Jun 27, 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.


Biological Sciences

   •  BIOL 4246 Microbial Genetics (3)
   •  BIOL 4253 Principles of Ecology (3)
   •  BIOL 4254 Principles of Ecology Laboratory (1)
   •  BIOL 4256 Microbial Ecology and Nutrient Cycling in Soils (4)
   •  BIOL 4262 Marine Communities (3)
   •  BIOL 4263 Marine Communities Laboratory (1)
   •  BIOL 4270 Animal Behavior (4)
   •  BIOL 4299 Genetics of the Evolutionary Process (4)
   •  BIOL 4308 Plants in Coastal Environments (3)
   •  BIOL 4385 Biochemistry Laboratory (3)
   •  BIOL 4400 Molecular Genetics Laboratory (3)
   •  BIOL 4444 Seed Physiology (3)
   •  BIOL 4450 Cell Biology of the Nucleus (3)
   •  BIOL 4596 Biophysics of Macromolecules (3)
   •  BIOL 4600 Topics in Marine Zoology (2-6)
   •  BIOL 4753 Human Molecular Genetics (3)
   •  BIOL 4800 Selected Topics in Biological Sciences (2-4)
   •  BIOL 6147 Selected Topics in Life Science (1-3)
   •  BIOL 7010 Plant Molecular Biology (3)
   •  BIOL 7061 Plant Growth and Development (3)
   •  BIOL 7063 Plant Metabolism (3)
   •  BIOL 7067 Selected Topics in Plant Physiology (2)
   •  BIOL 7080 Population Ecology (3)
   •  BIOL 7083 Community Ecology (3)
   •  BIOL 7093 Plant Population Biology (3)
   •  BIOL 7110 Molecular Evolution (3)
   •  BIOL 7111 Systematic Biology (4)
   •  BIOL 7120 Marine Ecology (3)
   •  BIOL 7132 Mechanisms of Eukaryotic Gene Regulation (3)
   •  BIOL 7152 Advanced Vertebrate Anatomy (4)
   •  BIOL 7155 Energy Transducing Membrane Proteins (3)
   •  BIOL 7162 Molecular Biology of Microorganisms (3)
   •  BIOL 7253 Molecular Population Genetics (4)
   •  BIOL 7260 Advanced Genetics (3)
   •  BIOL 7280 Nucleic Acids (3)
   •  BIOL 7284 Proteins (3)
   •  BIOL 7285 Advanced Enzymology (3)
   •  BIOL 7288 Lipids and Membranes (3)
   •  BIOL 7290 Complex Carbohydrates (3)
   •  BIOL 7626 Toxicology IV: Genetic Toxicology (3)
   •  BIOL 7648 Museum Field Expedition (6)
   •  BIOL 7800 Special Topics in Biological Sciences (2-4)
   •  BIOL 7901 Departmental Seminar in Biological Sciences (1)
   •  BIOL 7902 Departmental Seminar in Biochemistry (1)
   •  BIOL 7921 Research Presentations in the Biological Sciences (1)
   •  BIOL 7946 Seminar: Current Topics in Molecular Evolution (1)
   •  BIOL 7979 Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach (1-8)
   •  BIOL 7990 Independent Research in Biological Sciences (2-8)
   •  BIOL 7995 Independent Readings in Biological Sciences (1-3)
   •  BIOL 8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.)
   •  BIOL 8910 Research Participation (3)
   •  BIOL 9000 Dissertation Research (1-12 per sem.)

Business Law

   •  BLAW 3200 Introduction to Law (3)
   •  BLAW 3201 Business Law (3)
   •  BLAW 3202 Commercial Transactions (3)
   •  BLAW 3230 Sports Law (3)
   •  BLAW 4203 Commercial Transactions for Accountants (3)

Comparative Biomedical Sciences

   •  CBS 7001 Seminar: Comparative Biomedical Sciences (1)
   •  CBS 7002 Research Techniques in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (1-4)
   •  CBS 7003 Special Topics in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (1-4)
   •  CBS 7104 Biomedical Cell and Molecular Biology (3)
   •  CBS 7108 Critical Analysis in Molecular Biology/Medicine (3)
   •  CBS 7109 Advanced Macroscopic Anatomy (1-3)
   •  CBS 7112 Advanced Microscopic Anatomy (1-3)
   •  CBS 7603 Clinical Toxicology (3)
   •  CBS 7614 Central Nervous System (3)
   •  CBS 7617 Autonomic Nervous System (3)
   •  CBS 7628 Biomedical Physiology I (3)
   •  CBS 7629 Biomedical Physiology II (3)
   •  CBS 7631 Biomedical Neuroscience (3)

Civil Engineering

   •  CE 2200 Fluid Mechanics (3)
   •  CE 2250 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1)
   •  CE 2450 Statics (3)
   •  CE 2460 Dynamics and Vibrations (3)
   •  CE 2700 Introduction to Civil Engineering Practice (1)
   •  CE 3300 Geotechnical Engineering I (3)
   •  CE 3350 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory I (1)
   •  CE 3400 Mechanics of Materials (3)
   •  CE 3410 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory (1)
   •  CE 3415 Structural Analysis I (3)
   •  CE 3500 Plane Surveying and Measurements (3)
   •  CE 3600 Principles of Highway and Traffic Engineering (3)
   •  CE 3700 Engineering Materials Laboratory (1)
   •  CE 3740 Independent Studies in Civil Engineering (3)
   •  CE 4200 Hydrology (3)
   •  CE 4250 Ground Water (3)
   •  CE 4260 Design of Hydrologic Systems (3)
   •  CE 4300 Geotechnical Engineering II: Shallow Foundations (3)
   •  CE 4310 Geotechnical Engineering III: Deep Foundations (3)
   •  CE 4320 Coastal Engineering (3)
   •  CE 4400 Principles of Steel Design (3)
   •  CE 4410 Principles of Reinforced Concrete (3)
   •  CE 4420 Principles of Prestressed Concrete (3)
   •  CE 4430 Structural Engineering (3)
   •  CE 4435 Indeterminate Structural Analysis (3)
   •  CE 4440 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3)
   •  CE 4445 Hurricane Engineering (3)
   •  CE 4450 Finite Element Methods (3)
   •  CE 4460 Design of Bridges (3)
   •  CE 4500 Geodetic and Photogrammetric Surveying (3)

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