method to orchestrate experiments. Conduct an undergraduate research project. Work in remarkable laboratories.

To give you the most out of your program, we embed a K-12 Technology endorsement in every education degree, allowing our students to teach computer classes post-graduation. You’ll also complete observation courses and a yearlong student teaching residency; giving you experience in classroom management, Common Core State Standards, teaching methods, and more.

Paying for college

As part of our commitment to providing affordable options for all DSU students, we offer many scholarships and grants. Some financial aid opportunities are specifically available for the education degrees/majors in high-need teaching areas.

TEACH Grant eligible

Dakota State University's B.S. in Biology Education is eligible for the federal TEACH Grant (up to $4,000 a year) for students who meet the academic requirements and are completing course work to begin a career in teaching. Students will need to complete a four-year teaching appointment with a school or educational service agency that serves low-income students. Learn more about the TEACH Grant. 

Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship

The South Dakota Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship is available for students preparing to work in a critical need teaching area. Learn more about the scholarship.

Share your passion, inspire your classroom

Be the teacher you’ve always wanted to be, in a field you love and enjoy. Share that passion with young students and motivate them to achieve their fullest potential.

  • Biology teacher
  • Anatomy teacher
  • Life science teacher
  • Biology researcher

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the BS in Biology, Biology Education Specialization, students will:

  • Have a basic knowledge of the principles of biology
  • Be able to apply their knowledge of biological principles and the scientific method of inquiry to solve new problems
  • Have a high degree of proficiency in the use of computer technology
  • Be able to communicate their knowledge and results effectively
  • Create a safe and respectful learning environment with an awareness of developmental levels and needs of learners
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions of effective teachers to positively impact student learning while contributing to the well-being of their district


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