Bachelor of Arts in Music – MUS Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AA-T in Music. At least 7 units in the major (MUS 221, MUS 222, MUS 232, possibly MUS 201, MUS 202) and all lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9-15 units                               

  • American Institutions (6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer.
  • Upper-Division GE, Areas B, C, and D (9 units).
  • Students entering this major with the AA-T in Music are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: Consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Music (B.A.) Major:  39-41 units

(MUS 221, MUS 222, and MUS 232 completed in ADT; class piano may have been completed in ADT) depending on the number of requirements met via ADT.

  • Lower-Division Core (0-2 units): MUS 201 and either MUS 202 or MUS 206, if not taken for ADT.
  • Upper-Division Core/GWAR (6 units).
  • Western History (3 units).
  • Global Musicianship (6 units).
  • Ensembles (6 units).
  • Electives (12 units) – Chosen from MUS courses numbered above 299 - select in consultation with a Music faculty advisor.
  • Auditions required for private study and performance ensembles.

University Electives: 3 or more units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State - some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g. ,UD GE and the major.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
MUS 130/TH A 131 The Foundations of Music Theory (Major Lower-Division Core) 3
MUS 201 Class Piano I (Major Lower-Division Core) 1
or take University Elective if Class Piano taken for ADT
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government taken before transfer
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Second Semester
MUS 200/TH A 234 Modern Musicianship: Theory, Application, and Ear Training (Major Lower-Division Core - Theory ) 3
Select One (Major Lower-Division Core): 1
Class Piano II
Beginning Jazz/Pop Piano
University Elective if Class Piano taken for ADT
Ensemble 1 2
Global Musicianship - Select One 2 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
MUS 237 Introduction to Music Technology (Major Upper-Division Core) 2
MUS 542GW Music in Culture and Context - GWAR (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
Ensemble 1 2
Western History - Select One 3 3
Upper-Division Music Electives 4 6
Fourth Semester
MUS 598 Senior Thesis (Major Upper-Division Core) 1
Ensemble 1 3
Global Musicianship - Select One 2 3
Upper-Division Music Electives 4 6
 Total Units60

Ensembles (6 units)

Select 6 units from MUS 370 - MUS 380 or MUS 386 - MUS 390


Global Musicianship (6 units)

Select Two:

AFRS 514 African Musical Diaspora (3 units)

AIS 320 American Indian Music (3 units) (UD-C, AERM, SJ)

MUS 513 Asian Musical Diaspora (3 units)

MUS 515 Latin American Musical Diaspora (3 units)


Western History (3 units)

Select One:

MUS 550 Western European Music History from the Middle Ages to 1750 (3 units)

MUS 551 European and American Classical Music History of the 18th and 19th Century (3 units)

MUS 552 Classical Music History of Europe and the Americas in the 20th Century (3 units)


Upper-Division Electives (12 units)

  • Courses may come from any MUS course numbered 300 and above
  • Courses may also include any of the above options not already taken to fulfill a requirement
  • Students may take a max of 4 semesters of MUS 303, MUS 313, MUS 353, MUS 450