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

The dual-degree engineering program is designed for the student who desires a stronger liberal arts and science background than can be achieved within a traditional engineering program. In this 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 bachelor of arts degree. Students benefit from small introductory class sizes and the Christian emphasis at Bethel, while obtaining their engineering degree from a widely respected and recognized school of engineering.

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 been established 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 other university, although students may elect to spend more time at either or both institutions.

Program Requirements:

  1. All General Education requirements as prescribed in this catalog must be met, except the writing and speaking proficiency courses within the major.
  2. The requirements for an engineering major, as listed below, must be met.
  3. Formal application must be made to the chairperson of the Bethel University Department of Physics.
  4. Entrance requirements for the cooperating school of engineering must be met.
  5. All requirements for an engineering degree at a school of engineering must be completed.
  6. Neither the bachelor of arts degree from Bethel University nor the bachelor’s degree in engineering is awarded until requirements for both degrees have been met.

In addition to the engineering courses listed below, many additional courses listed in the physics section of this catalog are approved engineering courses by various schools of engineering. A complete listing of such courses approved by the University of Minnesota is available from the physics department.

Major in Engineering

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.

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

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.

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.

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. Spring 2017: “Robotics” Will emphasize the techniques, skills and knowledge necessary for designing, constructing, and testing a robotic platform. Lecture topics will include such themes as control theory, signal analysis and conditioning, artificial intelligence, microcontrollers, prototyping and 3D printing, printed circuit board (PCB) design and fabrication, circuit simulation, sensors, actuators, and physical modeling.
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.