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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering is built on the university's incredible track record of excellence in physics and engineering. The heavy emphasis on the sciences produces engineers who can both “think” and “do,” setting them up for success in a rapidly changing work environment. Students take a variety of core courses which emphasize design and teamwork. As they progress through the curriculum, they will have many opportunities to apply classroom theories to the laboratory in an open-ended, project-based environment. Those who complete this program will be well-prepared for graduate studies or a wide variety of business and industry careers.

Why should I study electrical engineering?

If you look in the dictionary, you'll find that engineers apply mathematics, science, economics, and practical knowledge to invent, innovate, design, build, maintain, or improve systems, components, processes, tools, machines or organizations. That’s a lot of words to say that engineers do things which result in change, and electrical engineers specifically work on things which use electricity, contain electronics, or rely on electromagnetism. So anything that has an electric plug, uses batteries, contains a motor, or has an embedded microprocessor was designed by a team with at least one electrical engineer. So, if you are the type of student who likes to tinker with things, designs new devices, has an entrepreneurial idea for a future product, or just likes to know how things work, this degree is for you!

What can I do with this degree?

Potential career opportunities include jobs with these descriptors:

  • Controls/Embedded Controls Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Digital Design Engineer
  • Electronics Design Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Validation Engineer
  • Testing Engineer
  • Instrumentation Engineer

Electrical engineers are found in nearly all industry sectors of our economy. Some of the more prominent fields include medical devices, for which the Twin Cities is an epicenter; power generation; and automotive design. Electrical engineers work in design, research and development, sales, and manufacturing departments. As an electrical engineer, you could work on self-driving cars, wearable electronics, or high-speed train systems. The possibilities are limitless!

Ministry applications could include installing solar-powered water pumping systems or electrical distribution systems, updating aviation communication capabilities, doing facilities planning or maintenance activities. With more specialized education, this degree could also lead to careers as a science and technology journalist, patent attorney, or medical doctor

What skills will I develop?

Engineering classes will develop problem-solving, design, teamwork, trouble-shooting, and debugging skills. The physics-based approach we use will provide a broader, scientifically-based approach to problem-solving in engineering and the additional lab skills that come with it. Additionally, Bethel's liberal arts classes will develop communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills. The Bethel community experience will develop you into a whole and holy person. As a graduating engineer, you will have the skills and experiences necessary to stand head and shoulders above graduates from other universities.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

In the physics and engineering department, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with professors from multiple disciplines on real-world design and research projects; publish papers in prestigious journals; present your findings at local and national conferences; intern at a wide range of companies, government agencies, and universities; and work as a research assistant during the summer months.

Bethel alumni are also involved in undergraduate classes and regular visitors to campus, so you'll graduate with a built-in network of successful local engineers who model Christ-centered excellence in the field, inspire you, and help equip you for success.

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Over 90% of physics alums receive full financial support for graduate work


in national research grants received since 2011

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