Major in Music - Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Music is designed for students seeking a liberal arts degree in music. The curriculum of this program is designed to assure that students receive a solid grounding in the fundamentals of music theory and history, take individual instruction in applied music, and will participate in musical ensembles appropriate to their area of musical training. The Department of Music strongly recommends the completion of the intermediate level of a foreign language. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor in a related or complementary field of study.

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Music must take one course in one of the arts outside of music (visual arts, theater, or dance) either within their Core Curriculum units or within their 30 elective units.

Students must also undertake one of the following 3-unit capstone experiences demonstrating mastery of some area of their study. Selection of this capstone experience and approval by appropriate faculty must be completed by the end of the junior year. Students must have completed all required courses through the 300 level before enrolling in the capstone experience.

Music Performance and Senior Recital

Students who choose music performance as their principal area of competency must complete at least 2 units of applied music at the upper-division level and complete the 1-unit course MUSA 497. (Students must be enrolled for applied lessons concurrently with Senior Recital.) Approval of the recital option must be granted by the faculty jury at the time of the upper-division jury.

Senior Thesis/Project

Students may choose to write a senior thesis or complete another approved research project under the direction of a faculty adviser. In order to be approved for a Senior Thesis/Project, a student must have passed MUSC 302 with the grade of B or better. The proposal for the project must be approved by the department chair who will assign appropriate faculty advisers by the end of the second term of the junior year. The completed project must be juried by at least two faculty members. These candidates must successfully complete MUSC 495 for the Bachelor of Science in Music Degree.

Internship in Music Industry

Students who pursue training in a cognate area such as music business, arts administration, or some other appropriate professional field must demonstrate competence in that field through the successful completion of MUSC 497. Students must have a 2.75 general GPA and a 2.50 in Music courses to enroll in MUSC 497. Internships must be approved by the department internship coordinator and the Career Center internship coordinator by the end of the junior year.

Degree Requirements

Total minimum units to complete the major in Music – Bachelor of Science degree are 120.

Music Requirements (32 Units)
MUSC 131MUSIC THEORY I2
MUSC 132MUSIC THEORY II2
MUSC 133MUSICIANSHIP I2
MUSC 134MUSICIANSHIP II2
MUSC 201MUSIC IN THE U.S.: ANALYTIC EMPHASIS3
MUSC 231MUSIC THEORY III2
MUSC 232MUSIC THEORY IV2
MUSC 233MUSICIANSHIP III2
MUSC 301WESTERN MUSIC TO 17503
MUSC 302WESTERN MUSIC FROM 1750-19143
Select one of the following in American or World Music:3
MUSIC IN THE U.S.
JAZZ HISTORY
MUSC XXX
Special Topics in World Music
MUSC XXXTwo upper-division MUSC courses 16
Applied and Music Elective Requirements (14 Units)
MUSA XXXPrivate lessons6
MUSA XXXEnsembles: 4 units over four terms of any ensembles, one of which must be World Music Ensemble unless the student has completed a 3-unit upper-division global perspectives in music (MUSC) course.4
MUSA 190PIANO CLASS I1
MUSC (may not duplicate a course applied toward Core Curriculum Requirements)
MUSA (ensembles only)
MUED Electives
MUSC or MUSA Capstone Experience3
Core Curriculum (38-40 Units)
Requirements38-40
Electives (30 Units)
Free electives (no MUSC, MUED or MUSA courses)30
Core Curriculum Requirements (38–40 units) and free electives in addition to Core Curriculum Requirements above (no MUSC, MUED or MUSA courses can be included in these 30 units) (30 units) Combined—68–70 units minimum.
Total Units114-116
1

Excluding other American/World Music courses, MUSC 493, and MUSC 497

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSC 1312MUSC 1322
MUSC 1332MUSC 1342
MUSA 1xx Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area1MUSA 1xx Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area1
MUSA 1901MUSA xxx Ensemble1
ENGL 102 or 190 (Core 2)3TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSC 2013MUSC 2322
MUSC 2312MUSC 3013
MUSC 2332MUSC Elective13
MUSA xxx Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area1MUSA xxx Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area1
MUSA xxx Ensemble1MUSA xxx Ensemble1
Core3Core3
Core/Elective3Core3
 15 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSC 302 (Core 9)3Select one of the following: 3
MUSA xxx Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area1
MUSA xxx Ensemble1
Core (suggest Lab Science)4
Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3MUSA xxx Upper-Level MUSC Course (excluding other America/World Music courses, MUSC 493 and MUSC 497) 3
 MUSA xxx Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area1
 Core3
 Non-Major Elective3
 Non-Major Elective3
 15 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Select one of the following: 3MUSC xxx Upper-Level Music Elective3
Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3
MUSA xxx Upper-Level MUSC Course (excluding other America/World Music Courses, MUSC 493 and MUSC 497) 3Non-Major Elective3
Core3 
Non-Major Elective3 
Non-Major Elective3 
 15 15
Total Units 122

1. Technique is our measure of students’ command of the instrument, voice, and musical material in a performance situation.
2. Style is our measure of students understanding of historical context and appropriate musical interpretation in a performance situation.
3. Stage presence demonstrates the students’ ability to present themselves professionally in a performance situation.