B.S. Communications Technology - Audio Engineering

The Audio Engineering concentration provides an education in the art and technology of sound and music recording, broadcast audio and audio post-production.  Combining hands-on and in-class learning, the program is both exciting and rigorous.  Students receive instruction in recording, mixing, and editing, a foundation in the physics of sound, electricity and signal flow, and an in-depth survey of popular music fundamentals.  Throughout the program students learn about audio technology, including how to use Digital Audio Workstations (DAWS), plug-ins, operate recording consoles, outboard processors, select & position microphones and industry-standard software such as Pro Tools.  As part of a well-balanced education, the program’s music courses strengthen artistic foundations while core classes in communications help develop the interpersonal skills crucial to success.  To prepare for careers in the diverse audio industry, Audio Engineering students participate in a variety of activities, including the recording and mixing of music, providing audio for broadcast, producing audio (post-production) for film and video productions, and practicing the sound reinforcement essentials.

General Education Requirements
CM 100Speech3
CM 200Interpersonal Communication3
CT 429Advanced Audio Post4
or CT 431 Advanced Music Production
EH 123Rhetoric and Composition I3
EH 124Rhetoric and Composition II3
EH 200Approaches to Literature3
HE 111The Husson Experience ***1
HY 301The 20th Century3
MC 236History of Mass Communications3
MC 400Ethics in Media3
MS 141Contemporary College Algebra4
MS 132Probability and Statistics3
PY 111General Psychology3
Fine Arts Elective3
Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective3
Lab Science Elective3-4
Open Elective3
NESCom CORE Requirements
CT 245Photography I3
IT 121Computer Applications for Digital Media3
MC 101Introduction to Media3
MC 301Career Preparation1
MC 406Media Law and Regulation3
Communications Technology Core Requirements
CT 100Intro to Video Production3
CT 110Audio Technology I *3
CT 206Intro to Live Sound Technology *3
IT 331Networking3
Audio Engineering Concentration Requirements
CT 111Music Structure and Style for Audio3
CT 112Applied Audio Technology I *2
CT 213Pro Tools I *3
CT 270Audio Technology II, Multitrack Recording & Mixing *3
CT 271Applied Audio Technology II, Multitrack Recording & Mixing Lab *2
CT 326Technical Foundations of Audio Systems *3
CT 327Audio III, Hybrid Mixing Techniques *3
CT 328Principles of Effective Recording *2
CT 329Applications of Effective Recording *3
CT 362Pro Tools II Post *3
or CT 363 Pro Tools II Music
CT 416Fundamentals of Audio Post *3
or CT 417 Advanced Audio Engineering
MC/CT/EP/ IT Electives15
Total Hours121-122

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
CT 110*3CT 206*3
CT 1113CT 213*3
CT 112*2EH 1243
EH 1233MC 1013
HE 111***1MS 1414
IT 1213 
 15 16
Second Year
CT 1003CT 326*3
CT 270*3CT 327*3
CT 271*2CT 328*2
MS 1323CT 329*3
PY 1113EH 2003
 14 14
Third Year
CM 1003CM 2003
CT 362 or 363*3CT 2453
HY 3013CT 416 or 417*3
Fine Arts Elective3MC 2363
MC/CT/EP/IT ELECTIVE 3Lab Science Elective3-4
 15 15-16
Fourth Year
MC 3011MC 4063
MC 4003MC/CT/EP/IT Elective3
IT 3313MC/CT/EP/IT Elective3
Foreign Cult. & Conv. Elect.3Open Elective 3
MC/CT/EP/IT Elective3CT 429 or 4314
MC/CT/EP/IT Elective3 
 16 16
Total Hours: 121-122

 In order to progress in the Audio Engineering Program a grade of C+ or higher must be achieved.


 May not be required for degree completion.