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Bachelor of Arts in Music

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Bachelor of Arts in Music (120 Credits)

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.

Only 9 credits of MUS courses can be used to fulfill UCORE requirements.
First Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
MUS 1641
MUS 18120 or 1
MUS 25133
MUS 25231
MUS Ensemble41
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
Arts [ARTS] (Non-MUS) 3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MUS 18220 or 1
MUS 25353
MUS 25451
MUS Ensemble41
Second Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]64
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 lab or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]64
Complete Writing Portfolio
Pass Piano Proficiency
Third Year
First TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR] (Non-MUS) 3
MUS 360 [HUM] [M]33
MUS Ensemble41
Foreign Language and/or Non-MUS Electives78
Second TermCredits
MUS 461 [CAPS]53
MUS Ensemble41
PHIL 1033
Foreign Language and/or Non-MUS Electives79
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
300-400-level Music Electives4
Non-MUS Electives711
Senior Qualifying Exam
Second TermCredits
300-400-level Music Electives6
Non-MUS Electives710

Footnotes
1Applied MUS (8 credits required): Approved courses include MUS 301-318, 320, 401-418, and 420.
2Class piano credits not required in degree.
3Fall only.
4Music Ensemble: 6 credits required from MUSIC 428-444 with a minimum of 2 credits choral (MUSIC 429, 430, 431) and 2 credits instrumental (MUSIC 434, 436, 437, 438)
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 or SCIENCE 101 [SCI] and SCIENCE 102 [SCI]. SCIENCE 101 [SCI] is offered Fall semester and is a prerequisite for SCIENCE 102 [SCI]. SCIENCE 102 [SCI] is offered Spring semester.
7Students must complete a minimum of 38 credits of 200-level or above electives outside of MUS and UCORE requirements. At least 5 credits must be at the 300-400 level. Please consult with advisor for elective selection.

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