Music with Concentration in Music Technology, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Music with Concentration in Music Technology focuses on the creative application of digital sound technologies to a broad range of artistic, social, and industrial purposes, including experimental composition, film, video, theatre, game design, mobile applications, sound design for urban environments, and beyond. An emphasis is maintained throughout on imaginative exploration, collaboration across disciplines, and real-world experience. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

  • NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), and Analyzing and Using Data (AD) are met through the major course requirements. 
  • NUpath requirements Difference and Diversity (DD) and Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) may be met through electives in the major.
  • NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) must be met through general electives.

General Music Requirements

Introduction to College
MUSC 1000Music at Northeastern1
Music Theory and Composition
MUSC 1201Music Theory 14
MUSC 1202Music Theory 24
MUSC 3541Music Analysis Seminar4
MUST 1301Introduction to Composition4
Complete one of the following:4
Sound Design
Instrumentation and Orchestration
Algebra and Geometry of Music
Music in Context
A grade of C or higher is required. Choose one from each of these categories: "Traditional," "Ethnomusicology," "Contemporary," and “Creative.” Of the courses from "Traditional," "Ethnomusicology," "Contemporary," at least two must be at the 2000-level or higher. Courses may not double count across these areas.
Introductory Class
MUSC 1001Music in Everyday Life4
Traditional
Complete one of the following:4
Historical Traditions: America
Historical Traditions: Classical
40,000 Years of Music Technology
Divas, DJs, and Double Standards
War and Music
Historical Traditions: Special Topics
Ethnomusicology
Complete one of the following:4
Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
Black Popular Music
Music of Asia
Historical Traditions: World
Musical Communities of Boston
Historical Traditions: Special Topics
Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Issues in Fieldwork and Methodology
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Contemporary
Complete one of the following:4
Jazz
Film Music
History of Electronic Music
Black Popular Music
Popular Music Since 1945
History of Electronic Music
Punk Rock
40,000 Years of Music Technology
Divas, DJs, and Double Standards
Music, Sound, and the Screen
Topics in Music since 1900
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Music Industry
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Music Industry
Music Recording 2
Copyright Law for Musicians

Music Technology Requirements

Required Courses
MUST 1220Introduction to Music Technology4
MUST 2431Computer Music Fundamentals4
MUSC 2350Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Music4
Restricted Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Interactive Music Programming
Composition for Electronic Instruments
Special Topics in Music Technology
Capstone
MUST 4611Music Technology Capstone/Senior Recital4

Supporting Courses

Computer Science
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
College Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Narrative Basics
4D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing
Video: Sound and Image
Film Theory
Games and Society
Foundations of Game Design
Media, Culture, and Society
Film 101
Media Industries
Technical Theatre 1
Introduction to Theatrical Design
Lighting Design

Music Technology Credit Requirement

Complete 74 semester hours in the major.
A minimum 2.667 GPA is required in the major courses.

Program Requirement

129 total semester hours required

Sample Four Years, No Co-op

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSC 10001MUSC 12024VacationVacation0
MUSC 12014MUSC 23504  
MUST 12204Music in context: traditional4  
MUSC 10014Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUST 13014CS 2500
and CS 2501
5VacationVacation
MUST 24314Elective4  
MUSC 35414Elective4  
Music theory/composition elective4Music in context: contemporary4  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Music technology restricted elective4CAMD elective 4VacationVacation
Music in context: ethnomusicological4Elective4  
Music industry elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Music technology restricted elective4MUST 46114  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130

Sample Four Years, One Co-op in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSC 10014MUSC 12024VacationVacation
MUSC 12014MUSC 23504  
MUST 12204Music in context: traditional4  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
MUSC 10001   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUST 13014CS 2500
and CS 2501
52 Electives82 Electives8
MUST 24314Music in context: contemporary4  
MUSC 35414Elective4  
Music theory/composition elective4Elective4  
 16 17 8 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Music technology restricted elective4Co-opCo-op 
Music in context: ethnomusicology4   
CAMD elective4   
Music industry elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Music technology restricted elective4MUST 46114  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 131

Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSC 10001MUSC 12024VacationVacation
MUSC 12014MUSC 23504  
MUST 12204Music in context: traditional4  
MUSC 10014Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUST 13014CS 2500
and CS 2501
5VacationVacation
MUST 24314Music in context: contemporary4  
MUSC 35414Elective4  
Music theory/composition elective4Elective4  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Music in context: ethnomusicological 4Co-op 1Co-op 1Vacation
Music industry elective4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Music technology restricted elective4Co-op 2Co-op 2Vacation
CAMD elective4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Music technology restricted elective4MUST 46114  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 131