The Undergraduate Program

UC San Diego 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.

Contacting an Advisor


New transfer students use the Online Advising tab on the New Student Website

New freshmen students can email

Current UCSD students  - Virtual Advising Center

Non-UCSD students Email

More information -  Advising Hours



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.

University 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. These courses do not require prerequisites. For Music Minors 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  Music 1 (Fundamentals of Music) is given individually for each course in the sequence. There is a MUS 1A exam, a 1B exam and a 1C exam.

Students may make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor to take the 1A exam. MUS 1B and 1C exams are administered at the first class meeting.  Each exam must be completed within 40 minutes. This course sequence is intended for non-music majors.

Music 2: All students wanting to test out of Music 2 (Basic Musicianship) 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.

Exams will held during Welcome Week or at the first class meeting. If you cannot make the Welcome Week date, attend the first day of class, whether you are registered or not. Students wanting to take an exam at an alternate time during the academic year should email: Erik Carlson at This course sequence is required for Music majors.

WELCOME WEEK MUSIC 2 Exam: Monday, September 19, 2016, 9:00am-11:00am  CPMC 264

Music 2K: All students wanting to test out of 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 2K will test students on MUS 2AK, 2BK and 2CK.

Exams will be given at the first class meeting. To schedule an exam appointment at a time other than the first class meeting, 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

Walk-in hours

Monday - Friday, 1:00p - 3:00pCPMC 195

Appointments made through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) are given priority and can be scheduled for your convenience.


Undergraduate Advisor 


Conrad Prebys Music Center 195

UCSD Undergraduate students should contact advising through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).  No academic advising is conducted through email for current students. 

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


Learning Objectives

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

Resources for Undergraduates

Course Offerings by Quarter

Enrollment & Registration Calendar

What Can You Do with a Music Degree?