College and Schools / Herb Alpert School of Music

School Requirements

There are eight requirements that must be satisfied for award of a degree.

Unit Requirement

Students must complete for credit, with a passing grade, no fewer than 180 units and no more than 216 units, of which at least 60 units must be upper-division courses (numbered 100 through 199). Credit for upper-division tutorials numbered 195 through 199 is limited to a maximum of 24 units total for a letter grade, 8 of which may be applied toward the major.

Scholarship Requirement

A 2.0 (C) grade-point average is required in all work attempted at the University of California, exclusive of courses in UCLA Extension and those graded Passed/Not Passed. A 2.0 (C) grade-point average is also required in all upper-division courses in the major taken at the University of California, as well as in all courses applied toward the general education and UC requirements.

Academic Residence Requirement

Students are in residence while enrolled and attending classes at UCLA with a declared major in the Herb Alpert School of Music. Of the last 45 units completed for the bachelor’s degree, 35 must be earned while in residence at the school. No more than 18 of the 35 units may be completed in UCLA summer sessions.

Courses offered by UCLA Extension may not be applied toward any part of the residence requirement.

Writing Requirement

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

Foreign Language Requirement

Students may meet the foreign language requirement by scoring 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language examination in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish, or scoring 4 or 5 on the AP foreign language examination in Latin; presenting a UCLA foreign language proficiency examination score indicating competency through level three; or completing one college-level foreign language course equivalent to level three or above or American Sign Language 1, 2, and 3, or 8 at UCLA with a C grade or Passed or better. The foreign language requirement must be completed within the first six terms of enrollment.

International students may petition to use an advanced course in their native language for this requirement. Students whose entire secondary education has been completed in a language other than English may petition to be exempt from the foreign language requirement.

Transfer students with 90 or more units who have completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will have satisfied the foreign language and reciprocity requirements.

Courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement are published on Registrar’s foreign language requirement.

Diversity Requirement

The diversity requirement is predicated on the notion that students in music must be trained to understand the local, national, and global realities in which they make, understand, interpret, and teach music. Those realities include the multicultural, transnational, and global nature of contemporary society. To satisfy the requirement, students must complete one course from the faculty-approved list of diversity courses (available in the Schedule of Classes, through degree audits, or in the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management). The course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must receive a C grade or better (a C− or Passed grade is not acceptable).

Applicable courses may also fulfill major, minor, or elective requirements and, if approved for general education (GE) credit, may fulfill a GE requirement. As such, students are not required to complete an additional course to satisfy the diversity requirement.

General Education Requirements