Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

BS Degree Requirements

Students majoring in audio and music engineering (AME) will complete a total of 132 credits in the following areas:

Basic Music Competency All AME students must take a minimum of 10 credits of music courses, either from the River Campus Music Department or at the Eastman School of Music. This includes 8 credits of music theory and 2 credits of musicianship. The minimum requirement is completion of MUR101 and MUR111, however students with appropriate background and demonstrated proficiency in music theory may begin in a higher level course such as MUR110 followed by MUR111. The appropriate starting course is determined by placement exam administered by the River Campus Music Department, or for Eastman students placement in Music Theory is determined by the ESM faculty. To meet the musicianship requirement, students normally would complete two one-credit courses MUR109 and MUR113. Courses taken to fulfill the AME music requirement also may be counted toward a Music Cluster to meet the general AME Humanities or Social Science cluster requirement.

Core Requirements

Mathematics (Complete one calculus sequence)

Calculus sequence option A:

Calculus sequence option B:

*MTH 141, 142, 143 may be substituted for MTH 161 and 162.

Physics (2 courses)

PHY 121: Mechanics and PHY 122: Electricity and Magnetism
or
PHY 141: Honors Mechanics and PHY 142: Honors Electricity and Magnetism

Other Science and Mathematics (2 courses)

AME 233/PHY 283: Musical Acoustics
The remaining course may be in astronomy, biology, brain and cognitive sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, physics, or statistics. We recommend BCS 260: Music and the Mind.

The BS AME major requires completion of courses and Portfolio projects in five subject areas:

  1. Recording Arts and Sound Design
  2. Acoustics
  3. Audio Electronics
  4. Signal Processing
  5. Software Design

The required and elective courses for the BS AME degree are listed below. All courses are 4 credits unless indicated otherwise. Optional elective courses are shown in italics.

1. Recording Arts and Sound Design

The focus is on audio and music recording and production, audio content creation, and sound design:

AME 140: Intro to Audio and Music Engineering
AME 191: Art and Technology of Recording
AME 192: Critical Listening for Audio Production
AME 193: Sound Design
AME 391: Applied Recording Arts
AME 393: Applied Sound Design

2. Acoustics

Studies in acoustics range from fundamental acoustics, architectural acoustics, acoustic design, the acoustics of musical instruments, hearing and auditory perception:

AME 233/PHY 283: Musical Acoustics
AME 292: Acoustics Portfolio (2 credits)
EAS 107: Loudspeaker Design
ECE 432: Acoustics
BCS 260: Music and the Mind

3. Audio Electronics

Analog and digital electronics for audio, from vacuum tubes to custom integrated circuits:

ECE 210: Circuits and Microprocessors for Scientists and Engineers
ECE 221: Electronic Devices and Circuits
AME 223: Audio Electronics
AME 295: Audio Electronics Portfolio (2 credits)
ECE 216: Microprocessors and Data Conversion
ECE 222: Integrated Circuits: Design and Analysis
ECE 261/461: Introduction to VLSI

4. Signal Processing

Digital signal processing is the core of digital audio. The following courses are offered:

ECE 241: Signals
AME 272: Audio Signal Processing
AME 294: Audio DSP Portfolio (2)
ECE 246/446: Digital Signal Processing
ECE 440: Random Processes

5. Software Design

The principles and practice of programming and software development for audio:

ECE 114: Introduction to Computers and Programming
AME 262: Audio Software Design
AME 264: Audio Software Design II
CSC 171: The Science of Programming
CSC 172: The Science of Data Structures
CSC 298: Computational Models of Music
CSC 210: Web Programming

Senior Design

All AME BS students must complete a one-year senior design project:

AME 386/387: Senior Design Project I and II

Humanities/Social Science Requirement

BS AME majors must take at least 5 courses in the humanities and social sciences (H&SS), including at least one course in the humanities and at least one course in a social science. This requirement includes one 3-course Cluster. Often, AME students will take a Cluster in Music, although this is not required. Courses in business may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Students also are encouraged to take some H&SS courses beyond the introductory level. Language courses at the 101 level are accepted only when followed by another, more advanced course in the same language. Students should consult their advisors with any questions. 

Notes: No computer courses offered in the humanities or social sciences may be used as an H&SS distribution course.

Ordinarily, courses taken at the University of Rochester to meet the requirements in H&SS are 4 credit hour courses. Consult your advisor concerning 2 or 3 credit courses (including transfer courses).

You may need to petition the Undergraduate Committee to use such courses for the H&SS distribution requirement. The following restriction applies to all courses used to satisfy the distribution requirement: Two 2-credit courses may be combined to fulfill one 4-credit distribution requirement only if both courses are from the same discipline. No more than two courses may be combined to count toward a distribution requirement. However, any number of two, 2-credit courses from different disciplines may be substituted for other 4-credit free electives.

Upper-Level Writing

The University's upper-level writing requirement applies to all majors. The students in this program satisfy this requirement through AME 192, AME 193, AME 233, AME 262, and AME 386.

Students who transfer credit for any one or more of these courses from another institution to the UR must consult with the AME undergraduate coordinator to determine if their program satisfies the writing requirement.

Curriculum and Sample Course Schedule (PDF)