• The Department of Chemistry's longtime summer research program is a model for other universities and a major partner in the interuniversity Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE), a National Science Foundation funded program to advance undergraduate research in chemistry.

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College of Sciences and Humanities.  

  • Ball State formed Indiana's first student chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (BSUASM).
  • The Charles W. Brown Planetarium is the largest in Indiana. The state-of-the-art projector can simulate a night sky with 10 million stars, and its audience can virtually fly through Saturn’s rings, land on Mars, or travel to distant stars and galaxies.
  • At the Center for Computational Nanoscience, undergraduate and graduate students work on research projects in nanoscience, the study of objects at the molecular level.
  • The Field Station and Environmental Education Center is a collaboration of the Departments of Biology, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Landscape Architecture, Geology, and others.
  • Each summer, Ball State geography students travel to America's Tornado Alley in search of severe storms to hone their weather forecasting skills and learn how tornadoes are formed.
  • The risk management, insurance, and actuarial science program is a collaborative effort between Miller College and the College of Sciences and Humanities that provides opportunities for research and interaction with industry. Actuarial science students contend successfully in international competitions, applying their skills to real-world problems.
  • The Bowen Center for Public Affairs conducted the 2017 Old National Bank/Ball State University Hoosier Survey about political and social concerns. All members of the General Assembly and elected state officials get the survey’s results.
  • Ball State’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was the first program in the United States to be accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.