Computer Science and Music with Concentration in Music Composition and Technology, BS

The computer science and music combined major with concentration in music composition and technology focuses on the creative application of digital sound technologies to a broad range of artistic, social, and industrial purposes. An emphasis is maintained throughout on imaginative exploration, collaboration across disciplines, and real-world experience. It is designed to give you a firm foundation in music and computing for digital audio technologies. This program is recommended for students with a strong background in music prior to entering Northeastern.

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.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
CS 1210Computer Science/Information Science Overview 2: Co-op Preparation1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required in each course:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
or CS 1801 Recitation for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4500Software Development4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
IS 4300Human Computer Interaction (Integrative)4
Computer Science Senior Seminar
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Elective Courses
Complete two courses in the following ranges:8
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900

Music Courses

Music Theory and Composition
MUSC 1201Music Theory 14
MUSC 1202Music Theory 24
MUSC 3541Music Analysis Seminar4
MUST 1301Introduction to Composition4
Music in Context
MUSC 1001Music in Everyday Life4
Contemporary
Complete one of the following:
MUST 23154
MUSC 2101Black Popular Music4
MUSC 2308Principles of Music Literature4
MUSC 2310Popular Music Since 19454
MUSC 2316Historical Traditions: History of the Music Industry4
MUSC 232040,000 Years of Music Technology4
MUSC 3560Historical Traditions: Music since 19004
MUSI 3401Hip Hop in the Music Industry4
Music Technology
MUST 1220Introduction to Music Technology4
MUST 2431Computer Music Fundamentals4
MUSC 2350Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Music4
Music Industry
Complete one of the following:
Introduction to Music Industry
Music Recording 2
Copyright Law for Musicians
Music Electives
Complete two of the following:
Interactive Music Programming
Composition for Electronic Instruments
MUST 4XXX Composing with Image and Sound
MUST 4XXXX Spatial Audio
Special Topics in Music Technology
Music Technology Capstone
MUST 4611Music Technology Capstone/Senior Recital4

Foundations of Psychology

PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4

Computing and Social Issues

Complete one of the following:4
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights

Computer Science English Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete five general electives.20

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation
  • Interpreting Culture
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Writing in the First Year
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone

Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5MUST 1220 (*)4CS 32004 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5MUSC 1202 (*)4  
MUSC 1201 (*)4MUSC 23504  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-opCo-opENGW 33024
CS 48004  Elective4
MUSC 10014   
MUST 1301 (*)4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSC 35414Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
MUST 24314   
Contemporary music requirement*4   
Computer science elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
IS 43004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PSYC 11014   
THTR 11701   
Music technology elective*4   
Computer science elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
CS 45004MUST 4611 (*)4  
Music technology elective*4Computer science elective4  
Computing and social issues4Music industry elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134

*Indicates course must be taken in the term listed.

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5MUST 1220 (*)4CS 32004 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5MUSC 1202 (*)4  
MUSC 1201 (*)4MUSC 23504  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12101Co-opCo-opENGW 33024
CS 48004  Elective4
MUSC 10014   
MUST 1301 (*)4   
Computer science elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSC 35414Co-op0Co-op0PSYC 11014
MUST 24314  Elective4
Contemporary music requirement*4   
Music technology elective*4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
IS 43004MUST 4611 (*)4Elective4 
CS 45004Computer science elective4Elective4 
THTR 11701Computing and social issues4  
Music technology elective*4Music industry elective4  
Computer science elective4   
 17 16 8 
Total Hours: 134

*Indicates course must be taken in the term listed.