Minor in 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

Students must take LMSC-130: Concepts of Mathematics, or its equivalent and follow the regular declaration of minor procedure as outlined in the Registration Manual. This minor is managed by the Liberal Arts Department.

What the Program Gives You

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

  • evaluate research in the field of acoustics;
  • analyze sounds waves and vibration, sound propagation;
  • evaluate sound outdoors and indoors;
  • synthesize sound transmission, sound reinforcement systems, and noise reduction strategies;
  • analyze data related to acoustical research in the student's chosen major;
  • apply technological tools to model and describe acoustical phenomena; and
  • apply scientific principles of acoustics to creative endeavors such as musical composition or performance.
Required Courses

10-11 credits for the minor (4 courses).

Required Courses (6 credits):

  • LMSC-208Music Acoustics (3 credits) or LMSC-209: Architectural Acoustics (3 credits)
  • LMSC-210: Principles of Audio Electronics (3 credits)

Electives (choose two courses; up to 5 credits)

  • LMSC-307: Introduction to Psychoacoustics (3 credits)
  • MTEC-308: Application of Loudspeaker Design (2 credits)
  • MTEC-383: Studio Maintenance and Troubleshooting (2 credits; electable by MPED and ELPD majors only)
  • MTEC-351Applications of Microphone Design (2 credits)

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