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. Of the 120 minimum units required, at least forty-three (43) units must be in music courses. Sixty-six (66) units must be outside music. The remaining eleven (11) units may be in any discipline to meet the student's curricular goals.

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 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 an advanced writing course (University Core 9) 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 required to complete the Major in Music – Bachelor of Science degree are 120. Required Music content consists of 43 units. In completing the remaining 77 units, a minimum of 66 units must come from outside of Music.

Music History and Culture Courses
MUSC 201MUSIC IN THE UNITED STATES3
or MUSC 202 MUSIC CULTURES OF THE WORLD
MUSC 303HISTORY OF MUSIC IN THE EUROPEAN CLASSICAL TRADITION3
Select two of the following 400-level music history and culture courses6
ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY
WESTERN MUSIC FROM 1914 TO THE PRESENT
SURVEY OF OPERA
SYMPHONIC LITERATURE
MUSIC IN THE U.S.
JAZZ HISTORY
MUSIC IN LATIN AMERICA
MUSC 47x
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC
Music Theory Courses
MUSC 131MUSIC THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP I2
MUSC 132MUSIC THEORY II2
MUSC 134MUSICIANSHIP II2
MUSC 231MUSIC THEORY III2
MUSC 233MUSICIANSHIP III2
MUSC 232MUSIC THEORY IV2
MUSC 287CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY3
Applied Music
MUSA xxxApplied Lessons in a single medium3
MUSA xxxApplied Lessons in any medium5
MUSA xxxEnsembles: 4 units 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
Capstone
Capstone Experience, to be selected from the following3
SENIOR THESIS/PROJECT IN MUSIC
INTERNSHIP IN MUSIC INDUSTRY
SENIOR RECITAL FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MUSIC DEGREE (Students enroll in senior recital for 1 unit and complete 2 additional units of applied lessons beyond the above stated requirement.)
Total Units43

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSC 1312MUSC 1322
MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area41MUSC 1342
Core 1 (or Core 2)3MUSA 1901
Core 63MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area41
Core 93Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Elective (outside music)13Core 33
 Core 53
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSC 201 (Core 11)3MUSC 2322
or
MUSC 3033
MUSC 202 (Core 12)
MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area (or in any medium)41
MUSC 2312Core 12 (or Core 11)3
MUSC 2332Core 143
MUSC 287 (Core 4)3Elective3
MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area41 
Core 133 
 14 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSC xxx (400-level Music History/Culture Course)33MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area (or in any medium)41
MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area (or in any medium)41Core 84
MUSA xxx: Ensemble21Elective3
Core 74Elective2
Core 103Elective (outside music)13
Elective (outside music)13Elective (outside music)13
 15 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSC xxx (400-level Music History/Culture Course)33MUSC 495, MUSA 497, or MUSC 4973
MUSA xxx: Ensemble21MUSA xxx: Ensemble21
Elective (outside music)13Elective (outside music)13
Elective (outside music)13Elective (outside music)13
Elective (outside music)13Elective (outside music)13
Elective3Elective2
 16 15
Total Units 121
  1. Students will demonstrate technical mastery of required tasks in the senior recital/event (performance, composition, or music technology), the senior thesis/project, or music internship.
  2. Students will demonstrate appropriate cultural contexts with the required tasks in the senior recital/event (performance, composition, or music technology), the senior thesis/project, or music internship.
  3. Students will demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of music and developing research skills appropriate fo reexamining and writing about music effectively.