2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Prefixes and Numbers

Course prefixes used at Ball State University, in alphabetical order, are as follows:


ACC Accounting

ACE Athletic coaching education                                   

ACR Art: crafts                                                                  

ADS Art: design                                                                 

AED Art: education

AFA Art: fine arts

AFAM African American studies

AFR African studies

AHS Art: history                                                                

AHSC Allied health science                             

AMST American studies                  

ANAT Anatomy                                 

ANTH Anthropology                                         

APHY Applied physics

AQUA Aquatics 

AR Arabic            

ARCH Architecture                                                                 

ART Art                                                               

ASIA Asian studies                                                                  

ASTR Astronomy                                                                    

AT Athletic training

BA Business analytics                                      

BED Business education                                                        

BIO Biology                                                        

BIOT Biotechnology                                                               

BL Business law                                 

BOT Botany                                                                              

BUSA Business administration       

CANS Canadian studies                                                         

CAP College: architecture and planning         

CC Classical culture

CCIM College: communication, information, and media

CFA College: fine arts                                      

CH Chinese                                                         

CHEM Chemistry

CIS Computer information systems               

CJC Criminal justice and criminology

CM Construction management

COH College of health

COMM Communication studies                                     

CPSY Counseling psychology         

CRPR Creative project      

CS Computer science                                        

CSHU College: sciences and humanities

CT Computer technology 

CTE Career and technical education

DANA Data analytics

DANC Dance                                                      

DISS Doctor’s dissertation               

DOC Doctoral candidate                  

ECON Economics 

ECYF Early childhood, youth, and family studies                                             

EDAC Education: adult and community       

EDAD Education: administration                                         

EDAL Education: all-grade

EDCC Education: community college                           

EDCU Education: curriculum                          

EDEL Education: elementary                                                

EDFO Education: foundations        

EDGE Education: general                

EDHI Education: higher                                                          

EDJH Education: junior high/middle school                

EDMU Education: multicultural      

EDPS Educational psychology                                              

EDRD Education: reading                

EDSE Education: secondary

EDST Education: studies

EDSU Education: supervision                                               

EDTE Education: technology

EGNR Environment, geology, and natural resources

EMDD Emerging media design and development      

EMHS Emergency management and homeland security

ENEF English as a foreign language

ENG English

ENGR Engineering

ENIE English: intensive English institute

ENT Entrepreneurship

EURO European studies

EXSC Exercise science

FASH Fashion

FCFC Family and consumer sciences: family and child

FCED Family and consumer sciences: education

FCGI Family and consumer sciences: general

FCS Family and consumer sciences

FIN Finance

FL Foreign languages

FR French

GCM Graphic Communications Management

GEOG Geography

GEOL Geology

GER German

GERO Gerontology

HIST History

HONR Honors

HOSP Hospitality and food management

HSC Health science

ICOM Icommunication

ICS Information and communication sciences

ID Interdepartmental

IDES Interior Design

IEI Intensive English Institute

INAD Internship: fashion apparel design

INFM Internship: fashion merchandising

INTB International business administration

INSA International study abroad

INTS International study abroad

IS International studies

ISOM Information systems and operations management

ITAL Italian

JAPA Japanese                                   

JOUR Journalism  

KINE Kinesiology                              

LA Landscape architecture                              

LAS Latin-American studies                                                  

LAT Latin

LSCM Logistics and supply chain management               

MAST Master’s candidate               

MATH Mathematical sciences                        

MBA Master of business administration

MEDT Medical technology

METC Meteorology and climatology            

MGT Management                            

MIL Military science                                         

MKG Marketing                                 

MMP Music media production

MUHI Music history and musicology            

MUSC School of Music    

MUSE Music education                   

MUSP Music performance               

MUST Music theory and composition

NEWS News                                                        

NREM Natural resources and environmental management

NSE National student exchange                      

NUR Nursing

NUTR Nutrition                                                  

PEP Physical education: professional

PFW Physical fitness/wellness

PHIL Philosophy                                

PHYC Physics                                                                           

PHYS Physiology                                               

PLAN Urban planning

PMGT Residential property management

POLS Political science

PR Public relations

PS Performance studies

PSYS Psychological science

RE Real estate

RELS Religious studies

RES Research paper

RMI Risk management and insurance

SCI Science

SNLN Sign language

SOC Sociology

SOCW Social work

SOPS Social psychology

SP Spanish

SPAA Speech pathology and audiology

SPCE Special education

SPST Sports studies

SPTA Sport administration

SS Social studies

SUST Sustainability

TCOM Telecommunications

TDPT Technology: department

TEDU Technology: education

THEA Theatre

THES Thesis       

TPRE Technology preparation

UD Urban design

VBC Virginia Ball center

WELN Wellness

WGS Women’s and gender studies

WPP Writing proficiency program

WWIN Workplace wellness interdisciplinary

ZOOL Zoology


Courses at Ball State are identified by prefix and course number. Course numbers are categorized as follows:

Courses numbered below 100 are not offered for credit toward graduation.

Courses numbered from 100 to 199 are primarily freshman courses.

Courses numbered from 200 to 299 are primarily sophomore courses.

Courses numbered from 300 to 399 are primarily junior courses.

Courses numbered from 400 to 499 are primarily senior courses.

Courses numbered 500 and higher are graduate courses.

In course descriptions, the course number is immediately after the prefix. If a number in parentheses follows, it is the most recent former number of the course.

A student who earns credit in a course under any other number may not earn credit in it under its current number except under the terms of course repetition. It is the responsibility of the student to not duplicate courses.

The number in parentheses after the descriptive title of the course is the credit value of the course. It shows the specific total number of credits that can be earned in the course unless another statement in the description permits earning a greater number of credits. The credits may also be listed as a range (for example, 1-5, which means a student can earn up to 5 credits in the course); or as two possibilities (for example, 3 or 6, which means a student can earn either 3 or 6 credits in the course).

Prerequisite refers to a course or courses or other requirements that must be satisfied before the described course.

Parallel indicates a course or courses that can be taken at the same time, but it is not required.

Corequisite indicates that the two courses must be taken simultaneously.

Prerequisite recommended indicates a course that is not required but would provide additional preparation for the course described.

For More Information

Details about programs, financial aid, or other rules are available in the following publications:

Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Competency Credit Alternatives

Student Advising Handbook

For additional information about admission, transfer credit, etc., contact the Office of Admissions, 765-285-8300 or 800-482-4BSU; TTY users only 765-285-2205.

For more information about fees, contact the Office of the Bursar, 765-285-1643.

For more information about residency, contact the Office of the Registrar, 765-285-1722.