Why Chemistry at Bethel?

The chemistry program at Bethel challenges students academically, prepares graduates for work or continued study in diverse scientific fields, and strives to honor God. Here are a few of the unique characteristics of our program:

  • Great research experiences. All majors participate in 2 years of research experience working alongside a faculty member. Research projects include performing original research and presenting results at local, regional, and national meetings.
  • Externally recognized quality. The department has been approved by the American Chemical Society since 2007.
  • Exceptional alumni track record. Alumni from recent years have earned graduate degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, and toxicology, law degrees, master’s degrees in chemistry and education, and degrees from pharmacy and dental school. These alumni have pursued advanced studies at Yale, Stanford, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Iowa, William Mitchell College of Law, Rochester, Minnesota-Twin Cities, Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern, Kansas, Penn. State, George Washington, Michigan State, and Virginia Tech. Alumni are currently employed at R&D Systems, Medtronic, 3M, Pace Analytical, General Mills, TruVue, Boston Scientific, Ecolab, and several middle/high schools, amongst others.
  • Chemistry Community. Departmental camping trips and other social events sponsored by Bethel’s ChemClub provide great opportunities for learning and fun. Female students benefit greatly from Women in Chemistry social and networking events. The department’s strong alumni relations give current students the opportunity to learn from and connect with former Bethel students working in their desired field.
  • Thoughtful Christian approach. We’re a Christian liberal arts university with a strong evangelical foundation. This means we thread several important questions throughout our courses: 
    • How does a Christian perspective change how we do science?
    • What illumination does chemistry give us on faith (and vice versa)?
    • What points of tension call for continuing reflection?