The Bachelor of Innovation™ (BI) in VAPA Music is a cross-disciplinary degree that combines music skills and training, engineering and business. A cross-college collaboration between the UCCS Music Program in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the College of Business, this cutting edge curriculum combines academic studies, technical skills and professional training to prepare students for variety of careers in the broad spectrum of music professions including performance, composition, technology, recording, management, the global business world and more. Students gain a depth of skills and knowledge in the music field as well as valuable breadth in other arts disciplines, technology, business and creative entrepreneurship. BI VAPA Music students will participate in several high level collaborative projects, internships and produce professional level work that will give them a distinct advantage launching careers in the competitive changing world of music

The BI degree in VAPA Music supports and aligns with the heart of the UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Art’s mission to offer degrees that encompass: Breadth and Depth, Collaboration, Community Engagement, Creative Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Diversity, Hybrid Practices, Social Entrepreneurship, Expanded Boundaries, and Technological Advancement.

The BI encompasses the best of the arts, education, humanities, natural and social sciences, engineering, computer science and business blending the creative, philosophical, historical and pragmatic to enable students take their ideas out into the world as global citizens who are scholars, creators, critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and social activists.

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 120 hours must be completed with a cumulative CU grade point average of 2.0; at least 45 of these hours must be at the upper-division level (courses numbered 3000-4999). (Courses numbered below 1000 do not count towards degree completion.)
  •   No more than 54 hours of MUS course work can count towards the degree
  • The last 30 hours of the degree must be completed while registered in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at UCCS.

VAPA majors must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all VAPA course work completed in order to graduate.

VAPA-MUSIC (39 Credits)

Course Number

Course Title

VAPA 1000-level Core course

Complete one 1000-level VAPA Core course from the following: VAPA 1020, VAPA 1050, VAPA 1100

VAPA 3950

Sound Art

MUS 1010

Music Theory I

MUS 1030

Sight Singing / Ear Training I

MUS 1040

Class Piano

MUS 2010

Music Theory II

MUS 2030

Sight Singing / Ear Training II

MUS 2150

The Computer in Music

MUS 4980

Music Capstone: Senior Thesis

Applied Lessons

Complete one occurrence each of the following courses: MUS 1600, MUS 2600


Complete one occurrence of MUS 3600 and two occurrences of MUS 4600.


Complete 4 hours from the following courses:
MUS 1310, MUS 2210, MUS 2250, MUS 2300, MUS 2310, MUS 2400

Music Electives

Complete 9 hours from the following courses:
MUS 2950, MUS 3200, MUS 3700, MUS 4250, MUS 4750

Innovation Core (24 Credits)

Cross Discipline Core (15 Credits)

English (3 Credits)

Reasoning (3 credit) See Audit Sheet

Area Requirements (27 Credits) (See Audit Sheets)

Students must complete 9 credit hours each of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Oral Communication, Cultural Diversity, and Global Awareness Requirements (9 credits) See Audit Sheet


Compass Curriculum

Compass Curriculum is the campus-wide general education program at UCCS. The Compass Curriculum has multiple components many of which will coincide with the degree requirements listed in this guide. Please visit the Compass Curriculum website at, review your degree audit, or check out the Compass Curriculum advising guide for specific course details. The required components are listed below and referenced in the guide.  Note that other than the Gateway/GPS course, the courses are already included in the above items.





GPS 1010

Explore – Arts, Humanities and Cultures

INOV 1010

Explore – Society, Behavior and Health

ENTP 1000

Explore1 – Physical and Natural World

See Degree Audit


INOV 3010 or HUM 3990


ENTP 4500

Writing Intensive Course (WIC)2

Two courses with at least one upper- division (3000+ level).

INOV 2010 INOV 3010


INOV 1010


ENTP 1000

1 Explore must be outside major and area requirements.

2 Can count towards other requirements within the Compass Curriculum or within a student’s degree program



Students are responsible for completing all course prerequisites; prerequisites are strictly enforced. All skills including junior core and senior capstone courses must be completed with a C- or better.

For a four year sample plan click here.


You can also checkout the 2016-2017 Advising/Audit Sheet