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University Transfer Program
60 – 70 transferable units

California State University
University of California
Independent Colleges and Universities

Program Overview

The College of San Mateo Music Department provides a creative environment where every student may become enriched through an active association with the art of music and a faculty who are active in the music profession. The Music Department places strong emphasis upon performance as well as harmony, ear training, and composition, thus providing students with a strong musical foundation.

The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer offers students the opportunity to attain the basic skills and knowledge required for further undergraduate study and careers in music. It is intended to provide an expedited path for transfer into the CSU system for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing an Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus, or a college or university that is not part of the CSU system, or those who do not intend to transfer. Students should consult with a College of San Mateo counselor when planning to complete the degree for further information on university admissions and transfer requirements.

To earn an AA-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 CSU transferable units;
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework;
  3. Complete a minimum of 18 units in an "AA-T" major. Note: All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A "P" (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for the courses in the major.
  4. Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

Music (AA-T) Requirements

Major Requirements
Required Core Courses: 20 units Units
MUS. 111 Musicianship I 1 unit
MUS. 112 Musicianship II 1 unit
MUS. 113 Musicianship III 1 unit
MUS. 114 Musicianship IV 1 unit
MUS. 131 * Harmony I 3 units
MUS. 132 Harmony II 3 units
MUS. 133 Harmony III 3 units
MUS. 134 Harmony IV 3 units
MUS. 501 Studio Lessons I (Applied Music I) 1 unit
MUS. 502 Studio Lessons II (Applied Music II) 1 unit
MUS. 503 Studio Lessons III (Applied Music III) 1 unit
MUS. 504 Studio Lessons IV (Applied Music IV) 1 unit
Required Selective Courses: 4 units from the following: (Ensemble courses may be taken four times) Units
MUS. 430 Symphonic Band 1 unit
MUS. 452 Repertory Jazz Band 1 unit
MUS. 470 Concert Choir 1 unit
* Mus. 131 will be double counted to apply to meet general education requirement C1.
Total Required Major Units: 24
General Education - certified completion of one of the following:
  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern
Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.