Program Director: Celmer
This program was instituted in 1976 by Professor Emeritus Conrad Hemond Jr. of the School of Engineering’s Acoustics Laboratory, and Professor Emeritus William Willett of The Hartt School. Those who pursue the field of engineering to study acoustics have many career areas from which to choose. These include audio engineering (high-fidelity sound system design), architectural acoustics (design of concert halls, recording studios, and music rooms), musical acoustics (design of musical instruments), noise control and sound quality (of machinery, jet engines, automobiles, and environmental regulations), and bioacoustics (design of hearing aids, replacement parts for the ear, hearing test equipment). To be accepted into this curriculum, applicants must have the math and science background required of all engineering students and must successfully pass the entrance requirements of The Hartt School, including an audition.
Although the curriculum is scheduled to be completed within four years, it is one of the most rigorous undergraduate programs at the University, requiring at least 141 credits for completion. Acoustical engineering and music students bring a special perspective to their studies because of their individual pursuits.