Sep 20, 2019  
2013-2014 General Catalog 
2013-2014 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses of Instruction

The following is a listing of all courses of instruction offered by departments at LSU. This listing was up-to-date and as correct as possible at the time of publication of this catalog.

Since this catalog was prepared well in advance of its effective date, some courses may have been added, others may have been dropped, and/or changes in content may have been made.

The following are important notes concerning courses:

  • General education courses are designated within the course description in bold.
  • Class minima are specified in PS-37, Minimum Class Size:
  ≪ Below 4000 15  
  ≪ Between 4000-4999 10  
  ≪ 5000 and above 5  
  • Academic credit provides the basis for measuring the amount of engaged learning time expected of a typical student enrolled not only in traditional classroom settings but also laboratories, studios, internships, and other experiential learning, distance, and correspondence education. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates:
    • Not less than one hour (50 minutes) of lecture/classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out-of-class student work for approximately 15 weeks for one semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
    • At least an equivalent amount of work as required (and outlines in the bullet point above) for other academic activities including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

The above described definitions do not dictate particular amounts of classroom time versus out-of-class student work. In determining the amount of work the learning outcomes of the proposed course will entail, the program may take into consideration alternative delivery methods, measurements of student work, academic calendars, disciplines, degree levels, and other similar considerations.

  • When a course consists entirely or partly of laboratory, that fact is stated in the description. When not otherwise specified, the course consists entirely of lectures.
  • The number of credit hours that a course carries per semester is listed in parentheses following the course title. If the number listed is variable, i.e., (2-4), the amount of credit that the student is to receive must be stated at the time of registration.
  • Indication of variable credit does not mean that a course may be repeated for credit. If a course can be repeated for credit, that information is included in the course description.
  • Listing of a course does not necessarily mean that it will be offered every year. Some courses are only offered in the summer such as field courses. They are indicated in the catalog by Su. Students may contact the departments to determine when courses will be offered.
  • The phrases also offered as… , see…, or same as…, which appear in some course descriptions, refer to honors courses or to cross-listed courses that are available through more than one department. In each of these instances, only one of the courses may be taken for credit.

LSU Course Numbering System

An explanation of the first digit of the four-digit course numbering system follows. The meaning of the second, third, and fourth digits varies by department. See “Year Classification of Students ” in the “Regulations ” section of this catalog for an explanation of the criteria for classification as a freshman, sophomore, etc.

1000-1999 • For undergraduate students, primarily freshmen; for undergraduate credit only. Ordinarily open to all students; in some instances upper-division students may not take these courses for degree credit.

2000-2999 • For undergraduate students, sophomore level or above; for undergraduate credit only.

3000-3999 • For advanced undergraduate students, junior- and senior-level; for undergraduate credit only. These courses constitute the advanced portion of an undergraduate program leading to the bachelor’s degree. A student with fewer than 60 hours of credit may enroll in 3000 level courses if they meet the enrollment requirements of the college whose departments offer the courses.

4000-4999 • For advanced undergraduate students (who have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours) and students in graduate and professional schools and colleges; for undergraduate or graduate credit.

Undergraduates with 30 or more semester hours who are making timely progress toward a degree may be admitted to 4000 level courses. Such students must have a 3.50 GPA or higher, the appropriate prerequisites, consent of the instructor, and permission of the dean of the student’s undergraduate college.

Graduate credit for LSU Seniors. A senior at LSU who needs fewer than 15 semester hours to complete requirements for the bachelor’s degree, who has maintained a GPA of at least a 3.00 during the preceding year at LSU, and who has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 may be permitted to register for graduate credit in courses numbered 4000-4999, provided the student registers for all the remaining courses required for graduation and for no more than 15 semester hours total. This privilege applies only during the final semester of the student’s undergraduate work and is extended only upon recommendation of the chair of the department in which the student plans to enroll as a graduate student, the dean of the student’s college, and approval of the dean of The Graduate School. The requested signatures of approval should be submitted on a form designed specifically for this program. This form must be submitted to The Graduate School by the last day to add classes in the semester in which graduate credit is desired. A student must complete all undergraduate degree credit courses in order to retain the privilege of obtaining graduate credit for the remaining courses.

5000-5999 • For students in post-baccalaureate professional programs (architecture, law, and veterinary medicine). A student in The Graduate School may take these courses for credit with approval of the student’s major department.

6000-6999 • Exclusively for teachers at the elementary, secondary, and junior college levels.

7000-7999 • For students in The Graduate School; for graduate credit only except as follows. Undergraduates with 75 or more semester hours who are making timely progress toward a degree may be admitted to 7000 level courses. Such students must have a 3.50 or higher GPA, the appropriate prerequisites, consent of the instructor, and permission of the dean of the student’s undergraduate college. Credit so earned will apply only toward undergraduate degree requirements, except for students enrolled in an accelerated master’s degree program.

8000-8999 • Research courses exclusively for graduate students, primarily for students working toward the master’s degree; for graduate credit only. The number 8000 designates thesis research.

9000-9999 • Research courses exclusively for graduate students, primarily for advanced graduate students working toward the doctoral degree; for graduate credit only. The number 9000 designates dissertation research.

Louisiana Common Course Numbering System

To help students transfer from one institution to another, Louisiana public post-secondary institutions have adopted a single numbering system for many of their courses. The Louisiana Common Course Numbering System (LCCN) is a standard set of four-character abbreviations for academic disciplines and four-digit course numbers. The first digit of the number represents the academic level of the course (1 for freshman, 2 for sophomore, 3 for junior, and 4 for senior). For courses with Louisiana Common Course Numbers, the numbers appear in brackets in the course descriptions. For additional information about the LCCN, please access here.

Students should consult the “Undergraduate Admissions ” section of this catalog for information regarding the acceptance of credit from other collegiate institutions.


Art: Digital Art

   •  ART 4230 Virtual Space and Motion (3)
   •  ART 4240 Topics in Digital Art (3)
   •  ART 4290 Digital Art Synthesis (3)
   •  ART 4550 Digital Imaging for Visual Communications (3)
   •  ART 4560 Interactive Media for Visual Communications (3)
   •  ART 7250 Digital Art Praxis (3)
   •  ART 7255 Digital Art Seminar (3)

Art: General Courses

   •  ART 1001 Introduction to Fine Arts (3)
   •  ART 1008 Introduction to Two-Dimensional Composition (3)
   •  ART 1009 Introduction to Three-Dimensional Art (3)
   •  ART 1010 Introduction to Drawing (3)
   •  ART 1011 Two-Dimensional Design (3)
   •  ART 1012 Three-Dimensional Design (3)
   •  ART 1013 Studio Art Abroad (3)
   •  ART 4020 Special Topics in Studio (3)
   •  ART 4030 Independent Study in Studio Art (3)
   •  ART 4080 Performance Art (3)
   •  ART 7042 Visiting Artist Seminar (3)
   •  ART 8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.)

Art: Graphic Design

   •  ART 1551 Basic Design (3)
   •  ART 2544 Letter Forms (3)
   •  ART 2545 Honors: Letter Forms (3)
   •  ART 2552 Color Design (3)
   •  ART 2554 Graphic Design I (3)
   •  ART 2555 Honors: Graphic Design I (3)
   •  ART 2564 Graphic Abstraction (3)
   •  ART 4514 Experimental Design (3)
   •  ART 4526 Prepress Production Techniques (3)
   •  ART 4527 Applied Typography (3)
   •  ART 4541 Special Studies in Graphic Design (3)
   •  ART 4551 Graphic Design II (3)
   •  ART 4553 Digital Imaging Techniques (3)
   •  ART 4555 Graphic Design III (3)
   •  ART 4561 Survey of Graphic Design (3)
   •  ART 4564 Senior Graphic Design (3)
   •  ART 4567 Interactive Multimedia Design (3)
   •  ART 4574 Graphic Design Synthesis (3)
   •  ART 7500 Graduate Graphic Design (3,6)
   •  ART 7553 Graduate Research in Design (3)
   •  ART 7554 Graduate Research in Design (3)
   •  ART 7556 Graduate Research in Design (3)

Art: Painting and Drawing

   •  ART 1847 Drawing and Composition (3)
   •  ART 1848 Beginning Figure Drawing (3)
   •  ART 1849 Introduction to Painting (3)
   •  ART 2800 Honors: Painting II (3)
   •  ART 2879 Figure Drawing II (3)
   •  ART 2880 Intermediate Drawing (3)
   •  ART 2881 Painting II (3)
   •  ART 2882 Abstract Painting (3)
   •  ART 2883 Water Media Painting (3)
   •  ART 4800 Senior Project Painting (3)
   •  ART 4841 Special Studies in Painting and Drawing (3)
   •  ART 4880 Figure Painting (3)
   •  ART 4881 Painting III (3)
   •  ART 4882 Advanced Water Media Painting (3)
   •  ART 4884 Painting IV (3)
   •  ART 4886 Landscape Painting (3)
   •  ART 4887 Advanced Figure Drawing III (3)
   •  ART 4889 Advanced Drawing Workshop (3)
   •  ART 7800 Graduate Painting (3,6)
   •  ART 7881 Painting Seminar (3)

Art: Photography

   •  ART 2995 Basic Photography (3)
   •  ART 2996 Intermediate Photography (3)
   •  ART 2997 Honors: Intermediate Photography (3)
   •  ART 3992 Introduction to Digital Photography (3)
   •  ART 3994 Advanced Photography (3)
   •  ART 3996 Color Photography I (3)
   •  ART 4941 Special Studies in Photography (3)
   •  ART 4992 Concepts in Advanced Digital Photography (3)
   •  ART 4994 Large Format Photography (3)
   •  ART 4996 Color Photography II (3)
   •  ART 4997 Alternative Photographic Processes (3)
   •  ART 4998 Senior Project: Photography (3)
   •  ART 7900 Graduate Photography (3,6)

Art: Printmaking

   •  ART 1360 Introduction to Printmaking (3)
   •  ART 2332 Silkscreen Printing (3)
   •  ART 2342 Papermaking (3)
   •  ART 2352 Relief Printmaking (3)
   •  ART 2360 Intermediate Printmaking (3)
   •  ART 2361 Honors: Intermediate Printmaking (3)
   •  ART 2363 Intaglio (3)
   •  ART 2371 Lithography (3)
   •  ART 2381 Book Arts (3)
   •  ART 2392 Digital Printmaking (3)
   •  ART 4300 Senior Project: Printmaking (3)
   •  ART 4360 Advanced Printmaking (3)
   •  ART 4366 Special Studies in Printmaking (3,6)
   •  ART 4380 Monotype and Monoprint (3)
   •  ART 4381 Advanced Book Arts (3 or 6)
   •  ART 4383 Letterpress Printmaking (3)
   •  ART 4390 Large Format Printmaking (3)
   •  ART 4391 Digital & Alternative Print Media (3)
   •  ART 7300 Graduate Printmaking (3,6)

Art: Sculpture

   •  ART 1762 Sculpture I (3)
   •  ART 2761 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
   •  ART 4741 Special Studies in Sculpture (3,6)
   •  ART 4761 Advanced Sculpture (3)
   •  ART 4762 Senior Project: Sculpture (3)
   •  ART 7700 Graduate Sculpture (3,6)

Art History

   •  ARTH 1440 Historical Survey of the Arts (3)

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