We have been recognized for the numbers of both our bachelor’s
degrees awarded from 2004 through 2008. We are in the top 20 percent for bachelor’s degrees awarded, according to the American Institute of Physics (AIP).
We also ranked first or second in master’s degrees awarded among sixty-three departments in which the master’s degree is the highest physics degree awarded for each of the past three years. AIP also ranked us among the strongest professional master’s degree programs in its most recent study in 2001.
Our students are constantly winning awards. The Ball State chapter of the Society of Physics Students received the honor of being selected as an outstanding chapter by the national affiliate. Two of our physics majors were awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Neal Coleman, '10, received the award in 2009. His research project was to develop computer software to test out new models for density functional theory. Will Jay, '12, received the award in 2011. In Jay’s research project, he is using mathematical models to simulate the electromagnetic properties of active human brain tissue.
As you can see, we are busy, but our hard work pays off when you leave our department with a great job or an acceptance letter to a doctoral program.