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This major is designed to prepare students for further studies or for careers in the field. The B.A. in chemistry is the common "working degree," and graduates are ready for employment in the chemical industry, both locally and nationally. Students going on for additional study would be able to pursue medicine, dentistry or research or academic work in chemistry or biochemistry.

Chemistry Minor

Engineering Combination Program—B.S. in Math/Physics

Bethel College offers two collaborative engineering programs – one through the University of Notre Dame and the other through Trine University. A student enrolled for either program completes three years of study at Bethel College and two additional years of study at the cooperating university selected. At the end of one year of satisfactory study at the university, Bethel College awards a B.S. degree in mathematics/physics, and at the end of the second year the university awards a B.S. degree in engineering. As part of Bethel College’s requirements, each engineering student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for Trine University and 3.3 for University of Notre Dame; earn a grade of at least “C” in all courses in the major; and receive a favorable recommendation from the chair of the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science and the chair of the Division of Natural Science and be accepted by the one of the cooperating institutions. These are Bethel College’s requirements and may not correspond to the cooperating institutions requirements. The student should talk to one of Bethel’s advisors of the engineering students about the current requirements of each of the cooperating universities. During the third year of study at Bethel College, the student must officially apply for admission to the cooperating university as part of the transfer process. Students interested in majoring in engineering should contact the Office of Admissions and the divisional chairperson for further information regarding performance standards and available programs.

Engineering Science

Physics Minor


This program is designed to meet the entrance requirements for professional schools such as medical, dental, physical therapy and veterinary schools. The courses in this major are specifically chosen to prepare students for the MCAT (Medical Colleges Admissions Test), to allow flexibility in additional training in the sciences, and to allow students to take helpful courses in non-science disciplines. Students are advised to include anatomy—either Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy or Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II.

It should be noted that only a small percentage of students going to medical schools take a "pre-med" major. With this in mind, students are encouraged to also consider majors such as Biology or Chemistry (or a number of other fields), as there are more common ways to train for entrance into these types of professional programs. [Minimal requirements for most medical schools are 1 year of Biology, 1 year of General Chemistry, 1 year of Organic Chemistry and 1 year of Physics (some also require a year of calculus)].

Science Education

This major is designed to prepare students for teaching Science at the high school level. This degree is divided into two subject areas (Life Sciences and Physical Sciences) to ensure the student has the proper background to qualify for a teaching certification in the state of Indiana at the high school level.