Acoustics and Electronics

The acoustics and electronics minor at Berklee provides students an opportunity to investigate scientific, mathematical, psychological, and physiological principles in the study of acoustics. Students learn about the nature of sound waves and vibration, sound propagation, sound outdoors and indoors, sound transmission and noise reduction, sound reinforcement systems, room acoustics and vibration isolation, acoustics of musical instruments, the human ear and perception, as well as psychoacoustics. Students also learn how acoustics is studied and communicated mathematically, electronically, physiologically and psychologically. The minor emphasizes the contemporary musician's need to understand acoustical phenomenon in performance, composition, and music technology applications.  

Entrance Requirements

Completion of LMSC-130 Concepts of Mathematics, or its equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a minor in acoustics and electronics, students will:

  1. Evaluate research in the field of acoustics
  2. Analyze sounds waves and vibration, sound propagation
  3. Evaluate sound outdoors and indoors
  4. Synthesize sound transmission, sound reinforcement systems, and noise reduction strategies
  5. Analyze data related to acoustical research in the student's chosen major
  6. Apply technological tools to model and describe acoustical phenomena
  7. Apply scientific principles of acoustics to creative endeavors such as musical composition or performance
Read more about this program

10-12 credits for the minor (4 courses).

Required courses:

  • LMSC-208: Principles of Acoustics or LMSC-209 Applications of Acoustics 
  • LMSC-210: Principles of Audio Electronics

Choose two courses from the following:

  • LMSC-P307: Introduction to Psychoacoustics
  • LMSC-P310: Mathematics of Musical Signals I: Digital Signals and Filters
  • LMSC-P315: Mathematics of Musical Signals II: The Wave Equation
  • MTEC-308: Application of Loudspeaker Design
  • MTEC-P383: Studio Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Assessment Evidence

In-class quizzes and exams. Classroom discussion of core concepts. Problem sets and other written homework assignments. Papers. Projects. Students build and test a variety of common circuits, simple signal boxes, and cables used in both live amplified performance and in studio recording sessions.