In our programs, you will:
- Study broadly in your chosen concentration area. We will prepare you to teach comprehensive introductory courses in your major field/concentration as well upper division, undergraduate courses in your subdiscipline (e.g., analytical chemistry) 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. All science doctoral students will complete a core of education and science education courses; however, the depth and breadth of teaching course work will vary from student to student, according to their career goals. Historically Ball State has 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, usually as a teaching assistant in a laboratory portion of an introductory course. Then, you will progress to teaching a small, and then a 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. Our students typically teach in some capacity their programs, steadily sharpening their skills.