The Undergraduate Program

UC San Diego's Department of Music Undergraduate courses offered in the Department of Music satisfy a wide range of interests for non-music majors as well as for students majoring in music.


The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Music Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts - Music (ICAM). Emphasis available within the Music major include Composition, Performance, Literature, Technology, and Jazz Studies. Minors are available in Music and ICAM.

Students wishing to acquire a musical background to support further study should take MUS 1A-B-C, which develops skills musicians use in the analysis and performance of music. Students interested in "music appreciation" should choose from the following courses, which introduce aspects of the rich heritage of music: MUS 4-15. None of the aforementioned courses have prerequisites. For students with prior musical background who wish to continue in upper-division theory courses, MUS 2A-B-C (in lieu of 1A-B-C) is essential.

Performance Ensembles are open for participation by all UCSD students. The ensembles include choral, orchestral, wind, and jazz ensembles.

Proficiency Exams

Music 1, 2 and 2K Proficiency Exams

Proficiency exams are required of all students wishing to test out of the Music 1 series, Music 2 series and Music 2K series.

Music 1: The proficiency exam for the Music 1 series is given individually for each course in the sequence; there is a MUS 1A exam, a 1B exam and a 1C exam. Students should come to the Music Department office to take the exam. Each exam must be completed within 40 minutes, therefore students should allot the appropriate amount of time to take the exam during open office hours.

All students wanting to test out of Music 2 (Basic Musicianship) and/or Music 2K (Basic Keyboard) must take a proficiency exam for each course. Each exam tests students on all 3 courses of that series. For example, the exam for Music 2 will test students on MUS 2A, 2B and 2C.

Music 2: Exam appointment times for students entering in Fall quarter will be determined at the first class meeting. Attend the first day of class, whether you are registered or not and Professor Eric Derr will schedule a testing time shortly thereafter. Students wanting to take an exam at an alternate time during the academic year should email: Eric Derr.

Music 2K: To schedule an exam appointment time, students should attend the first class meeting or email the course instructor. Exams will be given during Week 1, Week 2, Week 7, and Finals Week. To schedule an exam appointment, students should email Professor Takae Ohnishi.

Please refer to the Schedule of Classes on WebReg for the first class meetings date and time.

*** Please note ***
Students who test out of a course or sequence will not earn course credit/units. Testing out merely fulfills prerequisite requirements.

Academic Advising

General Department Office Hours
8:30am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Undergraduate Advisor:
Michael Gangitano
CPMC 195

Please note:  Music Department student advising communication is done exclusively through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).  Advising questions, clearance requests, and academic concerns sent to the email above will not be addressed.

Walk in office hours:
Mon & Tues: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wed, Thurs & Fri: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Appointments made through the Virtual Advising Center are given priority.



Learning Objectives

UC San Diego - WASC Exhibit, Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators

Resources for Undergraduates

2013/14 Course Offerings by Quarter

Enrollment & Registration Calendar

Resources for Undergraduates