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
AFR African studies
AHS Art: history
AHSC Allied health science
AMSTU American studies
ANAT Anatomy
ANTH Anthropology
APHYS Applied physics
AQUA Aquatics
ARCH Architecture
ASIAN Asian studies
ASTRO Astronomy
AT Athletic training
BED Business education
BIO Biology
BIOT Biotechnology
BL Business law
BOT Botany
BUSAD Business administration
CANST Canadian studies
CAP College: architecture and planning
CC Classical culture
CFA College: fine arts
CH Chinese
CHEM Chemistry
CJC Criminal justice and criminology
COMM Communication studies
CPSY Counseling psychology
CRPRJ Creative project
CS Computer science
CSHU College: sciences and humanities
DISS Doctor’s dissertation
DOC Doctoral candidate
ECON Economics
EDAC Education: adult and community
EDAD Education: administration
EDALG Education: all-grade
EDCUR Education: curriculum
EDEL Education: elementary
EDFON Education: foundations
EDGEN Education: general
EDHI Education: higher
EDJHM Education: junior high/middle
EDMUL Education: multicultural
EDPSY Educational psychology
EDRDG Education: reading
EDSEC Education: secondary
EDSTU Education: studies
EDSUP Education: supervision
EDTEC Education: technology
EMHS Emergency management and
    homeland security
ENEFL English as a foreign language
ENG English
ENIEI English: intensive English institute
EURO European Studies
EXSCI Exercise science
FCS Family and consumer sciences
FCSED Family and consumer sciences:
FCSFA Family and consumer sciences:
    fashion merchandising and apparel 
FCSFC Family and consumer sciences:
    family and child
FCSFN Family and consumer sciences: food
    and nutrition
FCSID Family and consumer sciences:
    interior design
FCSMR Family and consumer sciences:
FCSPM Family and consumer sciences:
    residential property management
FIN Finance
FL Foreign languages
FR French
GEOG Geography
GEOL Geology
GER German
GERON Gerontology
GRK Greek
HIST History
HONRS Honors
HSC Health science
ICOM Icommunication
ICS Information and communication
ID Interdepartmental
IEI Intensive English Institute
INTBA International business
INTST International study abroad
ISOM Information systems and operations
ITAL Italian
ITCMP Industry and technology: computer
ITCST Industry and technology:
    construction technology
ITDPT Industry and technology: 
ITEDU Technology: education
ITGRA Industry and technology: graphic
ITMFG Industry and technology: 
JAPAN Japanese
JOURN Journalism
LA Landscape architecture
LAS Latin-American studies
LAT Latin
MASTR Master’s candidate
MATHS Mathematical sciences
MBA Master of business administration
MEDTC Medical technology
MGT Management
MIL Military science
MKG Marketing
MMP Music Media Production 
MUHIS Music history and musicology
MUSCH School of Music
MUSED Music education
MUSPE Music performance
MUSTH Music theory and composition
NREM Natural resources and
    environmental management
NSE National student exchange
NUR Nursing
PEP Physical education: professional
PFW Physical Fitness/Wellness
PHIL Philosophy
PHYCS Physics
PHYSL Physiology
PLAN Urban planning
POLS Political science
PR Public relations
PS Performance studies
PSYSC Psychological science
PUMET Purdue University: mechanical 
    engineering technology
RE Real estate
RELST Religious studies
RES Research paper
RMI Risk management and insurance
SCI Science
SNLNG Sign language
SOC Sociology
SOCWK Social work
SOPSY Social psychology
SP Spanish
SPAA Speech pathology and audiology
SPCED Special education
SPST Sports studies
SPTAD Sport administration
SS Social studies
SUST Sustainability
TCOM Telecommunications
THEAT Theatre
THES Thesis
TPREP Technology preparation
UD Urban design
WELNS Wellness
WGS Women’s and gender studies
WPP Writing proficiency program
WWINT 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-hour value of the course. It shows the specific total number of credit hours that can be earned in the course unless another statement in the description permits earning a greater number of credits. The hours may also be listed as a range (for example, 1-5, which means a student can earn up to 5 hours of credit in the course); or as two possibilities (for example, 3 or 6, which means a student can earn either 3 or 6 hours of credit 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 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.