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Music Composition Degree

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Music Composition Degree (120 Credits)

This major offers professional preparation in music with specialization in composition. The curriculum is designed to prepare students in contemporary classical composition and allied fields.

Requirements include: senior qualifying exam; piano proficiency exam; achieve a cumulative 2.5 GPA and a grade of C or better in all music classes; senior recital.

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
Foreign Language, if needed, or Non-MUS Electives 53-4
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MUS 18220 or 1
MUS 25363
MUS 25461
MUS Ensemble41
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Foreign Language, if needed0-4
Second Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]74
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
MUS 256 2
MUS 28120 or 1
MUS 35133
MUS 35231
MUS Ensemble41
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
MUS 256 2
MUS 35363
MUS 35461
MUS 359 [HUM] [M] 63
MUS Ensemble41
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]74
Complete Writing Portfolio
Pass Piano Proficiency
Third Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
MUS 2562
MUS 360 [HUM] [M]33
MUS Electives4
MUS Ensemble41
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS 202 or 3022
Arts [ARTS] (Non-MUS) 3
MUS 4516,82
MUS 4564
MUS 461 [CAPS]63
MUS 4831
MUS Ensemble41
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS 202 or 3022
Diversity [DIVR] (Non-MUS) 3
MUS 45532
MUS 4564
MUS 48231
MUS Electives3
MUS Ensemble41
Senior Qualifying Exam
Second TermCredits
MUS 4526,82
MUS 4564
MUS Electives4
MUS Ensemble41
Non-MUS Electives53
Senior Full Recital

Footnotes
1Applied Music: 10 credits required in one musical instrument (MUSIC 304-318, 320, 404-418, 420); 8 credits must be at the 300-400 level.
2Class piano credits not required.
3Fall only.
4Music Ensembles: 8 credits required from MUS 428, 429, 430, 431, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 444, with a minimum of 1 credit choral (MUSIC 429, 430, 431, 433, or 439).
5Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits of electives outside of MUS and UCORE requirements. Please consult with advisor for elective selection.
6Spring only.
7To 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.
8Course taught alternate years.

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