Frequently Asked Questions
Are there alternatives to the physical education requirements?
Special needs students, including differently abled or elderly, may satisfy the physical education requirement by enrolling in PEFWL 105 or PEFWL 160 and receiving instruction through an individualized program. Contact the Coordinator of Adapted Physical Education (HP 213 at 765-285-1462) to make these arrangements. Students pursuing Associates' Degree can take PEFWL 101 (1 credit) and should contact the School of Kinesiology (HP 360, at 765-285-8746).
Can I test out of a University Core Curriculum course?
Some University Core curriculum courses may be offered for credit by departmental examination. Students may not receive credit by examination in a course after they have completed a higher-level course in the same subject. Contact the appropriate departments for more information.
Do University Core Curriculum courses require any high school background in the subject?
No. University Core Curriculum courses are designed for non-majors and students who do not have previous course work in the subject. Beginning-level courses are offered in every University Core Curriculum distribution area.
How do you know which level of a foreign language to choose?
Students who want to earn advanced standing credit in a language previously studied must take a placement test. Students cannot enroll in a higher level class than the test indicates. Once the indicated course is completed with a "C" or higher, the student will receive credit for all lower level courses. Students who have studied more than two years of Spanish or French in high school cannot enroll in the 101 course without permission from the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. Two courses in foreign language can apply to the University Core Curriculum - one for the Humanities and one for the Distributive Elective requirement. Placement tests are given daily during Orientation or they may be taken at a later date. Contact the Department of Modern Languages and Classics (NQ 138, at 765-285-1383) for more information.
How much of my degree is University Core Curriculum courses?
A Bachelor's degree at Ball State University requires a minimum of 126 credit hours. About one-third of the degree consists of courses in the University Core Curriculum. The remainder of the degree consists of courses in the major(s), minor(s), or electives.
Should I take the math placement test?
Students who are uncertain about their math skill level may elect to take the Math Placement to determine placement. The test is optional, free of charge, and may be taken twice. The placement test determines where you begin your math sequence. You cannot earn credit in any math courses by taking this test. Students interested in taking the Math Placement Test should contact the Office of Testing Programs (LU 366 at 765-285-1279). Contact your advisor for help interpreting the math placement test results.
Should I take the math placement test?
Students who are uncertain about their math skill level may elect to take the Math Placement to determine placement. The test is optional, free of charge, and may be taken twice. The placement test determines where you begin your math sequence. You cannot earn credit in any math courses by taking this test. Students interested in taking the Math Placement Test should contact the Office of Testing Programs (LU 366 at (765) 285-1279). Contact your advisor for help interpreting the math placement test results.
What do the course numbers mean?
Complete descriptions for each MATHS class can be found in the Ball State Catalog. Following are the course titles.
105-Fundamentals of Intermediate Algebra (2 credits)
108-Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)
111-Pre-Calculus Algebra (3 credits)
112-Pre-Calculus Trigonometry (3 credits)
125-Mathematics and Its Applications (3 credits)
135-Mathematics for Business (4 credits)
161-Applied Calculus 1 (3 credits)
165-Calculus 1 (4 credits)
201-Number, Algebra, and Probability for the Elementary Teacher (4 credits)
207-Mathematics for the Teacher of the Exceptional Learner (4 credits)
When do you take the writing competency exam?
The Writing Competency exam is a graduation requirement for bachelors' degrees and may be taken after completing ENG 104 and 60 - 90 credits. Students who fail the examination twice will satisfy the Writing Competency requirement by successfully completing ENG 393, but the credits in ENG 393 will not apply toward graduation requirements. Contact the Director of the writing Program (RB 2115, at 765-285-8370) for more information about the Writing Competency Examination.
Which English course(s) must I take?
Students complete the English course requirements in different ways. Those who have not completed ENG 104 or the equivalent will begin at one of the following levels. Placement will be determined by the student's SATV or ACT English score and by the student's Academic Index.
ENG 101 and 102, Fundamentals of English Composition (2 credits each)
ENG 103, English Composition 1 (3 credits)
ENG 104, English Composition 2 (3 credits plus advanced standing credit awarded for ENG 103)
ENG 114, Honors English Composition 2 (3 credits plus advanced standing credit awarded for ENG 103)
Advanced standing credit may be awarded for ENG103 and/or ENG104. Contact your advisor for more information about the English Placement.
Which mathematics course should I take?
All Students must earn credit in one of the following courses: MATHS 125, 135, 161, 165, 201 pr 207, depending on the major. Credits in MATHS 105, 106, 108, 111 or 112 will not satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements, but are required prerequisites for students who are not eligible to begin with the required math course for their major. These courses may count as "general electives" toward graduation.
Student placement in a math course is determined by departmental criteria - SAT or ACT Math scores are used as one placement method. See chart below.
* Satisfies University Core Curriculum
** Elementary Education & Special Education