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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is particularly appropriate for students considering advanced training at a professional school or a career in the health professions. The B.A. requires fewer courses than the B.S., allowing students to create a more individualized plan to their education, usually resulting in a double major with biochemistry, engineering, physics, or mathematics.

Why should I study chemistry?

Students have the opportunity for an education that is second-to-none, working alongside professors focused on teaching courses for and research with undergraduate students. This challenging degree is pursued within a supportive, Christian environment.

Chemistry is the central science, built on the fundamentals of mathematics and physics and applied in biology and biochemistry. Students will learn how to think independently, solve problems, and gain a broad understanding of the principles that underlie the natural world.

What can I do with this degree?

Recent Bethel graduates earning the B.A. degree have gone on to a range of different graduate programs, including:

  • Pharmacy school (Pharm.D.)
  • Medical school (M.D., D.O., P.A.)
  • Dental school (D.D.S.)
  • Teaching (M.A.T.)
  • Optometry (O.D.)
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry (Ph.D.)

Some of these students earned a second degree as a double major.

Our graduates have also gone on to graduate schools at:

  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Des Moines University
  • Michigan College of Optometry
  • Loma Linda University
  • Bethel University
  • Purdue

Recent graduates work at many companies including:

  • R&D Systems
  • Medtronic
  • 3M
  • Pace Analytical
  • Boston Scientific
  • Ecolab

What skills will I develop?

  • Real-world research skills in a broad range of areas
  • Quantitative and analytical skills to understand data and solve problems
  • Experiment design and interpretation
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Reading, writing, and presentation of scientific ideas and experimental results

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

All chemistry and biochemistry majors participate in both a junior and senior research project in collaboration with one of our 9 faculty, including presenting their results at regional and national conferences. Many students participate in full-time paid summer research at Bethel or are accepted into research and internship positions across the country. Students will use state-of-the-art instrumentation in their courses and research. The Chemistry Department also offers a History of Science study abroad course in Europe every January.

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