Bachelor of Science in Music Technology - Mechanical Engineering: Controls and Robotics

The Bachelor of Science in Music Technology teaches students the fundamentals of musicianship and audio technology. Students learn to create new music with technology, develop new technologies for making music, and conduct scientific research that expands our knowledge of how both humans and machines engage with music. Student projects span areas such as robotic musicianship, music informatics, brain music, and computational and cognitive musicology.

Bachelor of Science in Music Technology students will need to consult with the undergraduate advisor to choose a concentration or minor.

The Mechanical Engineering Track allows students to develop in-depth mechanical engineering skills as applied to music technology. Mechanical engineering is directly related to music technology fields in the areas of robotic musicianship, acoustics, and instrument design. Students use their Breadth Block to take prescribed credit hours of coursework in the School of Mechanical Engineering focusing on one of the two options below:

Option 1: Acoustics and Vibrations

Option 2: Controls and Robotics

Wellness Requirement
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
or APPH 1060 Flourishing: Strategies for Well-being and Resilience
Institutional Priority
CS 1371Computing for Engineers3
Mathematics and Quantitative Skills
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
Political Science and U.S. History
HIST 2111The United States to 18773
or HIST 2112 The United States since 1877
or INTA 1200 American Government in Comparative Perspective
or POL 1101 Government of the United States
or PUBP 3000 American Constitutional Issues
Arts, Humanities, and Ethics
Any HUM 6
Communicating in Writing
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I4
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Social Sciences
ECON 2100Economic Analysis and Policy Problems3
or ECON 2101 The Global Economy
or ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
or ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
Any SS 6
Field of Study
MUSI 2010Fundamentals of Musicianship I3
MUSI 2011Fundamentals of Musicianship II3
MUSI 2012Fundamentals of Musicianship III3
MUSI 2013Fundamentals of Musicianship IV3
MUSI 2015Laptop Orchestra3
MUSI 2525Introduction Audio Technology I3
Major Requirements
MUSI Ensemble Requirement 1
MUSI 2526Introduction to Audio Technology II3
MUSI 4630Music Recording and Mixing3
MUSI 3770Project Studio: Technology 24
MUSI 4677Music Perception and Cognition3
MUSI Upper Division (4000-level) Elective 26
MUSI 4705Music Technology Capstone I4
MUSI Additional Electives (any MUSI 4000-level courses or ensemble courses) 15
Concentration: ME/Controls and Robotics
MATH 2552Differential Equations4
ECE 3710Circuits and Electronics2
COE 2001Statics2
ME 2202Dynamics of Rigid Bodies3
ME 3017System Dynamics3
ME 4189Structural Vibrations3
ME 4451Robotics3
or ME 4012 Modeling and Control of Motion Systems
or ME 4405 Fundamentals of Mechatronics
ME 4452Control of Dynamic Systems3
Free Electives
Free Electives8
Total Credit Hours122

Students are required to satisfy a 4-course music ensemble requirement. Course options include any four courses from the following list: MUSI 3018 or MUSI 3019 or MUSI 3121 or MUSI 3131 or MUSI 3231 or MUSI 3241 or MUSI 3251 or MUSI 3261 or MUSI 3311 or MUSI 3321 or MUSI 3411 or MUSI 3511 or MUSI 3531 or MUSI 3541 or MUSI 3551 or MUSI 3611. The courses may be used as Core IMPACTS Arts, Ethics and Humanities (if course has been approved for Humanities credit) and/or free electives.


Music Technology majors can choose one pathway to use VIP participation to fulfill degree requirements.

The VIP Elective Pathway: Students participate in any VIP team to fulfill an upper-division music technology elective and free electives.

  • Participating in the same VIP team for five or fewer credits results in that many free-elective credits.
  • Participating in the same VIP team for 6 or more credits results in 3 credits that are counted as upper division Music Technology electives and 3 credits that are counted as free electives.
  • Any additional credits count as free electives.
  • Any VIP team is eligible for this pathway. No approval is required by an academic advisor in music technology.