Students who desire a strong liberal arts and science background can pursue engineering in two ways. The B.S. in Electrical Engineering is a 4-year program that can be completed entirely at Bethel University. The B.A./B.S. Dual-Degree Engineering program is typically arranged as 3 years at Bethel University and 2 years at another university with an accredited engineering program. In this program, students earn both a B.A. from Bethel University and an engineering degree from the other institution.

B.S. Electrical Engineering

The B.S. in Electrical Engineering is designed to graduate outstanding engineers who also have a stronger liberal arts and science background than can be achieved within a traditional engineering program. Our distinctive and innovative approach is based heavily in physics, which is foundational to all engineering disciplines, but uniquely so for electrical. We build on our long tradition of excellence in laboratory-based, hands-on learning. Theory is stressed in the classroom, but plenty of opportunity exists to apply the principles in the laboratory and design setting. Bethel’s Christian liberal arts emphasis helps students develop as whole persons while preparing engineers for either leadership roles in industry or continuing their education in graduate school.

B.A./B.S. Dual-Degree Engineering Program

In the dual-degree engineering program, students earn both a B.A. from Bethel University and an engineering degree from an accredited school of engineering. This combination of degrees has proven to be powerfully attractive to prospective employers who seek well-trained engineers with the communication and leadership skills inherent in a B.A. degree. Students benefit from small introductory class sizes and the Christian emphasis at Bethel while obtaining their engineering degree from any widely respected and recognized school of engineering that offers the engineering field of their choice.

Arrangements to complete the Dual-degree Engineering Program can be made with almost any school of engineering on an individual basis, enabling students to go to the school of their choice. A strong working relationship has existed for decades between Bethel University and the University of Minnesota (College of Science and Engineering) in Minneapolis, making it a popular choice for our students. Graduation requirements can normally be met in five years or less of full-time study. The program is typically arranged as three years at Bethel University and two years at the cooperating university, although students may elect to spend more time at either or both institutions.

Program Requirements for a Dual-Degree in Engineering:

  1. All General Education requirements as prescribed in this catalog must be met, except the writing and speaking proficiency courses within the major.
  2. Formal application must be made to the chairperson of the Bethel University Department of Physics and Engineering.
  3. Transfer requirements for the cooperating school of engineering must be met.
  4. All requirements for an engineering degree at a school of engineering must be completed. The bachelor of arts degree in engineering from Bethel University is not awarded until requirements for degrees from both universities have been met.

Many of Bethel's physics and engineering courses are pre-approved engineering courses by various other schools of engineering. A complete listing of such courses approved by the University of Minnesota is available from the Department of Physics and Engineering.

Graduate Engineering Program

An increasingly popular option with our students is to major in physics or applied physics and then earn a graduate degree in fields such as biomedical, civil, electrical, mechanical, industrial, or aerospace engineering.

Normally this means 4 years at Bethel followed by 2 years in graduate school. At the end of 6 years, you’ll have both a B.S. from Bethel and an M.S. from the graduate school of your choice. This approach is particularly appealing if you’re interested in a career that’s more involved with engineering research.

Typically, our students get full financial support during their graduate work through research or teaching assistantships, tuition waivers, or even fellowships. A few have finished their master’s degree in considerably less than 2 years, and some continue on for doctoral degrees in engineering.

Many of our students choose to do graduate work at the nearby University of Minnesota, one of the best engineering schools in the country. Of course, graduate work can be, and is, done at many other fine schools.

ENR160 • Introduction to Engineering. 3 Credits.

Introduction to engineering fields, practicing engineers, engineering work, and the tools that engineers use. Topics such as process and methodology, statistical analysis, and the use of computer coftware (e.g., CAD) in the development of specifications, design, and prototyping. Emphasis on the ethics and responsibilities of the engineering process.
Offered: Interim.

ENR260 • Careers in Engineering and Physics Seminar. 1 Credit.

Focus on developing careers in high-technology fields such as engineering and physics. Emphasis on exploring some of the wide variety of specific careers possible through methods such as video, lecture, tours, and guest speakers. Development of practical professional skills such as writing resumes and cover letters, accumulating connections and experience, and developing techniques for interviewing.
Prerequisites: PHY296/297. Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in physics.

ENR306 • Digital Logic and Design. 3 Credits.

Introduction to digital logic and design. Topics may include Boolean algebra, design and optimization of combinational and sequential logic, the use of programmable logic devices such as FPGA, VHDL or Verilog modeling, and an introduction to processors and memory. Extensive lab experience in the simulation, desin, construction and testing of digital circuits.
Prerequisites: PHY302/303, MAT125. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR307 is required.

ENR307 • Digital Logic and Design Lab. 1 Credit.

Lab experience accompaning ENR306 .
Prerequisites: PHY302/303, MAT125. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR306 is required.

ENR308 • Statics and Mechanics of Materials. 4 Credits.

Force and moment vectors, equilibrium of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions; trusses, friction, centroids, and moments of inertia. Linear elasticity; introduction to stress and strain analysis applied to beams, vessels, pipes, and combined loading; stress and strain; axial, flexural, and torsional deflections for linear elastic materials.
Prerequisites: MAT223 (may be taken concurrently); PHY292/292D. Offered: Spring, even # years

ENR316 • Analog Circuitry and Design. 3 Credits.

Feedback principles and electronic circuit theory and device theory applied to multistage transistor amplifiers. Detailed study of operational amplifiers. Power supply design. Nonlinear circuits. Introduction to filter theory. Introduction to noise analysis and low noise design. Circuit design and construction experience emphasized in projects and the laboratory. Corequisites: PHY202/PHY202. MAT222(may be taken concurrently).
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR317 is required.

ENR317 • Analog Circuitry & Design Lab. 1 Credit.

Lab experience accompanying ENR316.
Prerequisites: PHY202/PHY202. MAT222(may be taken concurrently). Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR316 is required.

ENR320 • Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering. 4 Credits.

Development of skill in mathematical techniques useful in the solution of physics and engineering problems. Included are vector analysis; line and surface integrals; Fourier analysis; partial differential equations; and linear algebra topics such as basis, dimension, matrices, eigenvalues/eigenvectors.
Prerequisites: MAT222; MAT223. Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in physics.

ENR326 • Circuit Analysis & Simulations. 3 Credits.

Circuit analysis techniques as applied to: sinusoidal steady state analysis with power calculations, first and second order transient analysis in both time and Laplace domains, three-phase circuits and magnetically coupled circuits. Additional topics include: frequency response, resonance, filters, Bode plots. Simulation of electrical and electronic circuits will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: PHY302/ PHY303. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR327 is required.

ENR327 • Circuit Analysis & Simulations Lab. 1 Credit.

Lab experience accompanying ENR326.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR326 is required.

ENR336 • Signals and Systems. 4 Credits.

Continuous- and discrete-time signals and systems. Topics include: definitions and properties of signals and systems, convolution, solution of differential and difference equations, Laplace and Z transforms, and Fourier analysis. Emphasis is on applicaitons to signal processing, communication and control systems.
Prerequisites: MAT222, PHY302/PHY303, ENR352/ ENR353.

ENR352 • Computer Methods in Physics and Engineering. 3 Credits.

Application of the computer to solving applied problems of interest to physicists and engineers. Computer techniques are developed for numerical methods, simulation models, and data acquisition and control in the laboratory.
Prerequisites: MAT223; PHY296/297 (grade of C or better) or consent of instructor. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR353 is required. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: PHY302/303 is recommended. Carries cross-credit in physics.

ENR353 • Computer Methods in Physics and Engineering Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying ENR352.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR352 is required. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in physics.

ENR422 • Fluid Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Laws of statics, kinematics, and dynamics applied to fluid mechanics. Integral and differential conservation laws for mass, momentum, and energy. Dimensional analysis, viscous pipe flow, boundary layers, separated flows, and potential flow.
Prerequisites: MAT223; PHY296/297 (grade of C or better) or consent of instructor. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR423 is required. Offered: Fall, even # years. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in physics.

ENR423 • Fluid Mechanics Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying ENR422.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR422 is required. Offered: Fall, odd # years. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in physics.

ENR424 • Materials and Devices. 3 Credits.

Theory and application of condensed matter and materials. Physical origin of electrical, optical, mechanical, thermal, and magnetic properties. Particular emphasis on devices such as pn junction diodes, LEDs, solar cells, piezoelectrics, liquid crystals, nanostructures, and sensors. An accompanying lab explores characterization of materials and design, fabrication, and testing of devices.
Prerequisites: PHY302/303 or PHY312/313. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR425 is required. Offered: Fall, even # years. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in physics.

ENR425 • Materials and Devices Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory component of ENR424 .
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR424 required. Offered: Fall, even # years. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in physics.

ENR436 • Microprocessors. 3 Credits.

Advanced principlies of microcomputer hardware and software. Topics include computer organization, instruction sets and addressing modes, assembly language programming, arithmetic and logic operations, input/output, buffers, interrupts and special purpose features such as A/D converters.
Prerequisites: ENR306/ENR307. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR437 is required.

ENR437 • Microprocessors Lab. 1 Credit.

Lab experience accompanying ENR436.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR436 is required.

ENR446 • Control Systems. 3 Credits.

Time and frequency domain representation of feedback control systems. Topics include: stability criteria, root locus methods, frequency response techniques, digital implementation and hardware considerations.
Prerequisites: ENR336. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR447 is required.

ENR447 • Control Systems Lab. 1 Credit.

Lab experience accompanying ENR446.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in ENR446 is required.

ENR450 • Topics in Applied Physics and Engineering. 3-4 Credits.

Topics selected from various fields of engineering and applied physics for the purpose of illustrating the practical application of physical principles. Emphasis on developing the skills and viewpoints commonly used by engineers and industrial physicists.
Prerequisites: ENR320 (may be taken concurrently); MAT222. Repeatable course: Course may be repeated when a different topic is emphasized. Offered: Occasionally. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in physics. The field of engineering or applied physics is announced prior to registration.

ENR465 • Engineering Design Seminar. 1 Credit.

Prepares students for engineering practice through a major design experience. Design projects will have a major engineering component to them, but will be intentionally multi-disciplinary in nature. Students work in teams to design a system to meet a given specification that requires the incorporation of relevant engineering standards.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and a declared major in Electrical Engineering.

ENR490 • Engineering Design Project. 3 Credits.

Prepares students for engineering practice through a major design and prototyping experience. The design produced in ENR465 will be the basis for building a prototype system. The prototype will incorporate relevant engineering standards. Final designs and prototypes are documented in a professional manner and presented publicly.
Prerequisites: ENR465.