Bethany's engineering (dual degree) major is designed to give engineering students the opportunity to also receive the Christian liberal arts education offered at Bethany. In this program, students spend three years on the Bethany campus fulfilling general education requirements along with a broad spectrum of pre-engineering and science courses. Students then transfer to the University of Minnesota for the engineering-specific coursework in any of over a dozen engineering disciplines - usually requiring two more years. After both sets of requirements are completed, the student receives a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor of arts in the physical sciences from Bethany.
Pre-engineering courses at Bethany traditionally have less than twenty students. This allows you to take advantage of the personal attention professors can only give with small classes. By taking several of our science courses, students are provided with the necessary background to grow creatively and intellectually in the field. In addition, with scientific instruction from a Christian perspective, Bethany also prepares students to appreciate God's creation and to apply what they learn for the benefit of society.
After three years at Bethany, students are guaranteed placement in their engineering program of choice at the University of Minnesota, given that they satisfy the degree requirements and the minimum GPA requirements. This means that dual-degree students at Bethany do not have to worry about being accepted as transfer students to their engineering institution.
After having completed the liberal arts and pre-engineering requirements at Bethany, the dual-degree student will be prepared to pursue virtually any field of engineering, including:
- To secure a foundation in mathematics and the sciences for a better understanding of the created world in which we live.
- To develop understanding of physical systems in the context of our Creator.
- To more effectively communicate using both the terminology and core principles of engineering and the physical sciences.
- To enable students to be critical of scientific research and literature.
- To develop the ability to integrate concepts from the full spectrum of the physical sciences