Missouri State University

Four-Year Graduation 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 graduation 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 graduation 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 Graduation Plan: Composition
(Comprehensive)

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
MUS 107 Recital Attendance I0
MUS 103 Theory and Musicianship I3
Applied Music (Lesson)1
MUS 137 Piano Class I1
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
ENG 110 Writing I3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
MUS 108 Recital Attendance II0
Applied Music (Lesson)1
MUS 138 Piano Class II1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra)1
MUS 327 Composition Class2
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics3
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning 2
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
Total hours12

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
MUS 207 Recital Attendance III0
MUS 203 Theory and Musicianship III3
Applied Music (Lesson)1
MUS 237 Piano Class III1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra)1
MUS 239 Introduction to World Music3
MUS 516 Composition I2-4
HST 121/122 - Survey of U.S. History3
Foreign Language (French or German)3
Total hours17

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 208 Recital Attendance IV0
MUS 204 Theory and Musicianship IV3
Applied Music (Lesson)1
MUS 251 Piano1-4
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra)1
MUS 298 Upper Division Applied Status0
MUS 517 Composition II2-4
Foreign Language (French or German)3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
Total hours17

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 307 Recital Attendance V0
Applied Music (Lesson)1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra)1
MUS 345 Music in Western Culture and Society I3
MUS 372 Small Ensemble1
MUS 520 Composition III2-4
MUS 328 Instrumentation2
AST 114 Survey of Astronomy4
MUS 351 Piano1-4
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 308 Recital Attendance VI0
Applied Music (Lesson)1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra)1
MUS 346 Music in Western Culture and Society II3
MUS 315 Form and Analysis2
MUS 313/314 - Counterpoint2
MUS 521 Composition IV2-4
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science4
MUS 351 Piano1-4
Total hours16

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
MUS 407 Recital Attendance VII0
Applied Music (Lesson)1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra)1
MUS 521 Composition IV2-4
MUS 321 Conducting2
Advanced Music History 3
MUS 512 Electronic Music3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
MUS 451 Piano1-4
Total hours17

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 498 Senior Recital2-4
Applied Music (Lesson)1
Large Ensemble (Band, Choral, or Orchestra)1
Advanced Music History 3
MUS 313/314 - Counterpoint2
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts3
GEN 499 - Exit Exam0
Total hours15