College and Schools / Herb Alpert School of Music

Department Requirements

Departments generally set two types of requirements that must be satisfied for award of a degree: preparation for the major (lower-division courses) and the major (upper-division courses). Preparation for the major courses should be completed before beginning upper-division work.

Preparation for the Major

A major requires completion of a set of courses known as preparation for the major. Each department sets its own preparation for the major requirements; see the Curricula and Courses chapter.

The Major

A major is composed of at least 36 units and no more than 58 units of upper-division courses.

Students must complete their major with a grade-point average of at least a 2.0 (C) in all courses in order to remain in the major. Each course in the major department must be taken for a letter grade.

As changes in major requirements occur, students are expected to satisfy the new requirements insofar as possible. Hardship cases should be discussed with the department adviser, and petitions for adjustment should be submitted to the dean of the school when necessary.

Minors and Double Majors

Students may petition to be reviewed for a minor and/or double major on an individual basis. Contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management for an outline of criteria required for the petition.