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In the engineering dual-degree program, students typically spend 3 years at Bethel taking their foundational classes and then transfer to another university to spend 2 years working on specialty courses in areas such as aeronautical, biomedical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering. After about 5 years, sometimes less, students graduate with 2 degrees: a degree from the engineering school and a B.A. from Bethel. Since the average engineering major at any school takes 5 years to graduate, the "3-2" provides 2 degrees, plus all the advantages of small class sizes, in about the same amount of time. Some students also finish in less time depending on advanced placement credits.

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Why should I study engineering?

In our experience, dual-degree grads have great success obtaining job offers. Employers really do appreciate students who have received the broader education that a B.A. degree provides. A big part of any engineer’s success lies in his or her ability to communicate results to other engineers and the public. Liberal arts classes train you to communicate well both orally and in writing—skills that often receive minimal attention in a standard engineering program. In addition, Bethel’s broad course load provides more intensive work in mathematics and the sciences than the typical engineering major receives. Overall, the dual degree has a positive, long-term impact on your potential as an engineer, both in the ability to adapt to a changing technical environment, and as a leader or manager of other engineers.

Some students decide to work a little bit harder and earn their Bethel B.A. with a major in physics along with their engineering degree. This combination is particularly strong in the job market and for those who want to do graduate work in engineering research.

What can I do with this degree?

You can complete your dual degree at most engineering schools. In recent years, students have gone to schools such as the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State, North Dakota State University, and the Colorado School of Mines. The majority of our students choose the University of Minnesota, and we have a close relationship with their College of Science and Engineering. Typically, a dozen of our students are at the U of MN at any given time, and some even choose to live in Bethel residence halls. To date, virtually all Bethel students have done very well academically after transferring to the school of their choice.

What skills will I develop?

No matter what field of engineering a student chooses, more than half of the courses taken will be the same. All students take:

  • Physics
  • Math
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • General education requirements

Because the curriculum for the first 3 years is essentially the same, many students spend this time learning about themselves and their interests before deciding on a particular area of engineering.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

As a 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, and work as a research assistant during the summer months.

Top 15 undergrad physics programs in the nation

-American Institute of Physics

$ 0M in grant money received in 9 grants since 2011

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OCT 7 2017

Homecoming Physics and Engineering Department Open House 2017

10 a.m. AC245 (Academic Center Level 2)

Celebrate Homecoming with the Department of Physics and Engineering, reconnect with alumni and professors, and hear updates on what’s happening in the department (like the new Electrical Engineering major!).

OCT 7 2017

Homecoming Department Open Houses

10 a.m. Various locations

Celebrate Homecoming with your department and hear updates on what's happening in your department and within the Bethel community.

OCT 7 2017

Homecoming Department Open Houses

1 p.m. Various locations

Celebrate Homecoming with your department and hear updates on what's happening in your department and within the Bethel community.

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.

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