Chemistry is more than gaining knowledge. It’s making new discoveries.
The Department of Chemistry prepares graduates who think creatively and critically to find new answers to important questions. You'll be challenged to investigate the complementary relationship between science and faith in Christ as you work to reach your goals.
Majors, Minors, and Programs
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Major|
|Chemistry Secondary Education||Major|
One of the Top Chemistry Programs
Bethel has one of the top chemistry programs in the nation. It's about cutting-edge research, distinguished faculty, approval from the American Chemical Society, highly successful graduates, and an active science community—all within a Christian learning environment. It's about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
Top 15% of chemistry programs nationally according to Major Field Test results
0% of recent chemistry grads are employed or in graduate/medical school
Collaborate with professors on original research projects and present your findings at local or national conferences.
Build one-on-one relationships with professors who partner with and encourage you to pursue your professional goals and calling.
Job and grad school placement
Many alumni earn graduate degrees at universities and medical schools across the country. Others immediately enter careers in chemistry, biochemistry, and other scientific fields.
Our alumni come back to campus to connect with current students and offer advice.
Bethel chemistry students are passionate about what they do and they like hanging out together. Our ChemClub goes on camping trips, hosts networking nights, and plans other social events.
Versatile career preparation
We're proud of our research. But we're most proud of the fact that our students are equipped to succeed in whatever they choose to do.
In our coursework, we explore how our Christian faith relates to our scientific studies and inspires our desire to make a positive impact in the world.
Obtaining my Master of Arts in Gerontology at Bethel significantly improved work opportunities for me within the health care system. Many more doors opened and I am currently working at a job that I love.Elise Lucey '11
Current job: Manager of Patient Relations at Metro Hospital
I am a dementia care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center. My education and master's degree from Bethel helped prepare me for this position.Lisa Wells '13
Current job: Dementia Care Specialist
My gerontology education has carried me far in 5 short years. From successful aging wellness to elder fraud prevention, the needs are great. There is plenty of room for creative and innovative solutions.Helen Rickman '09
Current job: 1st Judicial District Colorado Elder Fraud Prevention Unit
Besides the personal reward of earning a M.A. degree, the time of personal exploration and challenge were benefits I hadn't anticipated. This growth added to my insights and capabilities as a care manager, allowing me to better serve my clients.Deborah Dolan '07
Current job: Geriatric Care Manager
My graduate school experience has positioned me with a consulting career that is both strategic and futuristic. Every day I help senior care organizations navigate through health care reform. It's challenging but incredibly rewarding work.Kristine Betz '12
Current job: Consultant
Bethel's graduate degree in gerontology broadened my academic foundation and prepared me to better serve the aging community in the Twin Cities area.Nancy Schwartz '11
Current job: Financial Advisor
What can I do with a chemistry degree?
Chemistry students prepare for professional careers in many different industries and graduate programs in fields ranging from medicine to chemical engineering to forensics.
Chemistry graduates are
- Chemical engineers
- Industrial chemists
- Research scientists
- Pharmaceutical researchers
- Forensic scientists
- Materials scientists
- Biomedical researchers
- Product developers
Our alumni attend
- Notre Dame
- William Mitchell College of Law
- University of Minnesota
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Penn State
- Michigan State
- Virginia Tech
Our alumni study
- Physicians assistant
- Physical chemistry
- Forensic science
- Public health