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Bachelor of Arts in Music - General Option

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Bachelor of Arts in Music - General Option (120 Credits)

To be admitted as a major pursuing any degree in music, students must meet the following criteria:

Completion of 24 credits; cumulative GPA of 2.0; completion of 10 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a grade of C or better in those courses selected: MUS 151, 181, 182, 251, 252, 253, 254, and up to four credits of applied study; approval of the appropriate applied study area coordinator; [approval requires two semesters' study as specified by each area: Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Percussion, and Keyboard at 300 level with grade of B- or better, and Voice at 200 level with grade of B- or better]; completion of application available from department. Composition students must achieve a B or better in MUS 251 and 253.

In addition, for students advancing in any of the Bachelor of Music Education degrees, the College of Education requires 2.5 GPA and C or better in each course listed for the major, minor and professional core, plus a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

This four-year program is designed to meet the needs of students wishing a broad liberal arts background with a major in music. Of the total 120 credits required for a degree in this program, 50 credits are in music and 70 credits are devoted to courses outside music, including the University Common Requirements (UCOREs). Non-music courses other than those used for the UCOREs must be at the 200-level or above. 40 credits of the 120 required for the degree must be in 300-400-level. Other requirements include: achieve a cumulative 2.5 GPA and a grade of C or better in all music classes; senior qualifying exam; piano proficiency exam or grade of C or better in MUS 182. Students are expected to perform in an approved large ensemble on their major instrument during each semester of applied lessons. Additional ensemble requirements are clarified below. Any exceptions must be arranged with the instructor of the applied lessons.

Only 9 credits of MUS courses can be used to fulfill UCORE requirements.
First Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
MUS 1641
MUS 18121 or 0
MUS 25133
MUS 25231
MUS Ensemble41
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
Equity and Justice [EQJS]3
MUS 18221 or 0
MUS 25353
MUS 25451
MUS Ensemble41
Second Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab64
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
MUS 35133
MUS 35231
MUS Ensemble41
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS12
MUS 35353
MUS 35451
MUS 359 [HUM] [M] 53
MUS Ensemble41
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab64
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR] (Non-MUS) 3
MUS 360 [M]33
MUS Ensemble41
Foreign Language or Non-MUS Electives78
Second TermCredits
MUS 461 [CAPS]53
MUS Ensemble41
PHIL 1033
Foreign Language or Non-MUS Electives79
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
300-400-level Music Electives4 or 5
Non-MUS Electives711
Senior Qualifying Exam
Second TermCredits
300-400-level Music Electives6 or 7
Non-MUS Electives78 or 10

1Applied MUS (8 credits required): Approved courses include MUS 301-318, 320, 401-418, and 420.
2Class piano credits not required in degree. Students must either take the listed class piano sequence or pass the piano proficiency exam and take an additional 2 credits of MUS electives.
3Fall only.
4Music Ensemble: 6 ensemble credits required on the student’s major instrument (MUS 428-444) with at least 4 credits from MUS 429, 430, 431, 432, 434, 435 (guitar ensemble only), 436, 437, 438 or 441. 3 credits taken from ensemble courses designated as ARTS fulfill the [ARTS] UCORE requirement.
5Spring only.
6To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab.
7Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits of 200-level or above electives outside of MUS and UCORE requirements. Please consult with advisor for elective selection.

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