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.
current National Science Foundation grants for cutting-edge research in physics, engineering, and nanotechnology
undergrad physics programs in nation (out of 500) in terms of physics degrees granted
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. Scholarships 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.
Bethel’s Physics alumni now make up a strong core of our measurement and automation team. Beyond their obvious technical abilities, they demonstrate the character of Christ in their endeavors which above all is valued I wish to express my gratitude for your teaching and referrals of such excellent people.–Dave Dikken
Current job: President, MTL Corporation
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