Ball State University offers the following baccalaureate degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of athletic training, 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 bachelor of landscape architecture is a five year degree and requires a total of 151 credits
The bachelor of arts, bachelor of athletic training, 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 120 credits to complete.
For the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, some majors require more than 120 semester credits, and may require more than four years to complete. See individual departments for descriptions for specific majors.
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.
Second Bachelor's Degree
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.
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.
The Bachelor of General Studies degree is not available to any student who has earned any other bachelor’s degree.
Concurrent Bachelor’s Degrees
Concurrent bachelor’s degrees are two degrees earned simultaneously with majors that lead to distinctly different degrees. Students may receive concurrent degrees only if earning two majors under the same degree is not possible. A minimum of 150 credits must be earned for concurrent degrees. Students must meet the following academic standards to pursue two degrees concurrently:
The Bachelor of General Studies degree cannot be earned concurrently with any other bachelor’s degree.
Students must submit an application to the Director of Academic Advising for approval to pursue concurrent 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.
Rhetoric and Writing
Fundamentals of Public Comm (3)
The West in the World (3)
Mathematics Applications (3)
Distribution requirements (15 credits):
Physical, earth, and life sciences
Social and behavioral sciences
Humanities and fine arts
Two courses from the distribution areas above
Other University Core Curriculum courses
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:
Minimum Credit Requirements
The associate in arts and the associate in science degrees are two-year degrees (four semesters) and require a minimum of 60 semester credits to complete.
The bachelor of arts, bachelor of athletic training, 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 120 credits to complete.
For the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, some majors require more than 120 credits, 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 credits in residence once the first degree is finished.
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