Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

BA - Music

San José State University Transfer Planning Guide

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

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 IA
MUSC 001B Music Systems IB
MUSC 002A Music Systems IIA
MUSC 002B Music Systems IIB
MUSC 003A Music Systems IIIA
MUSC 009 Music Fundamentals
MUSC 012 Medieval and Renaissance Music
MUSC 013 Music Technology
MUSC 019 Music in World Cultures
MUSC 025A Piano Proficiency I
MUSC 025B Piano Proficiency II

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 IIIB
MUSC 004A Music Systems IVA
MUSC 004B Music Systems IVB
MUSC 040A Jazz Improvisation - I
Beginning Methods and Techniques:
MUSC 025C Piano Proficiency III
MUSC 026A Voice Fundamentals
MUSC 041A Applied Lyric Diction
MUSC 041B Applied Lyric Diction
Applied Lessons - By audition and special permission from Director. Maximum of four semester units:
MUSC 029 Electro-Acoustics
(which may include MUSC 29, 29A, 29B, 29C or 29D)
MUSC 030 Piano
(which may include MUSC 30, 30A, 30B, 30C or 30D)
MUSC 031 Harpsichord or Organ
(which may include MUSC 31, 31A, 31B, 31C or 31D)
MUSC 033 Voice
(which may include MUSC 33, 33A, 33B, 33C or 33D)
MUSC 034 Strings
(which may include MUSC 34, 34A, 34B, 34C or 34D)
MUSC 035 Woodwinds
(which may include MUSC 35, 35A, 35B, 35C or 35D)
MUSC 036 Brass
(which may include MUSC 36, 36B, 36C, 36D or 36E)
MUSC 037 Percussion
(which may include MUSC 37, 37A, 37B, 37C or 37D)
MUSC 038 Composition
(which may include MUSC 38, 38B, 38C, 38D or 38E)
MUSC 039A Jazz: Improvisation, Composition or Arranging 1
(which may include MUSC 39A, 39B, 39C or 39D)

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
ENGL 001B Composition 2


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.