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Performing Arts

BS in Audio Technology

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the program requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the department undergraduate advisor.  

University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of
    the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and
    Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same

Major Requirements

  • 64 credit hours with grades of C or better 

Course Requirements

Core Courses (29-34 credit hours)

  • ATEC-101 Fundamentals of Audio Technology (3) 
  • ATEC-102 Audio Technology Laboratory (1) 
  • ATEC-301 Digital Audio Workstations I (3) 
  • ATEC-311 Sound Studio Techniques I (3) 
  • ATEC-321 Sound Synthesis I (3) 
  • ATEC-401 Digital Audio Workstations II (3) 
  • ATEC-403 Production Mixing and Mastering (3) 
  • ATEC-411 Sound Studio Techniques II (3) 
  • ATEC-421 Sound Synthesis II (3) 
  • ATEC-431 Studio Management (3) 
  • ATEC-450 Audio Technology Capstone (1–6) 

Core Science Courses (14-15 credit hours)

  • PHYS-100 Physics for the Modern World (4) and PHYS-200 Physics for the New Millennium (3) or PHYS-105 General Physics I (4) and PHYS-205 General Physics II (4) or PHYS-110 Principles of Physics I (4) and PHYS-210 Principles of Physics II (4) 
  • PHYS-300 Acoustics (3) 
  • PHYS-310 Electronics (4)  

Electives (6 credit hours)

  • 6 credit hours from the following or other courses with the approval of the department: 
  • ATEC-441 Business of the Audio Industry (3) 
  • ATEC-491 Internship (1-6) 
  • PHYS-305 Acoustics (3) 
  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy (3) 
  • COMM-438 Production Practicum (3): Creative Sound Techniques 
  • PERF-120 Music Fundamentals (3) 
  • PERF-124 Music Theory I (3) 
  • PERF-125 Music Theory II (3) 
  • PERF-227 Musicianship I (3) 
  • PERF-228 Musicianship II (3) 

Area of Specialization (15 credit hours)

  • an additional 15 credit hours from an area of specialization, either computer science  or physics: 

Computer Science 

  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I (4) 
  • CSC-281 Introduction to Computer Science II (3) 
  • CSC-330 Organization of Computer Systems (4) 
  • CSC-520 Algorithms and Data Structures (3) 
  • CSC-521 Design and Organization of Programming Languages (3) 
  • CSC-565 Operating Systems (3) 


  • PHYS-331 Modern Physics (3)
  • PHYS-351 Waves and Optics (3) 
  • PHYS-430 Classical Mechanics (3) 
  • PHYS-440 Experimental Physics (3) 
  • PHYS-450 Electricity and Magnetism (3) 
  • PHYS-470 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3) 

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors course work. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major. For more information, go to the University Honors Program.

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs. Undergraduate students may complete up to 3 credits for every 9 credits required for the graduate degree that may be applied to the requirements for both degree programs.  The department that oversees the graduate program the student enters will determine if the courses the undergraduate student completes will satisfy master’s degree requirements. 

Bachelor’s/master’s students must complete at least 18 in-residence credit hours at the graduate level after the bachelor’s degree is earned and  maintain continuous, sequential enrollment in the two programs. Students must finish the master’s degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master’s program.