At Ball State, you will work with professors who have varied research interests, ranging from astronomy to nanoscience to physics education. Plus, you can expand your learning beyond the classroom through research opportunities and colloquia.

In our doctoral programs, you will also:

  • Study broadly in your chosen concentration area. We will prepare you to teach comprehensive introductory courses in your major field/concentration as well upper level undergraduate courses in your subdiscipline (e.g., nuclear physics) and courses outside of your core discipline. (For example, in a small college, a physics professor may teach a mathematics course or an interdisciplinary science course.)
  • Learn how to teach. You will complete a core of education and science education courses however, the depth and breadth of teaching course work will according to your career goals. Historically, we have emphasized teaching, and we immerse our doctoral students in that scholarship of teaching culture.
  • Practice teaching a college science course with a faculty mentor. You will complete a supervised extended internship teaching under the mentorship of a faculty member. First, you will have teaching opportunities within your capabilities, which are usually as a teaching assistant in a laboratory portion of an introductory course. Then, you will progress to teaching a small but significant part of a course. Finally, you will have full responsibility for teaching an entire course which often occurs in a community college or other real-world setting. This level of practice helps you sharpen your skills.