Jul 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 History

   •  ARTH 1441 Historical Survey of the Arts (3)
   •  ARTH 2401 Art of the Ancient Near East and Egypt (3)
   •  ARTH 2402 Classical Art and Archaeology (3)
   •  ARTH 2411 Survey of Asian Art (3)
   •  ARTH 2469 Italian Renaissance Art (3)
   •  ARTH 2470 Survey of 20th Century Art (3)
   •  ARTH 2480 Introduction to Museum Studies (3)
   •  ARTH 4401 History of Prints (3)
   •  ARTH 4404 The Art of Rome (3)
   •  ARTH 4405 Early Christian and Byzantine Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4406 Romanesque Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4409 Early Greek Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4410 Later Greek Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4412 Gothic Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4413 Early Netherlandish and German Painting (3)
   •  ARTH 4420 Studies in Art History (3)
   •  ARTH 4422 History of Modern Design (3)
   •  ARTH 4423 Early Renaissance Painting in Italy (3)
   •  ARTH 4424 High Renaissance and Mannerist Painting in Italy (3)
   •  ARTH 4425 Renaissance Sculpture in Italy (3)
   •  ARTH 4427 Northern Baroque Painting (3)
   •  ARTH 4429 Southern Baroque Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4433 18th Century European Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4440 African Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4441 Chinese Painting (3)
   •  ARTH 4442 Japanese Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4443 Indian Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4444 Southeast Asian Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4449 Islamic Art and Architecture (3)
   •  ARTH 4450 19th Century European Painting (3)
   •  ARTH 4451 Early 20th Century European Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4464 American Art to 1900 (3)
   •  ARTH 4465 American Art: 1900-1960 (3)
   •  ARTH 4466 Survey of Contemporary Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4467 Latin American Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4468 Issues in Contemporary Art (3)
   •  ARTH 4469 Art of the American South: 1560-1861 (3)
   •  ARTH 4470 History of Photography (3)
   •  ARTH 4480 Video Art and Theory (3)
   •  ARTH 4482 Digital Art History (3)
   •  ARTH 4484 New Media Art Theory (3)
   •  ARTH 4490 Independent Study in Art History (1-3)
   •  ARTH 4499 Undergraduate Seminar (3)
   •  ARTH 7400 Art Theory and Criticism (3)
   •  ARTH 7410 Colloquium in Art Historical Methods (1)
   •  ARTH 7420 Special Topics in Art History (3)
   •  ARTH 7441 Graduate Research Seminar in History of Art (3)
   •  ARTH 7442 Graduate Research Seminar in History of Art (3)
   •  ARTH 7490 Independent Study in Art History (1-3)
   •  ARTH 8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.)


   •  ASTR 1101 The Solar System (3)
   •  ASTR 1102 Stellar Astronomy (3)
   •  ASTR 1108 Astronomy Laboratory (1)
   •  ASTR 1109 Astronomy Laboratory (1)
   •  ASTR 4221 Introductory Astrophysics (3)
   •  ASTR 4222 Introductory Astrophysics (3)
   •  ASTR 4261 Modern Observational Techniques (3)
   •  ASTR 4750 Special Topics in Observational Astronomy (3)
   •  ASTR 4997 Problems in Astronomy (1-3)
   •  ASTR 7741 Stellar Astrophysics (3)
   •  ASTR 7742 Stellar Astrophysics (3)
   •  ASTR 7751 Galactic Astrophysics (3)
   •  ASTR 7752 Galactic Astrophysics (3)
   •  ASTR 7777 Seminar in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1-6)
   •  ASTR 7783 Topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics (3)

Business Administration

   •  BADM 7000 Internship in Business Administration (3)
   •  BADM 7010 Emerging Business Issues and Practices in a Global Economy (1)
   •  BADM 7020 Managerial Statistics (3)
   •  BADM 7030 Understanding Financial Information (3)
   •  BADM 7050 Information Systems (3)
   •  BADM 7060 Elements of Cost Management (3)
   •  BADM 7070 Understanding Behavior in Organizations (3)
   •  BADM 7090 Financial Management (3)
   •  BADM 7100 Marketing Administration (3)
   •  BADM 7120 Operations Management (3)
   •  BADM 7140 Legal Environment of Business (3)
   •  BADM 7160 Negotiation, Persuasion and Influence (3)
   •  BADM 7170 Understanding International Management Challenges (3)
   •  BADM 7190 Managing Sources of Competitive Advantage (3)
   •  BADM 7200 Economic Environment of the Firm (3)
   •  BADM 7270 Seminar in New Developments in Business Administration (3)
   •  BADM 7420 Financing and Legal Issues for New Ventures (3)
   •  BADM 7440 Franchise Development (3)
   •  BADM 7460 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship (1.5)
   •  BADM 7480 Independent Study in Entrepreneurship (1.5)
   •  BADM 7600 Consulting Field Project (3)
   •  BADM 7900 Human Factors in Business and Industry: Current Problems (3)

Basic Sciences

   •  BASC 2010 Inquiry Approaches to Math and Science Teaching (1)
   •  BASC 2011 Inquiry-Based Math and Science Lesson Design (1)
   •  BASC 7000 Methods of Instruction in College Life Science Laboratories (1)

Biological Engineering

   •  BE 1250 Introduction to Engineering Methods (2)
   •  BE 1252 Biology in Engineering (2)
   •  BE 2350 Experimental Methods for Engineers (3)
   •  BE 2352 Quantitative Biology in Engineering (3)
   •  BE 3249 Engineering Practice I (3)
   •  BE 3290 Professionalism for Biological Engineers (2)
   •  BE 3320 Mechanical Design for Biological Engineering (3)
   •  BE 3340 Process Design in Biological Engineering (3)
   •  BE 3371 Irrigation Fundamentals and Management (3)
   •  BE 3381 Nonpoint Source Pollution Engineering (3)

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