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.
$ 0M in grant money received in 9 grants since 2011
0 current National Science Foundation grants for cutting-edge research in physics, engineering, and nanotechnology
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.
The philosophy department at Bethel exposed me not only to challenging intellectual ideas, but also to new ways of thinking and learning. The experience helped to prepare me for the rigorous academic requirements of both law school and legal practice.Eva Rodelius '10
Current job: Associate Attorney at Carson, Clelland & Schreder
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
Before coming to Bethel I was already driven to pursue certain ultimate questions about human existence. For instance, questions about the meaning of life, the nature of the human person, the nature and objectivity of ethics, the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, and so on. When I came to Bethel as a philosophy major I felt like I had found a home. I found a supportive and caring community of people, among both fellow students and the faculty, with whom I could engage in shared philosophical enquiry into questions that are of great significance for human life.David McPherson, Ph.D. '05
Current job: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Creighton University
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