Four-Year Degree Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Music

A music degree at Missouri State can be completed in four years or a total of eight semesters. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University.

Degree options

The music department offers a non-comprehensive Bachelor of Arts and a comprehensive Bachelor of Music degree that can be taken with a focus in one of five areas. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice to pursue music as a comprehensive Bachelor of Music or as the non-comprehensive Bachelor of Arts, which requires a minor or second major.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

BA Four-Year Degree Plan: Music

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 107 Recital Attendance I 0
MUS 103 Theory and Musicianship I 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
MUS 137 Piano Class I 1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
Total hours14

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 108 Recital Attendance II 0
MUS 104 Theory and Musicianship II 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
MUS 138 Piano Class II 1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
AST 114 Survey of Astronomy 4
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 207 Recital Attendance III 0
MUS 203 Theory and Musicianship III 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
MUS 237 Piano Class III 1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
GEC 106 - BIO 110 or BIO 110 & BIO 111, Child Life Students: BMS 110 4
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 208 Recital Attendance IV 0
MUS 204 Theory and Musicianship IV 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
MUS 251 Piano 1-4
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
MUS 298 Upper Division Applied Status 0
MUS 239 Introduction to World Music 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E. 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 307 Recital Attendance V 0
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
MUS 345 Music in Western Culture and Society I 3
HST 121/122 - Survey of the History of the United States 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Foreign Language 3
Course(s) for Minor 3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 308 Recital Attendance VI 0
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
MUS 346 Music in Western Culture and Society II 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Foreign Language 3
Course(s) for Minor 3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 407 Recital Attendance VII 0
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
MUS 315 Form and Analysis 2
Advanced Music History 3
Foreign Language 3
Course(s) for Minor 6
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
Advanced Music History 3
Foreign Language 3
PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Course(s) for Minor 6
GEN 499 - Exit Exam 0
Total hours17