Four-Year Degree Plan

Composition track

Bachelor of Music

The five track options offered within the music degree 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 comprehensive Bachelor of Music degree that can be taken with a focus in one of five areas, as well as a non-comprehensive Bachelor of Arts degree.

Below is the four-year degree plan for the Bachelor of Music composition track. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

BM Four-Year Degree Plan: Composition
(Comprehensive)

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
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 108 Recital Attendance II 0
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
MUS 138 Piano Class II 1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
MUS 327 Composition Class 2
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning 2
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
Total hours12

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
MUS 239 Introduction to World Music 3
MUS 516 Composition I 2-4
HST 121/122 - Survey of U.S. History 3
Foreign Language (French or German) 3
Total hours17

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 517 Composition II 2-4
Foreign Language (French or German) 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total hours17

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
MUS 372 Small Ensemble 1
MUS 520 Composition III 2-4
MUS 328 Instrumentation 2
AST 114 Survey of Astronomy 4
MUS 351 Piano 1-4
Total hours15

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
MUS 315 Form and Analysis 2
MUS 313/314 - Counterpoint 2
MUS 521 Composition IV 2-4
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science 4
MUS 351 Piano 1-4
Total hours16

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 407 Recital Attendance VII 0
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
MUS 521 Composition IV 2-4
MUS 321 Conducting 2
Advanced Music History 3
MUS 512 Electronic Music 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
MUS 451 Piano 1-4
Total hours17

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 498 Senior Recital 2-4
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra) 1
Advanced Music History 3
MUS 313/314 - Counterpoint 2
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts 3
GEN 499 - Exit Exam 0
Total hours15