Fullerton College—U.S.

Fullerton College Electronic Band PerformanceOffering one of the most diversified music curriculum and ambitious concert schedules of community colleges in the U.S., the Music Department at Fullerton College is strongly committed to transfer education, professional training, and community service.  


  • Music associate in arts

  • Music associate in arts for transfer

  • Commercial music associate in arts

  • Music recording/production certificate

  • Piano teaching certificate

Entrance Requirements

Fullerton students who wish to transfer to Berklee are required to go through Berklee's official undergraduate admissions process. Students accepted to Berklee will receive transfer credit for courses taken at Fullerton in accordance with an agreement between the two schools. 

Generally, students must receive a grade of B (3.00/4.00) or higher on core music and performance courses, and a grade of C (2.00/4.00) or higher on all liberal arts or general elective courses. As part of the admissions process, transfer students will be asked to submit an official transcript showing all courses specified as completed with a satisfactory grade before transfer credit will be granted.

See more information about the Berklee core music courses.

Liberal Arts and General Electives 

Students transferring to the Bachelor of Music degree program at Berklee College of Music must earn a minimum of 39 credits in liberal arts and may utilize six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may utilize up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit.

See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee.

Performance Courses

  • Ensembles: Fullerton transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Fullerton will not transfer directly. Students must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee. All transferring students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival and may receive advanced placement in principal instrument courses. Any credit resulting from advanced placement in the principal instrument will be awarded when all other requirements for graduation have been completed.

Potential transfer credits in ensembles: six credits

Required Courses

Core Music Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 21)

Fullerton Courses Berklee Courses
MUS107 F Harmony I PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
MUS109 F Harmony II HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
MUS205 F Pop/Commercial Music Theory HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
MUS103 F Beginning Musicianship ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
MUS104 F Intermediate Musicianship ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
MUS206 F Pop/Commercial Musicianship ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
MUS204 F Advanced Musicianship ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
MUS207 F Pop/Commercial Arranging/Composition CM-211 Traditional Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
MUS203 F Counterpoint CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 25)

Fullerton Course Berklee Course
MUS108 F Introduction to Music Technology
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)

MUS120 F Survey of Music History

MHIS-20x History of Music in the Western European Tradition (2 credits)

ENG100 F College Writing

LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing (3 credits)

ENG102 F Introduction to Literature or ENG 103 Critical Reasoning/Writing

LENG-223 Literature (3 credits)

MATH142 F or higher, Mathematics and Data Analysis

LMSC-xxx Natural Science or Mathematics course (200-level or above) (3 credits)

Natural and Physical Science course

LMSC-xxx Natural Science or Mathematics course (200-level or above) (3 credits)

Social and Behavioral Sciences course

LSOC-xxx Social Science course (3 credits)

History course

LVIS-xxx Any history course (3 credits)

Art History course

LVIS-xxx Any art history course (3 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 12)

MUSA131 F Keyboard Skills I ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard Techniques 1 (1 credit)
MUSA132 F Keyboard Skills II ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard Techniques 2 (1 credit)

MUS208 F Music Copying and Notation Software

CW-205 Music Preparation (2 credits)

MUS156 F Beginning Jazz Improvisation-Instrumental or MUS191 F Intermediate Vocal Jazz Styling and Improvisation

PSIJ-211 Jazz Improvisational Techniques (2 credits)

MUS256 F Advanced Jazz Improvisation-Instrumental or MUS290 F Advanced Vocal Jazz Styling and Improvisation

PSIJ-221 Jazz Improvisational Techniques 1 (2 credits)

MUS112 F The Music Business Approved specified elective for music business/management majors, general elective for others (2 credits)
MUS122 F Advanced Music Business

Approved specified elective for music business/management majors, general elective for others (2 credits)


Total possible transfer credits with the agreement:  64 credits