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

Admission into the program begins with admittance into the BA in Dance including an entrance and placement audition and fulfillment of all university entrance requirements. Additionally, students must pass DANC 260 and DANC 261 with a grade of B or better before submitting a Change of Major form to the Program Coordinator and Chair.

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):

  • DANC 120 Improvisation (2)
    Prerequisites: None
  • DANC 220 Composition I (3)
    Prerequisite: DANC 120. Corequisite: DANC 131.

Theory (40 units):

Take all the following courses:

  • DANC 100 Orientation to Dance (1)
    Prerequisite: Dance Major or Minor. Corequisite: DANC 152 or DANC 154.
  • DANC 131 Introduction to Music (2)
    Prerequisites: None
  • DANC 161 Body Placement (2)
    Prerequisites: Open to Dance Majors and Minors.
  • DANC 260 Functional Anatomy for the Dancer (3)
    Prerequisites: DANC 161 or consent of the instructor.
  • DANC 261 Anatomy with Clay Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisites: DANC 161 or consent of the instructor. Corequisites: DANC 260 or consent of the instructor.
  • DANC 262 Pilates I (3)
    Prerequisites: DANC 260 or BIOL 208.
  • DANC 362 Pilates II (2)
    Prerequisites: DANC 262 or consent of instructor.
  • DANC 442 Dance and Social Identity in the U.S. (3)
    Prerequisites: None
  • DANC 470 Dance Pedagogy (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper division standing, or consent of instructor.
  • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.
  • BIOL 208 Human Anatomy (4)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.
  • KIN 300 Biomechanics of Human Movement (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 208 or equivalent.
  • KIN 301 Exercise Physiology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 207 or equivalent 4-unit Human Physiology course with 3-hour lecture and 3-hour lab with grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • KIN 312 Motor Control and Learning (3)
    Prerequisites: For KIN majors: BIOL 207, BIOL 208; PSY 100. For PSY Neuroscience majors: BIOL 208, BIOL 342; PSY 100.
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
    PrerequisiteCorequisite: GE A1 requirement.

Performance/Crew (2 units):

Take one unit from the following courses:

  • DANC 181A, DANC 181B, DANC 381A, DANC 381B, DANC 481A, DANC 481B

Take one unit from the following courses:

  • DANC 180A, DANC 180B, DANC 295, DANC 380A, DANC 380B, DANC 480A, DANC 480B, DANC 495

Technique (20 units):

Take nine units from the following courses:

  • DANC 152, DANC 252, DANC 312, DANC 412

Take nine units from the following courses:

  • DANC 154, DANC 254, DANC 314, DANC 414

Take two units from the following courses:

  • DANC 216, DANC 312, DANC 314, DANC 316

Three units from the following courses:

  • ATEP 309; KIN 315, KIN 339, KIN 368, KIN 430; NUTR 132

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