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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 (B.A.) Major
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (B.S.) Major
Chemical Engineering Major
Chemistry Minor Minor
Chemistry (B.A.) Major
Chemistry (B.S.) Major
Pre-Medicine - Medical Degree | Bethel University Program Program

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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.

Chemistry Department


of recent chemistry grads are employed or in graduate/medical school

Top 15%

of chemistry programs nationally

- Major Field Test results

Program Highlights


Collaborate with professors on original research projects and present your findings at local or national conferences.

Faculty mentors

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.

Alumni network

Our alumni come back to campus to connect with current students and offer advice.

Student community

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.

Christian worldview

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.

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
  • Teachers
  • Pharmaceutical researchers
  • Forensic scientists
  • Materials scientists
  • Biomedical researchers
  • Physicians
  • Doctors of osteopathic medicine
  • Product developers
  • Lawyers
  • Technical writers
  • Dentists
  • Physician assistants
  • Ophthalmologists

Graduate Schools

Our alumni attend:

  • Yale
  • Stanford
  • Notre Dame
  • Vanderbilt
  • Purdue
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Northwestern
  • Penn State
  • Michigan State
  • Virginia Tech

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Medicine
  • Physicians assistant
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Physical chemistry
  • Forensic science
  • Public health