In the College of Applied Sciences and Technology, CAST, we practice what we teach, and our students apply the knowledge they learn. Most of our degree programs include a hands-on component like a practicum as part of the curriculum, allowing students to apply and expand on the skills they've learned in the classroom. Many programs also include a required internship, which gives students professional experience in their chosen field of study.



  • CAST is home to the Child Study Center. Students and faculty have the opportunity to practice their skills while making a positive contribution to the community.  Students in our child development courses have direct interaction with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The center provides safe, developmentally appropriate child care for children in the community and enables Ball State students to observe firsthand the developmental stages of children.

Child Study Center

  • Quantity Food Production classes experience all aspects of restaurant management and meal preparation at Allegre Restaurant. This student-run establishment, located in the Applied Technology Building, serves authentic global cuisine to the public. 
  • The Beeman Historic Costume Collection includes more than 3,000 artifacts related to fashion dated from 1800 to the present.
  • The Academy for Sustainability is a Ball State University Knowledge Group. It provides a focal point for the research, education, and service by members of the University community as they confront the complex issues of social, economic and environmental sustainability. Its members work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions and share these solutions with relevant constituencies.  It is charged to formalize its operational structure into a BSU Knowledge Unit and ultimately a BSU Academic Unit -- the Ball State University Academy for Sustainability.