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The College of Arts and Sciences is Bethel's undergraduate college for recent high school graduates and transfer students. 

This catalog is part two of a four-part series. Part one, the application packet, introduces prospective students to life at Bethel, while this catalog relates to the academic programs. Part three, the student hand­book, outlines university procedures and expectations of students. Part four, the interim catalog, is issued in October with course descriptions for the January term.

Every student is to be familiar with and will be held responsible for conforming to the expectations contained in “A Covenant for Life Together at Bethel” (see page 8), academic regulations, and campus procedures as stated in these four publications, as well as information published in the Bethel E-Announcements, which are distributed electronically three times per week during the academic year.

It is the official policy and commitment of Bethel University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, or disability in its educational programs, admissions, or employment practices. The president of Bethel University has designated the ­director of human resources as the compliance officer for the institution. Inquiries regarding compliance may be ­directed to:

The Compliance Officer, Bethel University
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112
Phone: 651.638.6119

Bethel University adheres to the provisions of the federal Family Educational Rights and ­Privacy Act of 1974. For a copy of Bethel policy, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Accreditation And Membership

Bethel University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( ; phone: 312.263.0456). Bethel is also accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, the Council on Social Work Education (at the undergraduate level); the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE) (at the undergraduate level for the Athletic Training Education Program); and The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (at the undergraduate and master’s levels):

One Dupont Circle NW Suite 530
Washington, D.C. 20036-1120
Phone: 202.887.6791

Undergraduate teacher preparation programs leading to licensure for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, and secondary teaching, as well as graduate programs leading to licensure in special education and middle school teaching, are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The Department of Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society, and programs in the department are certified.

The academic program at Bethel University is enriched by its membership and participation in programs of the Christian College Consortium, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education, the Jerusalem University College, and the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies.

Bethel University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Information in this catalog is descriptive only and not contractual. All listed courses and programs are current at the time of printing, but are subject to change without notice based on enrollment, faculty availability, and other considerations. Bethel reserves the right to withdraw a course or program or to limit its enrollment.

While Bethel publishes program information and materials and assigns advisors, the student is ultimately responsible to assure that he or she has fulfilled all graduation requirements. Bethel reserves the right to withdraw a previously awarded degree if it subsequently determines that the student did not complete degree requirements.