Admissions and Financial Aid

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Our goal is to identify students who have the ability, motivation, and intellectual curiosity needed to thrive in our innovative learning environment.

Also, our department offers several scholarships and graduate assistantships to help with the costs of your education.

Activities and Opportunities

Conduct research, join our society for physics students, find a job or internship in our field—there are plenty of opportunities for you to grow in our field and get to know your classmates and faculty outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Research and Impact

As one of our students, you'll learn from faculty members who are well-established experts in their fields. Our professors are published in astronomy, condensed matter/nanoscience (both experimental and theory), medical physics, nuclear and radiation physics, particle physics, and physics education.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in our fields through our colloquium series each semester, where faculty from Ball State and other institutions present their research.
Researchers in the mountains
Alumni and student

Alumni and Friends

Our alumni remain an important part of our programs long after graduation. We love to hear about and share your successes and keep you updated on the latest in our department. Update your information in the alumni directory to stay in touch with us. Or support current and future students by contributing to one of our scholarship funds.

Learn at the Charles W. Brown Planetarium

As a student, you’ll get to experience the night sky unlike anywhere else in the state. We are home to the Charles W. Brown Planetarium, which is the largest in Indiana.

Largest Planetarium In Indiana

More Than 20,000 Visitors Per Year

Our Public Programs Are All Free

Contact Us

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
(Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)



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