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You love

  • building things
  • taking existing things apart and putting them back together
  • using math and science to make things happen

Why liberal arts

Bethel College doesn’t have a formal pre-engineering program/major, but you can launch from here.

  • solid foundation: chemistry, math, physics, programming
  • important skills: public speaking, critical writing, active listening, solid questioning
  • low faculty-student ratio that equals personalized mentoring and advising

This is important

  • It gives you an edge when you apply for graduate programs.
  • You’ll be able to figure out what your client wants and present your proposal in a way they’ll understand.
  • Engineering and all science are about interconnections – and that’s what you gain from a liberal-arts education.


  • Pre-calculus
  • Not required but highly recommended: a strong high school science background that includes chemistry and physics

Want to talk more with faculty and current students? Schedule a campus visit.

Already visited campus, but want to come back to interview for a science or STEM scholarship? Schedule an interview.


Recent undergraduate research project topics have included:

  • Possibilities for digital image correlation on biological materials
  • Analyzing the light curves of two variable stars
  • The Kirkwood gaps: Orbital characteristics and precession

Post-graduate careers include:

  • Mechanical
  • Civil
  • Chemical
  • Aerospace
  • Computer
  • Industrial

As a dual-degree student, you’ll complete most or all Bethel General Education requirements and most major requirements in three years and then transfer to any accredited engineering school. When you complete all Bethel requirements (by transferring hours to Bethel from the engineering school) and all engineering school requirements, you receive two baccalaureate degrees, one from each institution – making you more competitive in the job market.

All pre-engineering students work closely with an adviser, to become familiar as quickly as possible with the chosen engineering program and ensure a smooth transfer.

Mission Statement

Bethel College prepares students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.