For further information on the courses required for a program, the searcher may look click on a course in the program to reveal a small dialogue box with the course description. The searcher may also find a list of all courses in alphabetical and numerical order in the courses folder. Courses at Ball State are identified by prefix and course number. Course descriptions are presented in the following format:
ENG 103 Rhetoric and Writing (3)
Introduces and develops understanding of principles of rhetoric; basic research methods; elements, strategies, and conventions of persuasion used in constructing written and multi-modal texts. Core Transfer Library: English/Literature (IEL 1240)
Prerequisite: appropriate placement.
Not open to students who have credit in ENG 101 or 102.
In course descriptions, the course number is immediately after the prefix, followed by the long title.
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.
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 credits of each course are listed after the course description. 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 that must be taken before the described course.
Parallel indicates a course or courses that can be taken at the same time as the described course.
Corequisite indicates a course or courses that must be taken at the same time as the described course.
Prerequisite recommended indicates a course that is not required but would provide additional preparation for the course described.
How to Interpret Prerequisites
A prerequisite may consist of a specific single course, multiple courses (or sets of courses), a choice of courses, class standing, or other criteria such as test scores or completion of a specific test or application approval, a minimum grade attained in a specific course, a minimum grade-point average, department permission, major or minor, acceptance into a major or minor.
NOTE: In some cases the stated prerequisite course can have its own prerequisites which are not necessarily stated within the course description. Checking each prerequisite course for additional information is a good practice for selection of appropriate courses.
BIO 452 Advanced Genetics (3)
Bacterial and eukaryotic genetics with emphasis on recent developments in molecular genetics. Topics include alternative structures of DNA, mechanisms of DNA replication, mutagenesis, DNA rearrangements, regulation of gene expression, RNA processing, and molecular and mutagenetic analysis of cell cycle.
Prerequisite: BIO 214; CHEM 231.
Prerequisite recommended: BIO 215.
Translation: A student must have the following before taking BIO 452:
- BIO 214
- CHEM 231