Majors & Minors
Our majors and minors are perfect for students who:
- Wish to explore and understand why nature behaves the way it does
- Enjoy analytical, quantitative, and mathematical reasoning
- Seek a marketable, flexible degree that will prepare them for graduate school, medical school, or a variety of scientific careers
B.A. in Chemistry
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is particularly appropriate for students considering advanced training at a professional school or a career in the health professions. The program consists of nine chemistry courses along with courses in math, physics, and general education. In addition, the junior and senior seminars serve as the formal experiences for studying research methods, presenting research, surveying career options, hearing outside speakers, and participating in activities in preparation for graduation.
B.S. in Chemistry
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is a more rigorous academic program of study that includes 12 chemistry courses in addition to the seminar sequence, along with supporting courses in math, physics, and general education. The Bachelor of Science degree is recommended for students interested in employment immediately after graduation or in graduate school in chemistry. The B.S. degree provides a strong background in chemistry attractive to employers and graduate/professional schools. This degree merits distinction as an American Chemical Society approved degree in chemistry.
B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is a joint program between the biology and chemistry departments. It includes five biology courses, eight chemistry courses, and courses in math and physics. The major integrates principles from biology and chemistry to create a unique focus on understanding how organisms function at the biochemical and molecular level. The program of study includes significant course and laboratory requirements, along with research opportunities. The degree is recommended for students interested in pursuing professional degrees in the health professions, employment immediately after graduation, or graduate school in the biochemistry/molecular biology fields. Students following the seminar/research track in the chemistry department can earn a B.A. in Chemistry as well by taking one additional 300-level chemistry course. This dual-track major merits distinction as an American Chemical Society approved degree in biochemistry.
B.A. in Engineering Science/B.S. in Chemical Engineering or B.A. in Chemistry/B.S. in Chemical Engineering
The chemical engineering curriculum involves traditional chemistry courses as well as a variety of engineering courses. Chemical engineers solve challenges associated with chemical reactions and processes in plants and manufacturing facilities. In addition to chemistry, the chemical engineer takes extensive course work in thermodynamics, material properties, and material transport. In the 3-2 dual degree program at Bethel, students take most of the pre-engineering courses required of all engineering programs. They also complete several courses in general, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry. In this dual-degree program, students earn a B.A. degree from Bethel along with a B.S. in chemical engineering from an accredited engineering program.
Chemistry Secondary Education
Students in the Chemistry Secondary Education program combine their chemistry studies with education courses to teach chemistry at the elementary, middle school, or high school level. Students who complete the program will be licensed to teach both high school chemistry and general science in grades 5 through 12. Students can maximize their future flexibility by completing three additional chemistry electives and earning a B.A. in Chemistry along with the teaching licensure.
Medical programs do not give preference to students with a major in pre-medicine. For this reason, Bethel has chosen to not offer a pre-med major. Instead, we encourage students to select a major that works best for them. Students must take certain prerequisite courses while they are completing their college degree to make themselves eligible to apply for medical school programs. Many pre-med students choose the degree with the greatest overlap with medical school requirements, which is the B.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.
Check out our Pre-Medicine and Health Professions for more information.
The chemistry minor is perfect for Biology (B.S.) majors to increase their flexibility. It requires only one additional class if you choose to take Biochemistry I as your elective in the Cell and Molecular area. Additionally, this minor is automatically earned by those Biochemistry/Molecular majors who choose not to earn a B.A. in Chemistry.
The minor requires the full general chemistry sequence (CHE111/212 or CHE210) plus four additional 200- or 300-level chemistry courses.