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Music, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AAT_MUS
Control number: 32672
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree at Golden West College is designed to prepare students to successfully transfer to a CSU campus as Music Majors. Due to the fact that Music Majors begin major coursework in the freshman year, students must successfully complete all of the required courses to be awarded the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree. The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree program is designed for students to complete the first two years of Core Major coursework that is required at CSU campuses, and prepare for success on CSU subject placement exams. Students should be aware that most CSU campuses require placement exams for Music Majors, even with a completed Associate in Arts Transfer Degree.1

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate written and aural understanding of diatonic and chromatic music theory principles.
  2. Consistently execute a collegiate level of performance and musicianship in a solo setting.
  3. Consistently execute a collegiate level of ensemble etiquette, musicianship and performance in a large ensemble setting.
  4. Complete a standard, collegiate-level piano keyboard proficiency.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
MUS G116Theory and Musicianship 13
MUS G117Theory and Musicianship 23
MUS G216Theory and Musicianship 33
MUS G217Theory and Musicianship 43
MUS G290Applied Music5
Large Ensemble Requirement
Select a minimum of 4 units of the following:4
MUS G121College Choir1
MUS G122Chamber Choir1
MUS G260Symphonic Winds1
Major Total21
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double counted0
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)0-2
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
MUS G116Theory and Musicianship 13
MUS G290Applied Music1.25
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Select one of the following:1
MUS G260Symphonic Winds1
MUS G121College Choir1
MUS G122Chamber Choir1
Units15.25
Course Title Units
Semester 2
MUS G117Theory and Musicianship 23
MUS G290Applied Music1.25
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Area A3: Critical Thinking course3-4
Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course3
Select one of the following NOT already taken:1
MUS G260Symphonic Winds1
MUS G121College Choir1
MUS G122Chamber Choir1
Units14.25-15.25

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
MUS G216Theory and Musicianship 33
MUS G290Applied Music1.25
MATH G100Liberal Arts Mathematics3
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Select one of the following NOT already taken:1
MUS G121College Choir1
MUS G122Chamber Choir1
MUS G260Symphonic Winds1
Units14.25-15.25
Course Title Units
Semester 4
MUS G217Theory and Musicianship 43
MUS G290Applied Music1.25
Area B1: Physical Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
CSU Transferable elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units2-5
Select one of the following NOT already taken:1
MUS G121College Choir1
MUS G122Chamber Choir1
MUS G260Symphonic Winds1
Units13.25-17.25
Total minimum units required60