Combined Major in Music & Computer Science

Lee Gauthier, student in the joint Music & Computer Science major, wins the first annual Echo Award. Congratulations Lee! Lee has also just been hired by Bandcamp, so we're doubly excited for him.


The combined degree program in Music and Computer Science is ideal if you intend to work with music and technology.

The disciplines of Music and Computer Science are closely linked. The last half-century of music history is full of attempts to adapt to and adopt technological advancements. These days, live music performances frequently involve computer technology, from synthesizers and samplers to 3-dimensional controllers for manipulating sound.

Computers are instrumental in producing music recordings, music for film and video games, and delivering music in the form of CDs, DVDs, internet broadcasts, and file downloads.


The combined degree program includes the core courses for both Music and Computer Science degrees, except for private lessons in voice or an instrument.

Music courses include: Computer Science courses include:
  • Theory
  • History
  • Acoustics
  • Recording techniques
  • Sound synthesis and manipulation
  • Computer music
  • Programming techniques
  • Algorithms
  • Data structures
  • Operating systems
  • Networks
  • Multimedia systems
  • Digital signal processing
  • Artificial intelligence

Course Calendar

For information about the specific course requirements of our undergraduate program, please see the UVic Calendar for required courses for the Combined Major Program in Music and Computer Science.

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