Degree Requirements

In addition to course work, you will be required to write a research paper on a research project in physics, physics education, astronomy, or astronomy education. The research paper earns a total of 3 hours credit.

Course requirements Hours
Content courses in physics, applied physics, or astronomy as approved by the department 12-18
Professional Education Core*


Minors and non-departmental electives as approved by the department


Research Requirement - RES 697 (1-3) Research Paper


Total Hours Required


*Students admitted to master of arts in education (MAE) programs are required to complete three courses from a professional education core. Learn more about these core requirements.

You can find full course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ball State University
Cooper Physical Science Building, room 101
Muncie, IN 47306

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