Physics is about more than solving equations. It's about making discoveries that change the world.
The Department of Physics and its Engineering program have a tradition of excellence and a strong national reputation. We offer flexible physics and engineering degree programs, cutting-edge research opportunities, a successful alumni network, and caring professors who are committed to mentoring students.
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One of the Top Physics Programs in the Nation
Bethel has one of the top physics and engineering programs in the nation. It's about cutting-edge research, collaboration with distinguished professors, open-ended projects that challenge you to discover new solutions, 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.
0 current National Science Foundation grants for cutting-edge research in physics, engineering, and nanotechnology
$ 0M in grant money received in 9 grants since 2011
Our state-of-the-art research laboratories are particularly well-equipped in the areas of modern optics, electronics, laser physics, nanotechnology, and fluid dynamics.
Graduate School Success
Many of our alumni enter graduate or medical school after earning their degree from Bethel. Virtually all of our alumni received full financial support for their graduate work.
Our students intern at a wide range of companies, government agencies, and universities–including such prestigious organizations as CERN (Switzerland), MIT, Medtronic, TASER Inc., NIST, Honeywell, Argonne National Lab, Michigan State Univ., 3M, Cornell, United Launch Alliance (Delta rockets), NASA Goddard, Xcel Energy, and Columbia.
We offer scholarships to promising students each year, regardless of financial need. These financial gifts include the Gruez, Anderson, and Peterson scholarships, NASA's MN Space Grant, and the Edgar G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship.
Summer research experiences
We strongly encourage students to get experience during the summer months. Some work at Bethel as research assistants, but many do internships elsewhere. In the last several years, about 100 physics and engineering majors have been employed at over 3 dozen research sites throughout the country.
After their first year, nearly all successful students are given the opportunity to work as teaching assistants (TAs).
Our alumni come back to campus to connect with current students and offer advice. More importantly, they actively seek to hire our graduates.
Students are encouraged to join our local chapter of the Society of Physics Students and the Sigma Pi Sigma honorary society. Such cohesiveness builds a sense of unity among the students and faculty, providing a strong, supportive community of mentors and peers.
After obtaining my nurse educator degree at Bethel and teaching for a few years, I taught a couple of semesters at a university in Uganda. Bethel prepared me well for the challenge of teaching and working cross-culturally.Joy Peterson '11
Current job: Adjunct professor at Bethel, Nurse at Allina
My Bethel master's degree has prepared me to be the best nursing leader I can be. The research projects taught me how to tackle issues on my unit with an evidence-based approach. I loved the cohort aspect of the program.Jill Branovsky '12
Current job: HealthEast Woodwinds Maternity Care
Bethel Seminary made all the difference. The professors believe in you, lead you and guide you through the process of academic prowess toward your degree in a clear and concise way. It was a fundamentally life changing experience for me!Mike Morawski '11
Current job: Adjunct Prof. Central CT. State Univ. Religious Studies
Bethel gave me an exceptional foundation in nursing. Emphasis was placed on providing holistic, quality care. Upon graduation I was well prepared for bedside nursing as well as pursuing an advanced practice, doctoral degree.Charitey (Rowden) Robar '10
Current job: Staff Nurse, University of Missouri Hospital- Medical Intensive Care Unit
Studying Political Science at Bethel greatly influenced my direction and experience now in ministry with the homeless and addicted populations in the Twin Cities. I have gained a more keen eye for the ways power can be used and abused!David Morrow '04
Current job: Director of Chaplains at Union Gospel Mission
My grad school experience at Bethel was excellent. I really enjoyed the online classes in this program because they provided me with a quality educational experience and still fit in with my busy career and schedule.Jill Larson '15
Current job: Program Administrator at Heritage Academy of Science and Technology
I am astonished and whole-heartedly humbled by the love, support, and friendships I made in the Athletic Training Education Program! I not only received an outstanding education by top professors, but I was able to become their friends, and now, colleagues!Megan Roschen '13
Grad school: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
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
History majors are perhaps more prevalent in the corporate world than you think. The habits of research, writing and critical thinking built from a history degree are vital in any field. The ability to critically evaluate sources is particularly valuable.Tim Goddard '04
Current job: Vice President of Marketing, Corum Group Ltd
The Bethel University Theatre Department provides unique insight into the relationship between faith and art. It strives to examine and explore tough subjects through the theatre.Aaron Crosby '12
Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design at Temple University; Lighting Designer
I had the opportunity to become very close friends with the professors of the Athletic Training Education Program and still look to them for mentoring and advice. Working so closely with them provided a unique experience that I forever cherish!Megan Roschen '13
Grad School: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
This program is a great model for an educator who wants to pursue a career as an international administrator. It is challenging yet reachable, theory based yet practical in its application, and the professors are always willing to help.Shaun O'Rourke '18
Grad School: Ed. D. Bethel University
The graduate school teaching program gave me the opportunity to pursue my true passion of teaching. Bethel provided me with real world examples and resources that I could directly use in my own classroom. This program is flexible yet challenging.Lawton Burgstahler '15
Current job: Buffalo Lake Hector Stewart High School Business Teacher
I think some of what I found most meaningful and helpful about being a philosophy major was the ability to think through large scale issues and problems, but also the ability to delve deeply into the details to get a deeper understanding of the issues. The ability to look at things from so many perspectives has been great in a career that requires me to consider so many different stakeholders.Brianna Menning '06
Current job: Associate Program Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative
Spain Term changed my life. God showed me a beautiful culture and people in need of Him. After graduation, I returned to complete a masters in Spanish and literature, and then taught at a private school in Madrid.Lauren Borst '09
Current job: Spanish Teacher at The Altamont School, Birmingham, Alabama
What can I do with a physics or engineering degree?
Physics and engineering students are well prepared for professional careers in many different industries and have an exceptional history of success in graduate school.
Career fields of physics and engineering graduates:
- Computer programming
- Crime or forensics
- Engineering (Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Geological, Mechanical)
- High school physics education
- Lab technician
- Mathematics or statistics
- Medical technology
- Medical imaging
- Nuclear lab technician
- Optical device design
- Science research
- Structural design (e.g., stadiums, bridges, amusement park rides)
- Technical writing or illustration
Graduate schools our physics and engineering alumni attend:
- Colorado, Boulder
- New Mexico
- Ohio State
- University of Michigan
The majority of our graduates receive full financial support (stipend and tuition) in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships.
Graduate fields our alumni go into:
- Mechanical engineering
- Biomedical engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Industrial engineering
- Civil or structural engineering
- Cognitive science
- Computer science
- Business law