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Applied Physics, with its various emphases, is an exciting and innovative new major at Bethel. Our goal is to produce graduates equipped for high-technology employment, interdisciplinary research, and graduate education in applied science and engineering.

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Why should I study applied physics with an electronics emphasis?

Physics provides the foundation for all engineering fields because, broadly speaking, engineering is about taking what we know about the physical universe and applying it to help people in their everyday lives. The more one knows about physics, the greater the opportunity to find new and different approaches to solutions—before the design details are turned over to traditional engineers. The Applied Physics major with an Electronics emphasis is designed to fill the gap between the traditional physicist and the traditional electrical engineer. 

What can I do with this degree?

Adding an Electronics emphasis to a Physics major provides excellent preparation for graduate work in electrical or computer engineering. Graduate engineering is about finding new and/or better approaches to solving problems, and that is precisely what this degree prepares students to do.

Many problems that companies desire to solve do not easily fall into specific engineering categories. Knowing something about engineering design while simultaneously having the broad base of applied physics will position graduates perfectly for filling such needs. In particular, small start-up companies look for broader employees who can solve problems from different directions.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

As an Applied Physics major, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with professors on real-world research projects in our state-of-the-art labs; publish papers in prestigious science journals; present your findings at local and national conferences; intern at a wide range of companies, government agencies, and universities (both national and international); and work as a research assistant during the summer months.


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Upcoming Events

MAR 2 2024

MN State Science Olympiad

8 a.m. CLC Lobby

State Science Olympiad competition for both Middle and High School students

APR 6 2024

Understanding Creation: A Christian Reflection on Artificial Intelligence

8:30 a.m. Anderson Center Community Room

The annual faith/science mini-conference, co-hosted by Bethel University and Crown College, will explore a Christian perspective on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

APR 8 2024

Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

12:45 p.m.

Come join us to watch the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8; we'll have telescopes with solar filters and eclipse glasses available for safe solar viewing.

MAY 11 2024

Science Research Symposium

1:30 p.m. Brushaber Commons Atrium

Come support and celebrate our Bethel Science students! Find out about their research and internships during their presentations at our Science Research symposium.