Why BIO at DWU?If you are interested in pursuing careers that our graduates have found rewarding, we can help you achieve that goal. Our graduates are enjoying careers as:

  • Optometrists
  • Physicians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Cytotechnicians
  • Podiatrists 
  • College Professors
  • Foresters
  • Fisheries Technicians
  • Surgeons
  • Physical Therapists 
  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Chiropractors
  • University Researchers
  • High School Teachers
  • Lab Technicians 

Our dedicated, experienced, teaching/research-oriented faculty are concerned about the academic well being of each student. Not only do we interact with students who are biology majors in class, we also serve as the academic advisers for these students.

We are continually updating our classrooms and laboratories with the latest in teaching and research instrumentation. We use these to promote thinking about concepts and problems in science and to develop explanations of data that these instruments provide.

Examples of our latest data acquisition/computer technology include Biopac Data Acquisition and Analysis Systems for animal physiology experiments and cuvette-infra red spectrophotometry for plant physiology experiments.

We support research experiences and other academic enhancements by annually providing money to students on a competitive basis through our Hughes Grant-in-Aid Program.

Since the inception of this program students have used this money to study the tropical rain forests in Belize, the marine ecosystems in the Bahamas, chimpanzee behavior at the University of Nevada, as well as other activities.

For more information about biology at Dakota Wesleyan University, contact Dr. Brian Patrick at (605) 995-2712 (

Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
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