Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

BA - Music

San José State University -to- Cerritos College

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

STAR Act (SB 1440):

The School of Music and Dance accepts the AA-T in Music (SB 1440 degree) for transfer into this major. We recommend transfers complete the following articulated courses when course choices for the AA-T in Music are available. We strongly encourage students to take courses which clear the American Institution requirement and 2nd semester/quarter of English composition as part of their CSU GE or IGETC requirements for the AA-T degree (doing so will increase greater choice in the 60 units of SJSU course work to be taken after transfer).

Note: A grade of C- or better is required in all music courses.

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

MUSC 001A Music Systems IAMUS 180 Music Theory/Musicianship I
MUSC 001B Music Systems IBMUS 180 Music Theory/Musicianship I
MUSC 002A Music Systems IIAMUS 181 Music Theory/Musicianship II
MUSC 002B Music Systems IIBMUS 181 Music Theory/Musicianship II
MUSC 003A Music Systems IIIAMUS 280 Music Theory/Musicianship III
MUSC 009 Music FundamentalsNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 012 Medieval and Renaissance MusicNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 013 Music TechnologyNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 019 Music in World CulturesNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 025A Piano Proficiency INo Current Equivalent
MUSC 025B Piano Proficiency IINo Current Equivalent

Additional Courses in Music - Take 18 units from at least 2 of the following categories, to be selected in consultation with an advisor directed towards one of the capstone projects described below (at least 5 of these units will be upper division taken at SJSU) - Theory, Arranging and Composition; History and Literature; Conducting; Improvisation; Music Technology; Beginning Methods and Techniques; Applied Lessons; Chamber Music; or Ensembles (note only Theory, Arranging and Composition; Improvisation; Beginning Methods and Techniques; AND Applied Lessons offers lower division requirements- courses listed below).

Theory, Arranging and Composition:
MUSC 003B Music Systems IIIBMUS 280 Music Theory/Musicianship III
MUSC 004A Music Systems IVAMUS 281 Music Theory/Musicianship IV
MUSC 004B Music Systems IVBMUS 281 Music Theory/Musicianship IV
MUSC 040A Jazz Improvisation - INo Current Equivalent
Beginning Methods and Techniques:
MUSC 025C Piano Proficiency IIINo Current Equivalent
MUSC 026A Voice FundamentalsNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 041A Applied Lyric DictionNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 041B Applied Lyric DictionNo Current Equivalent
Applied Lessons - By audition and special permission from Director. Maximum of four semester units:
MUSC 029 Electro-AcousticsNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 029A Electro-Acoustics 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 029B Electro-Acoustics 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 029C Electro-Acoustics 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 029D Electro-Acoustics 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 030 PianoNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 030A Piano 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 030B Piano 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 030C Piano 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 030D Piano 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 031 Harpsichord or OrganNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 031A Harpsichord or Organ 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 031B Harpsichord or Organ 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 031C Harpsichord or Organ 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 031D Harpsichord or Organ 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 033 VoiceNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 033A Voice 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 033B Voice 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 033C Voice 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 033D Voice 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 034 StringsNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 034A Strings 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 034B Strings 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 034C Strings 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 034D Strings 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 035 WoodwindsNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 035A Woodwinds 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 035B Woodwinds 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 035C Woodwinds 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 035D Woodwinds 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 036 BrassNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 036B Brass 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 036C Brass 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 036D Brass 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 036E Brass 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 037 PercussionNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 037A Percussion 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 037B Percussion 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 037C Percussion 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 037D Percussion 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 038 CompositionNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 038B Composition 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 038C Composition 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 038D Composition 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 038E Composition 4No Current Equivalent
MUSC 039A Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 1No Current Equivalent
MUSC 039B Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 2No Current Equivalent
MUSC 039C Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 3No Current Equivalent
MUSC 039D Jazz: Improvisation, Composition and Arranging 4No Current Equivalent
Chamber Music - Maximum of two semester units can be counted toward major:
MUSC 060A ENS: ChoraliersNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060D ENS: Collegium MusicumNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060F ENS: Small Jazz EnsemblesNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060H ENS: Percussion EnsembleNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060J ENS: String EnsembleMUS 210E String Ensemble
MUSC 060K ENS: Brass EnsembleNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060L ENS: Woodwind EnsembleNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060M ENS: Saxophone EnsembleNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 060O ENS: Trombone EnsembleNo Current Equivalent
Ensembles - Maximum of four semester units:
MUSC 050A ENS: Concert ChoirMUS 219E Collegiate Chorale
MUSC 051 ENS: University ChoralesNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 053 ENS: University Symphony OrchestraMUS 204E Orchestra
MUS 205E Community Orchestra
MUSC 054 ENS: Symphonic BandMUS 200E Beginning Band
MUS 201E Concert Band
MUS 202E Community Symphonic Band
MUS 203E Community Band
MUSC 057 ENS: Jazz OrchestraMUS 207E Jazz Ensemble
MUSC 059 ENS: Afro-Latin Jazz EnsembleMUS 208E Pop/Rock Latin Ensemble
MUSC 060F ENS: Small Jazz EnsemblesNo Current Equivalent

WST Prerequisite:

Beginning Fall 2014 the prerequisite for the WST is the completion of the CSU GE A3 with a grade of C or better. All students are strongly encouraged to complete a second English composition course as part of their lower division GE prior to transferring to SJSU (either to meet CSU GE Area A3 or C2). In doing this students will be more prepared to pass the WST and 100W course at SJSU.
Once the following recommended course has been completed with a grade of C or better, students should contact our testing office: to register for the WST exam at SJSU (passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registration for upper division courses):
2nd English Composition/Critical Thinking Equivalent Transfer Course
any course approve for the IGETC Critical Thinking/Second semester English composition 1B area is highly recommended
No Current Equivalent
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisNo Current Equivalent


Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility. Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. These requirements are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses can be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Semester English Composition highly recommended:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST and 100W course at SJSU. Approved courses can be found above within the lower division major requirements. Be sure to select this course as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. Once this course is complete, students are encouraged to take the WST exam at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU required courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.