Physics is about figuring out how things work, why they work the way they do and applying that knowledge to solve exciting technological problems. Here in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Ball State, we study the properties of matter from subatomic length scales to the structure of galaxies, and everything in between—to improve our understanding of nature. Our nationally recognized programs have a long history of success in producing young scientists and science teachers so much in demand in the 21st century.

Bachelor's in Astronomy

Astronomy Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Are you interested in the universe beyond our world? A major in astronomy is your ticket to the cosmos, where you’ll study galaxies, astrophysics, physics, and more. Learn more.

Bachelor's in Pre-Engineering

Pre-Engineering Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Thinking about a career as an engineer? Our pre-engineering program gives you the solid scientific and technological foundations to set your course toward a full engineering degree. And at the end of the day, you’ll be well-prepared for exciting and well-compensated roles in a variety of engineering fields. Learn more.

Bachelor's in Physics

Physics Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

At its core, physics consists of the basic principles and study of how everything works. The fundamental structure of matter, the science of hi-tech electronic devices, what makes the stars shine—physics is all around us. Our physics major offers two concentrations: general or applied. Learn more.

Bachelor's in Physics Teaching

Physics Education Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Science teachers are some of the most in-demand teaching professionals in the field. If you want to combine your love for teaching with your passion for physics, then Ball State’s physics teaching major is the right option for you. Learn more.

Minor in Physics


Understand how matter, energy—nearly everything around us—works. Our physics minor is designed for anyone who has an interest in this area. Learn more.

Minor in Applied Physics

Applied Physics

The applied physics minor is open to anyone who has an interest in the field. This option is mainly for anyone wanting to pursue a STEM-related career in the industry. We have two options within the applied physics minor: electronics or nanoscience. Learn more.

Minor in Astrophysics


If you have a sound background in math and science, this minor will provide you with the entry-level skills needed for a career in professional observational astronomy or astrophysics. As a graduate, you may seek employment in observatories or continue your education with graduate programs in astronomy or astrophysics. Learn more.

Minor in Introduction to Astronomy

Introduction to Astronomy

When you gaze at the night sky, are you filled with questions about how it all works? Ever wondered what a black hole is? Are there other planets in the universe like Earth? We explore answers to questions like these and more when you minor in astronomy. Learn more.

Master of Arts or Science in Physics

Master's Degree in Physics

Master of Arts or Master of Science

A master’s degree in physics helps you bridge the gap between your college experience and an exciting career in science or science education. Learn more.

Master of Arts in Education in Physics

Master's Degree in Physics Education

Master of Arts in Education

If you’re pursuing a profession as a physics and/or astronomy teacher in a secondary school, a master of arts in education in physics may be right for you. Learn more.