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Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
Music

The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer (AA-T) Degree is intended to meet the lower division requirements for music majors (or similar majors) at a CSU campus that offers a music baccalaureate degree. This degree prepares students to transfer to a Bachelor of Arts degree program, a capstone or terminal liberal arts degree with an emphasis in music. Students develop musical proficiency in theory, musicianship, and performance on their primary instrument or voice.

 

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

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Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2024-2025 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
MUS 103 - Music Theory IM3.0
MUS 103 - Music Theory I (3.0 units)

Corequisite:MUS 106
Advisory:It is advised that students be able to read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

Through guided composition and analysis, this course incorporates the following concepts: rhythm and meter; basic properties of sound; intervals; diatonic scales and triads; diatonic chords, basic cadential formulas and phrase structure; dominant seventh; figured bass symbols; and non-harmonic tones. Development of skills in handwritten notation is expected.

MUS 106 - Musicianship IM1.0
MUS 106 - Musicianship I (1.0 units)

Corequisite: MUS 103
Advisory:It is advised that students be able to read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students who want to develop beginning aural recognition, sight-singing, and dictation skills. It is recommended for all instrumentalists, singers, and composers, and required for all music majors.

MUS 181 - Applied MusicM1.0
MUS 181 - Applied Music (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires an audition
Corequisite:MUS 116 or MUS 120 or MUS 216 or MUS 234
Advisory: It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in receiving individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar, band, or orchestral instruments with an assigned instructor. Emphasis is placed on study at the beginning level of technique and repertoire. Each week, the course includes one recital class and one individual lesson. Performance for a faculty jury is required at the end of the semester. This course may be taken for credit up to 4 times for a total of 2 units.

MUST 101 - Introduction to Music TechnologyM3.0
MUST 101 - Introduction to Music Technology (3.0 units)

Advisory:It is advised that students be able to read college-level texts.
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn the terminology, equipment, techniques, and concepts of music technology. Focus will be on principles and practices of sound, digital audio, synthesis, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), MIDI sequencing, notation software, and audio recording utilizing hardware and software platforms. Lab activities will place an emphasis on the operation and components of the typical MIDI and digital audio lab (hardware and software). Students will complete independent projects demonstrating hands-on knowledge.

Select one: MUS 116 / MUS 120 M1.0
Notes:
Successful audition with instructor approved required prior enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

MUS 116 - Diverse Instruments Ensemble (1.0 units)

Advisory:MUS 101
Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for electric instrumental students, acoustic instrumental students, and vocal students who are at a beginning or intermediate level. Students perform together in one ensemble. The content is arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and includes a diversity of styles such as popular, jazz, and contemporary classical music. Improvisation is introduced at a beginning and intermediate level appropriate to the style.

MUS 120 - Concert Choir (1.0 units)

Prerequiste:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Advisory:This course is designed for students who seek the skills needed to study, rehearse, and perform literature within a large vocal ensemble. Participation in public performance is required. The repertoire includes a diversity of selections including classical choral literature, world music, popular and contemporary music. Previous choral experience is not required. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 4 units.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE4.0
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (4.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires appropriate placement (based on high school GPA and/or other measures), or eligibility for college composition.
Transfers to:UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays that incorporate sources necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in researching, evaluating, and incorporating sources, and in learning critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original documented essays. The writing workshop component of the course is designed to assist students with improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete writing workshop activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual or small group conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

CSU ElectiveEL2.0

Select a course that transfers to CSU. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:15.0 
2nd Semester
MUS 104 - Music Theory IIM3.0
MUS 104 - Music Theory II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUS 103
Corequisite:MUS 107
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory I. In addition, through guided composition and analysis, the course includes an introduction to two-part counterpoint; voice leading involving four-part chorale writing; diatonic harmony; and an introduction to secondary/applied chords and modulation.

MUS 107 - Musicianship IIM1.0
MUS 107 - Musicianship II (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 106
Corequisite: MUS 104
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students who want to develop the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of MUS 104 (Music Theory II) through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. This course is required for all music majors.

MUS 181 - Applied MusicM1.0
MUS 181 - Applied Music (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires an audition
Corequisite:MUS 116 or MUS 120 or MUS 216 or MUS 234
Advisory: It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in receiving individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar, band, or orchestral instruments with an assigned instructor. Emphasis is placed on study at the beginning level of technique and repertoire. Each week, the course includes one recital class and one individual lesson. Performance for a faculty jury is required at the end of the semester. This course may be taken for credit up to 4 times for a total of 2 units.

Select one: MUS 116 / MUS 120 M1.0
MUS 116 - Diverse Instruments Ensemble (1.0 units)

Advisory:MUS 101
Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for electric instrumental students, acoustic instrumental students, and vocal students who are at a beginning or intermediate level. Students perform together in one ensemble. The content is arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and includes a diversity of styles such as popular, jazz, and contemporary classical music. Improvisation is introduced at a beginning and intermediate level appropriate to the style.

MUS 120 - Concert Choir (1.0 units)

Prerequiste:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Advisory:This course is designed for students who seek the skills needed to study, rehearse, and perform literature within a large vocal ensemble. Participation in public performance is required. The repertoire includes a diversity of selections including classical choral literature, world music, popular and contemporary music. Previous choral experience is not required. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 4 units.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (CSU GE B4)GE3.0
Notes:
While the above course(s) are recommended, students may take any of the following courses to fulfill this requirement:  FIN 101, MATH 130/H, MATH 140, MATH 150, MATH 160, MATH 170, MATH 175, MATH 180, MATH 190/H, PSY 190.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires appropriate placement (based on high school GPA and/or other measures), or completion of an intermediate algebra course.
Transfers to: CSU, UC

In this course students will learn to read and understand quantitative information, solve practical problems, and make sound decisions using numbers. Topics include consumer applications, logic, probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry. This course is for students who need a quantitative reasoning course for graduation or transfer.

CSU GE C2 - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:  
ANTH 104
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202
CHIN 101, 102
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H, 150
EGSS 130
ENGL 126, 131
FR 101, 102, 201, 202
HIST 101, 102, 122,131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140, 145
JAPN 101, 102
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114,114H, 117,117H, 130, 130H, 140, 140H, 141, 141H, 142, 142H, 144A, 144AH, 144B, 144BH, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 148H, 149, 149H
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 122, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140
POLS 128, 128H, 150
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202
SPCH 130, 132

CSU GE E - Lifelong Learning/Self DevelopmentGE3.0

Select one:
ANTH 110
HUSR 123
CD 106
EGSS 130
KIN 159 (F'21), 170 (F'21), 190 (F'21), 191, 192, 196
COUN 101 (F’11), 104, 151 (F’98)
NUTR 110
DD 214 (see counselor for details)
PHIL 122
PSY 112, 121
EDEV 101 (F’15), 151
SOC 105, 110

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
Summer 1
CSU GE A3 - Critical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ENGL 201, 201H; PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115; READ 101; SPCH 140

CSU GE A1 - Oral CommunicationGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one: SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 120, 140

Total Semester Units:6.0† 
3rd Semester
MUS 105 - Music Theory IIIM3.0
MUS 105 - Music Theory III (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUS 104
Corequisite:MUS 156
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course incorporates the concepts learned in MUS 104 (Music Theory II). In addition, through writing and analysis, the course introduces students to chromatic harmony, secondary/applied chords, modulation, borrowed chords, and Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords.

MUS 156 - Musicianship IIIM1.0
MUS 156 - Musicianship III (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUS 107
Corequisite: MUS 105
Transfers to:UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to develop the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of MUS 105 (Music Theory III) through ear training, sight singing analysis and dictation. This course is required of all music majors.

MUS 181 - Applied MusicM1.0
MUS 181 - Applied Music (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires an audition
Corequisite:MUS 116 or MUS 120 or MUS 216 or MUS 234
Advisory: It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in receiving individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar, band, or orchestral instruments with an assigned instructor. Emphasis is placed on study at the beginning level of technique and repertoire. Each week, the course includes one recital class and one individual lesson. Performance for a faculty jury is required at the end of the semester. This course may be taken for credit up to 4 times for a total of 2 units.

Select one: MUS 116 / MUS 120 M1.0
Notes:
Successful audition with instructor approved required prior enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

MUS 116 - Diverse Instruments Ensemble (1.0 units)

Advisory:MUS 101
Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for electric instrumental students, acoustic instrumental students, and vocal students who are at a beginning or intermediate level. Students perform together in one ensemble. The content is arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and includes a diversity of styles such as popular, jazz, and contemporary classical music. Improvisation is introduced at a beginning and intermediate level appropriate to the style.

MUS 120 - Concert Choir (1.0 units)

Prerequiste:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Advisory:This course is designed for students who seek the skills needed to study, rehearse, and perform literature within a large vocal ensemble. Participation in public performance is required. The repertoire includes a diversity of selections including classical choral literature, world music, popular and contemporary music. Previous choral experience is not required. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 4 units.

CSU GE B1 - Physical SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'.

Select one:
ASTR 110, 110H, 112*, 137*
CHEM 110*, 120*,130*, 140*, 230*, 231*
GEOG 101, 101L*
GEOL 150, 151*, 152, 152L*
PHY 120*, 150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*
CHEM 110*, 120*,130*, 140*, 230*, 231*
GEOG 101, 101L*
GEOL 150,151*
PHY 120*, 150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*

CSU GE B3 - Lab ScienceGE1.0

Select one if lab has not been completed in CSU B1 or B2.
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'

US HISTORY (CSU GE D)GE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

All CSU campuses have a graduation requirement in American Institutions. Students may choose one of the following US History courses to partially fulfill this requirement: HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170.

Total Semester Units:13.0† 
4th Semester
MUS 181 - Applied MusicM1.0
MUS 181 - Applied Music (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires an audition
Corequisite:MUS 116 or MUS 120 or MUS 216 or MUS 234
Advisory: It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in receiving individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar, band, or orchestral instruments with an assigned instructor. Emphasis is placed on study at the beginning level of technique and repertoire. Each week, the course includes one recital class and one individual lesson. Performance for a faculty jury is required at the end of the semester. This course may be taken for credit up to 4 times for a total of 2 units.

Select one: MUS 116 / MUS 120 M1.0
Notes:
Successful audition with instructor approved required prior enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

MUS 116 - Diverse Instruments Ensemble (1.0 units)

Advisory:MUS 101
Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for electric instrumental students, acoustic instrumental students, and vocal students who are at a beginning or intermediate level. Students perform together in one ensemble. The content is arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and includes a diversity of styles such as popular, jazz, and contemporary classical music. Improvisation is introduced at a beginning and intermediate level appropriate to the style.

MUS 120 - Concert Choir (1.0 units)

Prerequiste:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Advisory:This course is designed for students who seek the skills needed to study, rehearse, and perform literature within a large vocal ensemble. Participation in public performance is required. The repertoire includes a diversity of selections including classical choral literature, world music, popular and contemporary music. Previous choral experience is not required. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 4 units.

CSU GE B2 - Biological SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'.

Select one:
ANTH 101, 101H, 101L*
BIOL 101*, 105, 105L*, 111, 111L*, 112*, 120, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 206, 222*, 226*
BIOT 100*; PSY 210, 210H
BIOL 101*, 105, 105L*, 111, 111L*, 112*, 120, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 206, 222*, 226*
BIOT 100; PSY 210, 210H

CSU GE C1 or C2 - Arts or HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Arts
Select one:
ARCH 103
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 117, 120, 121, 130, 135, 140
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H
GDSN 110
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136
MUST 151, 152
PHTO 110, 130
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110, 150

Humanities
Select one:
ANTH 104
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202
CHIN 101, 102
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H, 150
EGSS 130
ENGL 126, 131
FR 101, 102, 201, 202
HIST 101, 102, 122,131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140, 145
JAPN 101, 102
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114,114H, 117,117H, 130, 130H, 140, 140H, 141, 141H, 142, 142H,144A, 144AH, 144B, 144BH, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 148H, 149, 149H
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 122, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140
POLS 128, 128H, 150
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202
SPCH 130, 132

Select one: POLS 110 / POLS 110H (CSU GE D)GE3.0
POLS 110 - Government of the United States (3.0 units)

Advisory:It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments.

POLS 110H - Government of the United States Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory:It is advised that students be able to read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

CSU GE C1 - ArtsGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
ARCH 103
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 117, 120, 121, 130, 135, 140
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H
GDSN 110
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136
MUST 151, 152
PHTO 110, 130
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110, 150

Total Semester Units:14.0† 
Total Units for Music AA-T program (Transfer to CSU)63.0† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
MUS 103 - Music Theory IM3.0
MUS 103 - Music Theory I (3.0 units)

Corequisite:MUS 106
Advisory:It is advised that students be able to read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

Through guided composition and analysis, this course incorporates the following concepts: rhythm and meter; basic properties of sound; intervals; diatonic scales and triads; diatonic chords, basic cadential formulas and phrase structure; dominant seventh; figured bass symbols; and non-harmonic tones. Development of skills in handwritten notation is expected.

MUS 106 - Musicianship IM1.0
MUS 106 - Musicianship I (1.0 units)

Corequisite: MUS 103
Advisory:It is advised that students be able to read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students who want to develop beginning aural recognition, sight-singing, and dictation skills. It is recommended for all instrumentalists, singers, and composers, and required for all music majors.

MUS 181 - Applied MusicM1.0
MUS 181 - Applied Music (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires an audition
Corequisite:MUS 116 or MUS 120 or MUS 216 or MUS 234
Advisory: It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in receiving individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar, band, or orchestral instruments with an assigned instructor. Emphasis is placed on study at the beginning level of technique and repertoire. Each week, the course includes one recital class and one individual lesson. Performance for a faculty jury is required at the end of the semester. This course may be taken for credit up to 4 times for a total of 2 units.

MUST 101 - Introduction to Music TechnologyM3.0
MUST 101 - Introduction to Music Technology (3.0 units)

Advisory:It is advised that students be able to read college-level texts.
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn the terminology, equipment, techniques, and concepts of music technology. Focus will be on principles and practices of sound, digital audio, synthesis, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), MIDI sequencing, notation software, and audio recording utilizing hardware and software platforms. Lab activities will place an emphasis on the operation and components of the typical MIDI and digital audio lab (hardware and software). Students will complete independent projects demonstrating hands-on knowledge.

Select one: MUS 116 / MUS 120 M1.0
Notes:
Successful audition with instructor approved required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

MUS 116 - Diverse Instruments Ensemble (1.0 units)

Advisory:MUS 101
Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for electric instrumental students, acoustic instrumental students, and vocal students who are at a beginning or intermediate level. Students perform together in one ensemble. The content is arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and includes a diversity of styles such as popular, jazz, and contemporary classical music. Improvisation is introduced at a beginning and intermediate level appropriate to the style.

MUS 120 - Concert Choir (1.0 units)

Prerequiste:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Advisory:This course is designed for students who seek the skills needed to study, rehearse, and perform literature within a large vocal ensemble. Participation in public performance is required. The repertoire includes a diversity of selections including classical choral literature, world music, popular and contemporary music. Previous choral experience is not required. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 4 units.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE4.0
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (4.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires appropriate placement (based on high school GPA and/or other measures), or eligibility for college composition.
Transfers to:UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays that incorporate sources necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in researching, evaluating, and incorporating sources, and in learning critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original documented essays. The writing workshop component of the course is designed to assist students with improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete writing workshop activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual or small group conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

IGETC 6 - Foreign Language (UC ONLY)GE4.5

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
Courses in this area that also appear in IGETC 3B Humanities may be counted toward both areas.

Proficiency equivalent to two years of high school study in the same language or select one:
ASL 101, 102, 201;
CHIN 101, 102;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
JAPN 101, 102;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202
There are additional ways to satisfy the Language Other than English Requirement. Please see a counselor for advisement.

Total Semester Units:17.5 
2nd Semester
MUS 104 - Music Theory IIM3.0
MUS 104 - Music Theory II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUS 103
Corequisite:MUS 107
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory I. In addition, through guided composition and analysis, the course includes an introduction to two-part counterpoint; voice leading involving four-part chorale writing; diatonic harmony; and an introduction to secondary/applied chords and modulation.

MUS 107 - Musicianship IIM1.0
MUS 107 - Musicianship II (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 106
Corequisite: MUS 104
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students who want to develop the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of MUS 104 (Music Theory II) through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. This course is required for all music majors.

MUS 181 - Applied MusicM1.0
MUS 181 - Applied Music (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires an audition
Corequisite:MUS 116 or MUS 120 or MUS 216 or MUS 234
Advisory: It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in receiving individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar, band, or orchestral instruments with an assigned instructor. Emphasis is placed on study at the beginning level of technique and repertoire. Each week, the course includes one recital class and one individual lesson. Performance for a faculty jury is required at the end of the semester. This course may be taken for credit up to 4 times for a total of 2 units.

Select one: MUS 116 / MUS 120 M1.0
Notes:
Successful audition with instructor approved required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

MUS 116 - Diverse Instruments Ensemble (1.0 units)

Advisory:MUS 101
Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for electric instrumental students, acoustic instrumental students, and vocal students who are at a beginning or intermediate level. Students perform together in one ensemble. The content is arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and includes a diversity of styles such as popular, jazz, and contemporary classical music. Improvisation is introduced at a beginning and intermediate level appropriate to the style.

MUS 120 - Concert Choir (1.0 units)

Prerequiste:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Advisory:This course is designed for students who seek the skills needed to study, rehearse, and perform literature within a large vocal ensemble. Participation in public performance is required. The repertoire includes a diversity of selections including classical choral literature, world music, popular and contemporary music. Previous choral experience is not required. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 4 units.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (IGETC 2)*GE3.0
Notes:
*While the above course(s) are recommended, students may take any of the following courses to fulfill this requirement:  MATH 130/H, MATH 150, MATH 160, MATH 170, MATH 180, MATH190/H, PSY 190.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires appropriate placement (based on high school GPA and/or other measures), or completion of an intermediate algebra course.
Transfers to: CSU, UC

In this course students will learn to read and understand quantitative information, solve practical problems, and make sound decisions using numbers. Topics include consumer applications, logic, probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry. This course is for students who need a quantitative reasoning course for graduation or transfer.

Select one: POLS 110 / POLS 110H (IGETC 4)GE3.0
POLS 110 - Government of the United States (3.0 units)

Advisory:It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments.

POLS 110H - Government of the United States Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory:It is advised that students be able to read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

IGETC 7 - Ethnic StudiesGE3.0

Notes:
Students who started at Rio Hondo College beginning in Fall 2023 or later will be required to complete a course in Area 7. Students who started at Rio Hondo College prior to Fall 2023 and have maintained continuous enrollment will not be required to complete a course in Area 7 (instead, they will complete 9 units from at least two disciplines in Area 4). Please see a counselor for details.

Select one:
CHST 101
EGSS 110

Total Semester Units:15.0 
Summer 1
IGETC 5A - Physical SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'.

Select one:
ASTR 110, 110H, 112*, 137*
GEOG 101, 101L*
GEOL 150, 151*, 152, 152L*
CHEM 110*, 120*, 130*, 140*, 230*, 231*
PHY 120*, 150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*

IGETC 5C - Lab ScienceGE1.0

Select one if lab has not been completed in IGETC 5A or 5B.
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*':
ANTH 101L*;
ASTR 112*;
BIOL 101*, 105L*, 111L*, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 226*;
CHEM 110*, 120*, 130*, 140*, 230*, 231*;
GEOG 101L*;
GEOL 151*;
PHY 120*,150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*

IGETC 1C - Oral Communication (CSU Only)GE3.0
Notes:
CSU ONLY - REPLACE 3 UNITS FOR UC

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 120, 140

Total Semester Units:7.0† 
3rd Semester
MUS 105 - Music Theory IIIM3.0
MUS 105 - Music Theory III (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUS 104
Corequisite:MUS 156
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course incorporates the concepts learned in MUS 104 (Music Theory II). In addition, through writing and analysis, the course introduces students to chromatic harmony, secondary/applied chords, modulation, borrowed chords, and Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords.

MUS 156 - Musicianship IIIM1.0
MUS 156 - Musicianship III (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUS 107
Corequisite: MUS 105
Transfers to:UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to develop the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of MUS 105 (Music Theory III) through ear training, sight singing analysis and dictation. This course is required of all music majors.

MUS 181 - Applied MusicM1.0
MUS 181 - Applied Music (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires an audition
Corequisite:MUS 116 or MUS 120 or MUS 216 or MUS 234
Advisory: It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in receiving individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar, band, or orchestral instruments with an assigned instructor. Emphasis is placed on study at the beginning level of technique and repertoire. Each week, the course includes one recital class and one individual lesson. Performance for a faculty jury is required at the end of the semester. This course may be taken for credit up to 4 times for a total of 2 units.

Select one: MUS 116 / MUS 120 M1.0
Notes:
Successful audition with instructor approved required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

MUS 116 - Diverse Instruments Ensemble (1.0 units)

Advisory:MUS 101
Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for electric instrumental students, acoustic instrumental students, and vocal students who are at a beginning or intermediate level. Students perform together in one ensemble. The content is arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and includes a diversity of styles such as popular, jazz, and contemporary classical music. Improvisation is introduced at a beginning and intermediate level appropriate to the style.

MUS 120 - Concert Choir (1.0 units)

Prerequiste:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Advisory:This course is designed for students who seek the skills needed to study, rehearse, and perform literature within a large vocal ensemble. Participation in public performance is required. The repertoire includes a diversity of selections including classical choral literature, world music, popular and contemporary music. Previous choral experience is not required. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 4 units.

IGETC 1B - Critical Thinking and CompositionGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
ENGL 201, 201H
PHIL 110, 110H

IGETC 3B - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
ANTH 104
ASL 124, 201
CHIN 102
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H
ENGL126
FR 102, 201, 202
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140, 145
JAPN 102
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H, 140, 140H, 141, 141H, 142, 142H, 144A, 144AH, 144B, 144BH, 145, 145H, 146A,146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 148H, 149, 149H
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 122, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140
POLS 128, 128H;
SPAN 102, 201, 201H, 202

Total Semester Units:12.0† 
4th Semester
MUS 181 - Applied MusicM1.0
MUS 181 - Applied Music (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires an audition
Corequisite:MUS 116 or MUS 120 or MUS 216 or MUS 234
Advisory: It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in receiving individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar, band, or orchestral instruments with an assigned instructor. Emphasis is placed on study at the beginning level of technique and repertoire. Each week, the course includes one recital class and one individual lesson. Performance for a faculty jury is required at the end of the semester. This course may be taken for credit up to 4 times for a total of 2 units.

MUS 116 / MUS 120M1.0
Notes:
Successful audition with instructor approved required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

MUS 116 - Diverse Instruments Ensemble (1.0 units)

Advisory:MUS 101
Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.

Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for electric instrumental students, acoustic instrumental students, and vocal students who are at a beginning or intermediate level. Students perform together in one ensemble. The content is arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and includes a diversity of styles such as popular, jazz, and contemporary classical music. Improvisation is introduced at a beginning and intermediate level appropriate to the style.

MUS 120 - Concert Choir (1.0 units)

Prerequiste:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Advisory:This course is designed for students who seek the skills needed to study, rehearse, and perform literature within a large vocal ensemble. Participation in public performance is required. The repertoire includes a diversity of selections including classical choral literature, world music, popular and contemporary music. Previous choral experience is not required. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 4 units.

IGETC 5B - Biological SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*':

Select one:
ANTH 101, 101H, 101L*; BIOL 101*, 105, 105L*, 111, 111L*, 120, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 206, 226*;
PSY 210, 210H.

IGETC 3A - ArtsGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
ARCH 103
ARTS: ART 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 117
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H
GDSN 110
MUS 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136
MUST 151, 152
THTR 101, 105, 105H

US HISTORY (IGETC 4)GE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

All CSU campuses have a graduation requirement in American Institutions. Students may choose one of the following US History courses to partially fulfill this requirement: HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170.

Select one: IGETC 3A or 3B - Arts or Humanities GE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Arts
Select one:
ARCH 103
ARTS: ART 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 117
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H
GDSN 110
MUS 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136
MUST 151, 152
THTR 101, 105, 105H

Humanities
Select one:
ANTH 104
ASL 124, 201
CHIN 102
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H
ENGL126
FR 102, 201, 202
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140, 145
JAPN 102
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H, 140, 140H, 141, 141H, 142, 142H, 144A, 144AH, 144B, 144BH, 145, 145H, 146A,146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 148H, 149, 149H
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 122, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140
POLS 128, 128H;
SPAN 102, 201, 201H, 202

Total Semester Units:14.0† 
Total Units for Music AA-T program (Transfer to UC/CSU)65.5† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will demonstrate a second-year undergraduate level competency in piano performance and piano literature.


2

Students will demonstrate the ability to perform in a large ensemble, chamber group, or as a soloist through blending, playing in tune and adhering to articulations and dynamics while conducting or being conducted in many different styles and periods.


3

Students will demonstrate a second-year undergraduate level competency in music theory and musicianship through four-part chorale writing, analysis, audiation, and dictation of baroque through contemporary music styles.


4

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural, socioeconomic, and political implications of music history from antiquity through contemporary music styles.


5

Students will demonstrate a basic understanding and practical knowledge of music technology.


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