Music Major: Music Theory Emphasis - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(All colleges, including teacher certification programs)

Audition required.

Music core requirements (24 credits)

MUS 205Global Cultures in Music ±3
MUS 264History of Western Music I3
MUS 266Theory of Music I3
MUS 268Aural Skills I1
MUS 364History of Western Music II3
MUS 365History of Western Music III3
MUS 366Theory of Music II3
MUS 367Theory of Music III3
MUS 368Aural Skills II1
MUS 369Aural Skills III1
Successful completion of concert attendance
Total Credits24

Counts toward General Education Program requirement: International and Multicultural Studies, Global and Multicultural Studies (GE Category 4-2).

Music theory emphasis (12 credits)

MUS 149Keyboard Competencies IV1
Applied music: select six credits in a single applied area, at least two credits must be taken at the 300-level and one credit at the 400-level6
Music electives: select five credits from the following:5
Sound Recording and Engineering
Travel/Study in Music
Form and Analysis
Independent Study of Music
Participation: Six semesters of participation in any ensemble on principal instrument, with a minimum of two semesters in an advanced ensemble (auditioned ensembles). Advanced ensembles are Concert Choir (MUS 106/206/306/406), Jazz Orchestra (MUS 130/230/330/430), Wind Ensemble (MUS 140/240/340/440) or Orchestra (MUS 156/256/356/456).
Total Credits12

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH/VPA) Bachelor of Science core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English (writing and rhetoric or literary and cultural studies emphases) or in the department of global cultures and languages must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree; English major: medical professions emphasis majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 42 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CASSH B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Bachelor of Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:
  1. A lab science course (from the general education list); and
  2. A social science course; and
  3. Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CASSH alternative (ENV 101, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
  4. One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a global cultures and languages course 102 level or higher.
In addition to all other College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities core requirements, all students in CASSH must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
MUS 115 (Gen Ed Math/Lang/Logical Systems)3MUS 2663
MUS 205 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3MUS 2681
MUA Applied 200 Level1MUA Applied 200 Level1
100-Level Ensemble on Principal Instrument (may also apply as Gen Ed Arts)11100-Level Ensemble on Principal Instrument (auditioned)11
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3Gen Ed World History3
 ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
 14 16
Year 2
MUS 1461MUS 1481
MUS 1471MUS 1491
MUS 3663MUS 2643
MUS 3681MUS 3673
200-Level Ensemble on Principal Instrument (auditioned)1MUS 3691
MUA Applied 200 Level1200-Level Ensemble on Principal Instrument (auditioned)1
Gen Ed Arts (not from music)2-3MUA Applied 200 Level (Elective Degree Credit)1
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
 Gen Ed Self & Society3
 14 17
Year 3
MUS 3643MUS 347, 432, 437, 439, or 480 (Music Elective)2-3
MUA Applied 300 level1MUS 3653
300-Level Ensemble on Principal Instrument (auditioned)1MUA Applied 300 Level1
Gen Ed World History3300-Level Ensemble on Principal Instrument (auditioned)1
VPA Core Course3Minor Course3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
 VPA Core Course3
 14 16
Year 4
MUS 347, 377, 437, 432, 439, or 480 (Music Elective)2-3MUA 471 or 4721
VPA Core Course3MUS 347, 377, 437, 432, 439, or 480 (Music Elective)1-3
MUA Applied 300 Level (elective degree credit)1400-Level Ensemble on Principal Instrument1
400-Level Ensemble on Principal Instrument1MUA Applied 300 Level (elective degree credit)1
Minor Course3VPA Core Diversity Course3
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3
 Minor Course3
 Minor Course3
 13 16
Total Credits: 120

Students are encouraged to audition for the advanced (auditioned) ensembles in their first year.