Undergraduate Division

Curricula for Bachelor's Degrees  

The Jacobs School of Music offers three undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs: the Bachelor of Music degrees in performance, composition, early music, and jazz studies; the Bachelor of Science degrees in music and an outside field, recording arts, and ballet; and the Bachelor of Music Education degrees in choral teaching, general music teaching, instrumental teaching—band, and instrumental teaching—strings. Detailed definitions for these music education tracks appear under listings for the individual curricula.

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for all music undergraduate degrees. Total credit hours for some degrees may be higher because of specific requirements. No course may be used to fulfill two requirements except where noted.

General Education Requirements

Required credit hours range from 24 to 40, depending on the degree; see specific degrees for totals and distribution. All students follow the College of Arts and Sciences General Education Distribution List. General Education requirements are met by fulfilling the following categories:

  • Written and Oral Expression
  • Foreign Language*
  • Humanities*
  • Life and Physical Sciences or Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

*Not required for BME; some degree programs require specific languages

Academic Bulletins

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Previous Bulletins

Students are ordinarily subject to the curricular requirements outlined in the Bulletin in effect at the start of their current degree. See below for links to previous Bulletins.