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This major will prepare you to meet Indiana state licensing requirements for teaching middle school science and/or high school chemistry and physics.

With a long and rich tradition of preparing future teachers, we will give you all the necessary tools to be a successful educator.

What You Will Learn

  • teaching methods
  • educational theories
  • principles for teaching at the secondary level
  • content in chemistry and physics

What It’s Like to Pursue a Teaching Major in Chemistry at Ball State 

Our knowledgeable faculty and staff are committed to serving our students. We take great pride in our faculty-student interactions, incorporating faculty supervision in all laboratories, encouraging cooperative learning, and providing numerous opportunities for both formal and informal student-faculty engagement.

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The Chemistry Research Immersion Summer Program (CRISP) is one of the largest undergraduate research programs in chemistry in the nation. An average of about 40 students each summer have participated in CRISP over the past several years.

CRISP students do research, attend research group meetings, and have the opportunity to present their findings at weekly research meetings. All of the students in the program also present a poster describing their research at the CRISP poster session at the end of the summer session.

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We have a variety of state-of-the-art scientific equipment which our students are encouraged to use. Many of our instruments are the same kind you would find on the popular show CSI.

You will not watch idly as your professors use all this sophisticated equipment—you will work with the equipment yourself.

In addition, our department uses the University Imaging Laboratory, which includes electron microscopy facilities.

Departmental instrumentation includes:

  • 400 and 300 MHz multinuclear NMR spectrometers
  • FT-IR Spectrometers
  • Gas Chromatographs
  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatographs
  • Fluorescence spectrometers
  • Flame AA/AE and graphite furnace AA
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Laser Flash Photolysis
  • GC/MS
  • Ultimate 3000 Rapid Separation LC unit coupled to an LTQ XL linear ion trap mass spectrometer

Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) is open to all students. This vibrant, award-winning group meets monthly to do service for the community and Ball State. SAACS members promote an interest in chemistry, address issues facing chemistry students, and promote an awareness of the responsibilities and challenges of today's chemists.

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Our small class sizes give students the opportunity to get the focused, one-on-one attention from instructors they need to succeed academically. Students also work closely together in our organizations, research labs, and in the community to promote chemistry education.

Major Requirements

This program prepares you to teach either:

  • physical science (chemistry and physics) at a middle school or high school – 4.5-year track
  • chemistry and physics at a high school – 4-year track

You will take a blend of chemistry classes through our department (content courses) and teaching theory and practices from the Teachers College (pedagogy courses).

You will also need to meet course requirements set by our University Core Curriculum.


Along with the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, you will need to meet the following credit requirements, depending on which track you choose:

  • 4-year track: 56 credits
  • 4.5-year track: 74 credits


A few of the classes you will take include:

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Principles of Biochemistry

You will also need to take classes in physics and calculus.

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Teaching Major Degree in Physical Science?

Graduates from the teaching program in physical science are certified and prepared to enter the teaching field in Indiana as middle school and/or high school teachers in the following subject areas:

  • physical science
  • chemistry
  • physics

Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of funding options offered through Ball State’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, our department awards scholarships to our own students. Find a scholarship.

Ready to Apply?

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

Want to Learn More?

The best way to get a true feel for Ball State is to spend some time here, so we encourage you and your family to schedule a campus visit. Take a tour, attend an information session, meet with a professor in our area, and ask plenty of questions. Or, if you’d rather speak to someone directly by phone or email, please feel free to contact us.