Undergraduate Course Catalog

Academic Programs

DEGREES

Bachelor's Degrees
Ball State University offers the following baccalaureate degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of general studies, bachelor of landscape architecture, bachelor of music, bachelor of science, bachelor of social work, and bachelor of urban planning and development. The requirements for these degrees follow.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
This degree program requires two years (or the equivalent) of study in one foreign language, normally courses through the 202 level. By taking a placement exam, students may begin their studies at a level higher than the 101 level.
University Core Curriculum: Courses in the University Core Curriculum - 39 hrs
Foreign language: One foreign language
Concentration area: Courses in the major area of study
Electives: As many hours of credit as needed to bring the total to 126 hours

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
University Core Curriculum: Courses in the University Core Curriculum - 39 hrs
Concentration area: Courses in the major area of study - 85 hrs
Electives: As many hours of credit as needed to bring the total to 126 hours

Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)
University Core Curriculum: Courses in the University Core Curriculum - 39 hrs
Computer science: One course emphasizing computer literacy - 3 hrs
One of the following options:
General Studies Option:
Concentration areas: A single area of emphasis of at least 36 hours or two separate areas of emphasis of at least 18 hours each or two minors.
Students must obtain the approval of each area of emphasis or minor before the completion of the last 30 hours.
Electives: As many hours of credit as needed to bring the total to 126 hours

Specialized Studies Option:
Concentration area: A single area of emphasis of at least 36 hours in a department, school, or center. Concentration must have approval of a department, school, or center, and the student’s transcript will contain a comment regarding the title of the concentration (upon completion). An application is required for this option. Students must obtain the approval of the area of emphasis before the completion of the last 30 hours.
Electives: As many hours of credit as needed to bring the total to 126 hours

Interdisciplinary Studies Option:
Concentration area: A designed area of study of at least 36 hours. Concentration must bridge academic disciplines and receive approval of the dean of University College or (for Honors College students) the dean of the Honors College. An application is required before completion of the final 63 semester hours for this option. The student’s transcript will contain a comment regarding the title of the concentration (upon completion).
Electives: As many hours of credit as needed to bring the total to 126 hours

The Bachelor of General Studies Degree is not available to any student who has earned a bachelor’s degree.

Medallion Scholar Option:
A student with excellent academic credentials may design a fully individualized, highly mentored program of study that entails substantial freedom in the completion of program requirements. The program should be organized around a theme or themes, may combine course work from any departments, and may not replicate any existing major. Admission requires written application to the director (Dean of the Honors College) and must be approved and monitored by a faculty review committee; student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.33 or higher and complete a minimum of 55 credits in the program of study; at least 45 credits must be at the 300-level or higher, including at least 6 credits at the 400-level or higher. For additional information go to www.bsu.edu/honors/medallion.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)
University Core Curriculum: Courses in the University Core Curriculum - 39 hrs
Concentration area: Courses in major area of study - 113 hrs
This five-year degree requires a total of 150–154 hours.

Bachelor of Music (BM)
University Core Curriculum: Courses in the University Core Curriculum - 39 hrs
Concentration area: Courses in the major area of study - 88-113 hrs
Electives: As many hours of credit as needed to bring the total to 126 hours

Bachelor of Science (BS)
University Core Curriculum: Courses in the University Core Curriculum - 39 hrs
Concentration area: Courses in the major area of study
Electives: As many hours of credit as needed to bring the total to 126 hours

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
University Core Curriculum: Courses in the University Core Curriculum - 39 hrs
Concentration area: Courses in the major area of study - 69 hrs
Electives: As many hours of credit as needed to bring the total to 126 hours

Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development (BUPD)
University Core Curriculum: Courses in the University Core Curriculum - 39 hrs
Concentration area: Courses in the major area of study - 82 hrs
Electives: As many hours of credit as needed to bring the total to 126 hours

Second Bachelor's Degree
The BS, BA, BGS, and BSW degrees may not be earned concurrently. Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree may earn a second one from Ball State. They must meet all of the requirements for the second degree, including at least 30 residence credits after completing the first degree.

The Bachelor of General Studies Degree is not available to any student who has earned a bachelor’s degree.

In programs that require more than the usual eight semesters, students may receive two bachelor’s degrees at the same time if they have completed the requirements for both.

Students eligible for a bachelor of fine arts or a bachelor of music degree may receive a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree at the same time if they have completed a minimum of 156 semester hours and all requirements for both degrees.

If the first bachelor’s degree is from another accredited college or university, students must meet all requirements for the second degree (including the Ball State University Core Curriculum) and 30 residence credits.

Associate Degrees
Students pursuing associate degrees who wish to continue their education may transfer to curricula leading to baccalaureate degrees.

General Arts. This two-year program in general education includes many of the requirements of the basic University Core Curriculum for the four-year curriculum. It leads to the associate in arts degree.

PREFIX   NO     SHORT TITLE CR HRS
General education, 31 hours
ENG 103
104
Rhet & Writ
Comp Resrch 
3
3
6 hours from
HIST
MATHS
COMM
150
125
210
West World (3)
Math Applic (3)
Fund Pub Com (3)
6

Distribution requirements (15 hours):
Physical, earth, and life sciences
Social and behavioral sciences
Humanities and fine arts
Two courses from the distribution
areas above
International/global studies or
other University Core Curriculum
courses

3
3
3

6


3

PFW 101 Phys Fit & Well 1

31 hrs
Electives 32 hrs

 63 hrs

Students qualifying for exemption from ENG 103 or 104 will receive credit for the course(s). ENG 101 and 102 may be substituted for ENG 103. The residency requirement will be waived for students who complete this program by correspondence.

The Associate in Arts Degree in General Arts may not be earned concurrently with any other associate’s degree and is not available to any student who has earned an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree.

Other Associate Degrees. Ball State University offers associate in arts degrees and associate in science degrees in several subjects. Requirements for the degrees are described under the following departments that offer the degrees:

Degree Department
Business Information Technology
Business Administration: Management
Chemical Technology
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiography
Information Systems and Operations Management
Marketing and Management
Chemistry
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Physiology and Health Science
Physiology and Health Science
Physiology and Health Science

Minimum Credit Requirements
The associate in arts and the associate in science degrees are two-year degrees (four semesters) and require a minimum of 63 semester hours to complete.

The bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of general studies, bachelor of music, bachelor of social work, bachelor of science, and bachelor of urban planning and development degrees are four-year degrees (eight semesters) and require a minimum of 126 semester hours to complete.

For the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, some majors require a higher minimum of 127 to 143 semester hours, and may require more than four years to complete. See individual departments for descriptions for specific majors.

RESIDENCE CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

Any course offered for credit by Ball State University is designated as residence or campus credit. Credit by departmental authorization is not considered to be residence credit. However, credit earned through various testing plans is considered residence credit.

Bachelor's Degrees—For students pursuing a baccalaureate degree, at least 30 of the last 40 credits must be residence credits.
Business Majors—For students majoring in a program in the Miller College of Business, the last 30 credits must be earned in residence.
Medical Technology—See Medical Technology, Department of Biology.
Preaudiology—See Preaudiology, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Predental Preparation—See Predental Preparation, Department of Biology.
Pre-engineering—See Pre-engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Associate Degrees—For an associate degree, a student must complete at least 15 of the last 20 credits in residence at Ball State University.
Second Bachelor's Degree—Students who are pursuing a second bachelor’s degree must complete at least 30 semester hours in residence once the first degree is finished.