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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Dance - Option in Dance Science (code DANCBA02) (120 units)

This option offers a course of study that combines specific science courses with dance and is designed to serve students interested in teaching careers, fitness, kinesiology and other science-based fields in dance. This option also prepares successful students for graduate education in the areas of dance science or related studies. Admission into the program is the same as for the general BA in Dance, which includes an entrance and placement audition and meeting all university entrance requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Majors will be able to perform a qualitative anatomical analysis of standing alignment and key dance vocabulary, as well as provide exercises and cues for their improvement.
  • 2. Majors will be able to execute and cue Pilates repertoire designed to enhance dance performance, movement coordination and physical conditioning.
  • 3. Majors will demonstrate an understanding of key anatomical and biomechanical principles for preventing dance injuries and promoting optimal technique when training as dancers or teaching dance technique.
  • 4. Majors will attain an understanding of theoretical and practical scientific concepts of movement to help prepare them for pursuing further degrees or certifications in dance science or related fields.
  • 5. Majors will develop competency in modern dance and ballet, enabling them to pursue careers in education, health and fitness, professional arenas, or to further their academic dance pursuits.
  • 6. Majors will gain an overview of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance.
  • 7. Majors will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.


Composition (5 units):

  • Take both of the following courses:
    • DANC 120 Improvisation (2)
    • DANC 220 Composition I (3)

Theory (41 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • DANC 100 Orientation to Dance (1)
    • DANC 131 Introduction to Music (2)
    • DANC 161 Body Placement (2)
    • DANC 260 Functional Anatomy for the Dancer (3)
    • DANC 261 Anatomy with Clay Laboratory (1)
    • DANC 262 Pilates I (3)
    • DANC 360 Prevention and Care of Dance Injuries (3)
    • DANC 373I Nonverbal Communicatio (3)
    • DANC 442 Traditions in Ballet and Modern Dance (3)
    • DANC 470 Dance Pedagogy (3)
    • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 208 Human Anatomy (4)
    • KIN 300 Biomechanics of Human Movement (3)
    • KIN 301 Exercise Physiology (3)
    • KIN 312 Motor Control and Learning (3)

Performance/Crew (2 units):

  • Take one unit from the following courses:
    • DANC 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B, 481A, 481B
  • Take one unit from the following courses:
    • DANC 180A, 180B, 295, 321, 380A, 380B, 480A, 480B, 495.

Technique (20 units):

  • Take nine units from the following courses:
    • (3 units must be earned from 312)
    • DANC 152, 252, 312, 412
  • Take nine units from the following courses:
    • (3 units must be from 314)
    • DANC 154, 254, 314, 414
  • Take two units from the following courses:
    • DANC 216, 316
  • Take five units from the following courses:
    • ATEP 207, 309; DANC 362; KIN 315, 339I, 363, 368, 430, 462, 467; NUTR 132.