Chemical engineers solve challenges associated with chemical reactions and processes in plants and manufacturing facilities. In addition to chemistry, the chemical engineer takes extensive course work in thermodynamics, material properties, and material transport.
Why should I study chemical engineering?
The benefit of time spent at Bethel comes from the one-on-one interaction with Ph.D. faculty, smaller class sizes, integration of the liberal arts for improved marketability and skills, and integration of a Christian faith into your curriculum. All engineers will need to be able to communicate their work to others and work with groups from a wide range of backgrounds. A liberal arts foundation to accompany an engineering degree makes for a stronger and more marketable applicant for future positions.
Students seeking careers as chemical engineers have a number of options. Students can complete their foundational courses at Bethel (chemistry, physics, math, and general education) in their first two or three years and transfer to an institution with a full chemical engineering program to complete their specialized coursework.
Depending on the engineering program, this can be accomplished as a 3-2 dual-degree option, where a Bethel degree can be earned (Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, etc.) along with the Chemical Engineering degree from the other school, or as a traditional transfer, earning only the Chemical Engineering degree from the other school. Some students have chosen to graduate from Bethel (with degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, and/or Mathematics) before continuing to pursue degrees in areas like chemical engineering and materials science elsewhere.