Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

BM - Music

Concentration in Composition

San José State University -to- CSU, Long Beach

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

All music majors must demonstrate an acceptable level of performance ability in applied area offered in the curriculum. All entering transfer students must perform an audition for the appropriate applied music committee.

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

Preparation for the Major:

Students must complete a piano proficiency requirement which may be satisfied with completion of MUSC 25A, MUSC 25B and MUSC 25C, or qualified students may test out by performing required skills for the piano faculty at SJSU.
MUSC 025A Piano Proficiency INo Current Equivalent
MUSC 025B Piano Proficiency IINo Current Equivalent
MUSC 025C Piano Proficiency IIINo Current Equivalent

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

MUSC 001A Music Systems IANo Current Equivalent
MUSC 001B Music Systems IBNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 002A Music Systems IIANo Current Equivalent
MUSC 002B Music Systems IIBNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 003A Music Systems IIIANo Current Equivalent
MUSC 003B Music Systems IIIBNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 004A Music Systems IVANo Current Equivalent
MUSC 004B Music Systems IVBNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 012 Medieval and Renaissance MusicNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 040A Jazz Improvisation - INo Current Equivalent

Complete 8 semester units (12 quarter units) from:

MUSC 029 Electro-Acoustics
(which may include MUSC 29, 29A, 29B, 29C, 29D)
No Current Equivalent
MUSC 030 Piano
(which may include MUSC 30, 30A, 30B, 30C, 30D)
No Current Equivalent
MUSC 031 Harpsichord or Organ
(which may include MUSC 31, 31A, 31B, 31C, 31D)
No Current Equivalent
MUSC 033 Voice
(which may include MUSC 33, 33A, 33B, 33C, 33D)
No Current Equivalent
MUSC 034 Strings
(which may include MUSC 34, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D)
No Current Equivalent
MUSC 035 Woodwinds
(which may include MUSC 35, 35A, 35B, 35C, 35D)
No Current Equivalent
MUSC 036 Brass
(which may include MUSC 36, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36E)
No Current Equivalent
MUSC 037 Percussion
(which may include MUSC 37, 37A, 37B, 37C, 37D)
No Current Equivalent
MUSC 038 Composition
(which may include MUSC 38, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38E)
No Current Equivalent
MUSC 039A Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 1
(which may include MUSC 39A, 39B, 39C, 39D)
No 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 Composition 2ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing


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.