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 ballet, recording arts, and music and an outside field; 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.

General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students who matriculate as degree-seeking students at IU Bloomington will be required to complete the following General Education Common Ground requirements prior to graduation. 


  • English Composition (one course)
  • Mathematical Modeling (3-4 credits)

Breadth of Inquiry:

  • Arts and Humanities (two courses, 6 credits)
  • Social & Historical Studies (two courses, 6 credits)
  • Natural & Mathematical Sciences (5-6 credits)

World Languages & Cultures:

  • Language Study through the second semester, second year coursework
  • World Culture Courses (two courses, 6 credits)
  • International Experience (study abroad for at least 6 credits/6 weeks)

Individual degree exceptions are noted in the listings for the individual curricula. 

When a student transfers to another Indiana state institution, all requirements of the Indiana Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) must be completed to avoid completing general education requirements at the new institution.  The STGEC requires a total of 30 credit hours of general education courses including 3 credits of Speaking and Listening. For detailed information see gened.iub.edu/stgec.html.

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.