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Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering is designed for those students who demonstrate abilities in both music and engineering and are interested in music technology, sound recording & production, electrical engineering, and audio equipment design. The engineering courses required for the degree also fulfill a Minor in Electrical Engineering through the College of Engineering.

Pre-college Preparation

  1. Traditional and technologically enhanced performance experience, with a high level of proficiency on an acoustic instrument;
  2. Aptitude and strong coursework achievement in music theory, mathematics, physics, and computer programming; and
  3. Prior experience with multitrack recording and sound reinforcement.

Sound Engineering requires an academic GPA of 3.5, an SAT math subscore of 630 or better, or an ACT math subscore of 28 or better.


  • Twenty-six credit hours of core Performing Arts Technology courses including:
    • Freshman Seminar in the Media Arts
    • Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
    • Introduction to Computer Music
    • Computer Music Composition & Arranging
    • Creative Coding for Music
    • Sound Reinforcement
    • Sound Recording & Production I and II
    • PAT Seminar
  • Eleven credit hours of upper-level Performing Arts Technology courses including:
    • Sound for Theatre
    • Technical Ear Training and Critical Listening
    • Contemporary Practices in Studio Production I and II
  • Four terms of music theory including the study of the structure of primarily tonal music through ear-training and sight-singing, written work in construction and composition, and musical analysis
  • Four to six credits of musicology exploring European and American music history, as well as the sounds and concepts of many world music traditions
  • Two terms of elementary piano study
  • Senior Thesis or Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) 452
  • The University’s two-semester English writing requirement
  • Calculus I & II, and Introduction to Differential Equations
  • Physics I and Elementary Lab I, General Physics/Honors Physics and Elementary Lab II
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS): Introduction to Electronic Circuits, Introduction to Signals and Systems, Programming & Data Structures, Digital Signal Processing & Analysis, and Digital Signal Processing Design Lab, which fulfill the requirements for the Minor in Electrical Engineering (EE).
  • Engineering 101 or one Computer Programming course
  • Electives to complete a total of 120 credit hours

Information on Dual Degree Programs

Performing Arts Technology Course Descriptions


PAT Overview: faculty members describe the program and the variety of skills students gain.

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