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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

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 for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for the Music major at SJSU, as part of their AA-T in Music. Students should take courses which clear the American Institution requirement and a second course in 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).

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and Writing
ENGL 001B Argument and Analysis
Note: A grade of C or better is required in all music courses listed below.
Also note that the MUSC 001A, 001B, 002A, 002B, 003A, 003B, 004A and 004B are courses which are subject to completion of theory placement exam.

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 003B Music Systems IIIB
MUSC 004A Music Systems IVA
MUSC 004B Music Systems IVB
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
MUSC 040A Jazz Improvisation - I

Complete 4 semester units (or 6 quarter units) from:

MUSC 030X Applied Piano
MUSC 031X Harpsichord or Organ
MUSC 033X Applied Voice
MUSC 034X Strings
MUSC 035X Woodwinds 1
MUSC 036X Applied Brass
MUSC 037X Applied Percussion

Complete 4 semester units (or 6 quarter units) from:

MUSC 050A ENS: Concert Choir
MUSC 051 ENS: University Chorales
MUSC 052 ENS: Opera Theater
MUSC 053 ENS: University Symphony Orchestra
MUSC 054 ENS: Symphonic Band
MUSC 055 ENS: Wind Ensemble
MUSC 057 ENS: Jazz Orchestra
MUSC 059 ENS: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
MUSC 060A ENS: Choraliers
MUSC 060B ENS: Chamber Orchestra
MUSC 060C ENS: Chamber Music
MUSC 060D ENS: Collegium Musicum
MUSC 060E ENS: Jazz Singers
MUSC 060F ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles
MUSC 060G ENS: Pep Band
MUSC 060H ENS: Percussion Ensemble
MUSC 060I ENS: Jazz Ensemble

Beginning Methods and Techniques:

MUSC 026A Voice Fundamentals
MUSC 041A Applied Lyric Diction
MUSC 041B Applied Lyric Diction

Additional Courses in Music:

Take 10 semester units (or 15 quarter units) from at least 2 of the following categories, to be selected in consultation with an advisor directed towards one of the capstone projects (5 additional units of upper division to be taken at SJSU after transfer, not shown on the list below) - Theory, Arranging and Composition; History and Literature; Conducting; Improvisation; Music Technology; Beginning Methods and Techniques; Applied Lessons; Chamber Music; or Ensembles (note only Improvisation; Beginning Methods and Techniques; Applied Lessons; Chamber Music offers lower division requirements - courses listed below).

Chamber Music - Maximum of two semester units (or 3 quarter units) can be counted toward the major:

MUSC 060A ENS: Choraliers
MUSC 060D ENS: Collegium Musicum
MUSC 060F ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles
MUSC 060H ENS: Percussion Ensemble
MUSC 060J ENS: String Ensemble
MUSC 060K ENS: Brass Ensemble
MUSC 060L ENS: Woodwind Ensemble
MUSC 060M ENS: Saxophone Ensemble
MUSC 060O ENS: Trombone Ensemble


Admission to San Jose State is competitive in all majors. SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Because of this, SJSU is an impacted campus with impacted programs. For the most current information regarding admission impaction at SJSU please visit our website SJSU Impaction Information page.

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 (except majors which have an approved CSU GE A3 waiver). 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. The lower division major courses for this major 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 may be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Some SJSU majors which meet GE requirements within the majors are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog. 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 Course in English Composition highly recommended:
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) for the greatest success in passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) at SJSU. Complete this course with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU 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 U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

5. Graduation Requirement - Physical Education (PE):
All undergraduate students who matriculate at SJSU are required to complete two units of physical education from Kinesiology/Dance activity courses, unless the major program has an approved PE waiver. Majors which have approved PE waivers are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog.

(page last modified: 04/17/2024)