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Is it possible to get a BA in music, with a minor in math or physics, and then apply to a graduate program in acoustics?

I am curious because I have been researching the career acoustical engineering, and want to know more about different possibilities to pursue that field. #tags #acoustics #engineering #college #career #mathematics #college-major

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Bill’s Answer

Yes! Undergraduate work is about basic skills + learning skills + finding your interests. Just do some research into some graduate programs in acoustics, and find out what the undergraduate requirements are. I believe you probably have covered them if you've majored in music + math/physics, but you will want to make sure, in case there is an additional one or two classes you should take. It's GREAT to have an interest and follow it... your drive toward specific goals will be a great motivation. Good luck!

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Matthew’s Answer

I like your thought process. In my professional opinion, majoring in math/physics/engineering with a music minor will open up more professional opportunities for you in terms of a career. I think a major in a STEM field will put more emphasis on the technical portion of your art/craft (music) especially when applied to a thesis. Those technical majors will also open doors to alternate careers in the future and make your more versatile in whatever it is you do.
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Jeffrey’s Answer

Yes, but a few caveats. I graduated with an MSME from an acoustic engineering program that included undergraduate BS degrees in mechanical engineer, electrical engineering, and physics. For the physics majors, the math in acoustics was no problem, but they had taken a number of upper division physics classes. Ideally I would flip your major-minor, but if you are comfortable with physics than you should be fine.
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