Physics (B.A. or B.S.)
Bethel offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees in physics. The B.S. is an intensive program designed to prepare you for graduate school or research employment. The B.A. requires fewer courses so that you may develop a more individualized approach to your education. This flexibility allows you to pursue double majors with other fields such as mathematics, computer science, engineering (via the dual-degree program), the humanities (e.g., music or philosophy), or the opportunity for a variety of minors. Take a minute to learn more about the majors and minors offered at Bethel to help you decide if this is something that interests you.
The physics major provides a solid foundation for a large number of different careers in industry, or it can be an excellent springboard for graduate work. Some four-year graduates have gone directly to work for companies like 3M, Medtronic, Accenture, United Technologies Inc., Honeywell, Logic Product Development, Measurement Technology Lab, Cray, Dynamark, and Aerospace Corp. Besides all the students who have gone on to graduate school in engineering, we have had some go on in medicine, computer science, and even forestry. Some decide to continue in physics, receiving Ph.D.s from universities such as Yale, Princeton, MIT, and Illinois. Many have later obtained prestigious post-doctoral positions with JILA (Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics), NIST, Caltech, IBM, University of Wisconsin--Madison, Brookhaven National Lab, and an NSF International Research Fellowship at the University of Wales. Some of our alumni have gone on to become physics professors at schools like the University of Toronto and the University of Arizona.