CAROLYN C. COLLINS
R. PAUL IVEY
The chief administrative officer of the University College is the dean. The University College Advisory Board, composed of business and professional people, sponsors the division's development and scholarship funds. The University College Council, a branch of Student Government, provides recommendations and feedback about programs and services.
CENTER FOR FRESHMAN YEAR
The Center for Freshman Year is the academic unit for freshman and transfer students who intend to pursue a degree at LSU, have attempted fewer than 60 hours, and have not been admitted to a degree-granting college.
The chief functions of the Center are:
COUNSELING AND ACADEMIC ADVISING
Every Freshman Year student has access to the full-time counseling staff. Students may obtain assistance from counselors in curriculum selection, career guidance, college study skills, and problems that interfere with academic progress.
The Center for Freshman Year coordinates departmental academic advising for freshman students. This service provides personal contact between each Freshman Year student and a counselor or faculty member from the department in which the student has expressed special interest.
CURRICULUM FOR THE FRESHMAN YEAR
Freshmen who have decided on a field of study and who want to graduate in the minimum time should follow the freshman-year curriculum suggested by the college offering their field of study. Occasionally, course substitutions must be made because of a student's initial placement in mathematics and English. Students who have not decided on a field of study are encouraged to participate in academic and career counseling sessions during their first semester by making an appointment with a Center for Freshman Year counselor.
Freshman Year students may schedule up to 19 hours in any regular semester. A maximum of 12 hours may be earned in any combination of summer sessions. In exceptional cases, permission to schedule more than 19 hours in one regular semester may be granted by the dean.
AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT) - SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT)
Students planning to enter the University must take the American College Testing Program examination (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) prior to registration. Results of the tests should be sent to LSU. Scores on the ACT/SAT are used to place the student in courses at the most appropriate level and to determine eligibility for advanced-standing credit. ACT/SAT scores are also valuable in helping the student set educational objectives.
ACT and SAT are offered several times a year on a regular schedule at school and college centers throughout the United States and Canada and in some foreign countries. Information about registration for the test may be obtained from the Measurement & Evaluation Center, 51 Himes Hall, 225/388-1145; any high school guidance counselor; or the Registration Department, American College Testing Program (ACT), P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa 52240; Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, N.J., 08541-0001.
Freshman Year students may enroll in correspondence courses with the approval of the college dean. For degree requirement guidelines, students should consult the correspondence study section of this catalog under the senior college in which they expect to enroll. Students may enroll in correspondence study at any time. However, all students will be governed by the correspondence study policy that provides for a maximum of three lessons per week.
Deadline for Completion of Correspondence Courses
Correspondence course grades will be posted to the transcript when the course is completed. If a registered student takes the final examination by the last day of the examination period of a semester/summer term, the grade will be used to determine academic action at the conclusion of that semester/summer term. If the examination is taken after that date, or if the student is not registered, the correspondence grade will be used to determine academic action the next regular semester or summer term for which the student is registered. The grade will not be posted to intersession.
Students placed on scholastic drop while a correspondence course is in progress will be allowed to complete the course for degree credit. During their period of ineligibility to enroll, students may register on a noncredit basis for correspondence courses.
Extensions of Time
Students will receive an extension of time to complete a correspondence course if they (1) have not exceeded the maximum number of hours for enrollment for a regular or summer term, including correspondence courses; (2) remain eligible to enroll at the University; and (3) continue their enrollment in the Center for Freshman Year.
Maximum Length of Enrollment
The maximum length of enrollment in a correspondence study course is the same as that listed in the Independent Study Bulletin published by the Office of Independent Study.
Maximum Number of Credit Hours Applicable Toward a Degree
No more than one-fourth of the number of hours required for the bachelor's degree may be taken through the Division of Continuing Education by correspondence study. Students are expected to abide by any special college restrictions concerning the maximum number of hours that may be applied toward a degree. Specific information regarding acceptance of correspondence study toward fulfillment of degree requirements is provided in college/school sections of this catalog.
For information about scholastic requirements, see the "Undergraduate Degree Requirements - Regulations" section in this catalog.
Students are expected to attend all classes regularly and punctually. The Center for Freshman Year approves excuses in two situations only:
All other absences are subject to the attendance policies and procedures of instructors. Students should understand that these policies vary among instructors and that they must comply with the attendance requirements of each instructor.
If circumstances cause unavoidable, extended periods of absence, students should notify a Center for Freshman Year counselor, who will send an explanation to instructors concerned. Upon returning to class, students should clear all absences with each instructor.
Entering freshmen who qualify on the basis of their ACT/SAT scores are invited to apply for admission to the Honors College. Students who do not qualify upon entering LSU, but who do exceptionally well in their first semester, may apply for admission for the second semester.
The core courses of the freshman honors curriculum are Honors 1001/1003, or 1101/1103, and 2002/2004. The team-taught interdisciplinary courses investigate the historical, conceptual, and cultural roots of western civilization. Completion of these courses may satisfy the English, social science, and/or liberal arts requirement for the freshman year in most curricula.
For further information on this program see the "Honors College" section in this catalog.
Students of superior ability and preparation and students who have already gained a fundamental knowledge of subjects offered at the University may earn degree credit through advanced-standing examinations in specific courses. Advanced-standing examinations in mathematics, calculus, foreign languages, physics, and chemistry are offered during the Spring Testing and Freshman Advising Programs for entering freshmen. Scores earned on the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are used as a basis for allowing credit in freshman English.
Advanced-standing credit will be granted in appropriate subjects to freshmen who earn a grade of 3, 4, or 5 on Advanced-Placement (AP) Examinations of the College Board. Policies governing acceptance of credit and required scores for subject examinations are established by the appropriate LSU academic departments. Information on credit earned, through ACT, SAT, AP, or CLEP is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Further information concerning regulations that apply to these examinations is given in the "Undergraduate Admission" section of this catalog.
THE CENTER FOR ADVISING AND COUNSELING
The Center for Advising and Counseling provides the administrative structure for students with 60-plus hours who are seeking entry to a senior college at LSU, for students pursuing one of the preprofessional programs in Allied Health and Nursing at the LSU Health Sciences Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport, and for students attending the University in a variety of special enrollment categories.
The Center for Advising and Counseling serves both the traditional and the nontraditional student and allows them the opportunity to maximize development of individual goals. The college maintains high standards of excellence for all students.
Within the framework of University regulations, students may be admitted to the Center for Advising and Counseling according to the following policies:
Any additional requirements for admission may be found in the enrollment options on the following pages.
ADMINISTRATION AND COUNSELING
Academic records for students enrolled in the Center for Advising and Counseling are maintained in 150 Himes Hall. The Center for Advising and Counseling houses a professional counseling staff to provide students an opportunity to gain assistance in both academic and personal matters.
Students in the Center for Advising and Counseling bear final responsibility for selecting an academic program from one of LSU’s senior college offerings and adhering to all published regulations and degree requirements of that college.
MAXIMUM COURSE LOAD
The maximum load for which a student in the Center for Advising and Counseling may register is 19 semester hours during the regular semester and 12 semester hours during the summer term, including any correspondence work taken simultaneously.
Students in the Center for Advising and Counseling may enroll in correspondence courses with the approval of the college dean. For degree requirement guidelines, student should consult the correspondence study section of this catalog under the senior college in which they expect to eventually enroll. Students may enroll in correspondence study at any time. All students will be governed by the correspondence study policy that provides for a maximum of three lessons per week.
Students who meet University admission requirements, but who do not qualify for enrollment in the Center for Freshman Year or in a senior college, may be considered for admission into the undecided classification. Students are expected to qualify for admission to their senior colleges within four semesters in the undecided classification. Enrollment as an undecided student is allowed on a restricted basis.
Continuing students will be considered for undecided enrollment if they are no more than 15 quality points below the admission requirements of the senior college to which they seek enrollment.
Transfer and Reentry Students
Transfer and reentry students who have not been enrolled for at least one semester of college work may be considered for undecided enrollment by a committee of University College and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions representatives under the following criteria:
The admissions committee will exercise discretion in considering any other variable important to the admission decision.
Students with academic records that reflect the potential to pursue one of the preprofessional programs in Allied Health or Nursing programs at the Health Sciences Center in New Orleans or Shreveport are encouraged to enroll in the Center for Advising and Counseling after meeting the center’s admission requirements.
Not Regularly Admitted Students
Students who are within 12 hours of graduation at another college or university and who take courses at LSU with the intent to transfer all credit to their home institution may be eligible for admission as not regularly admitted (NORAD). No academic action is taken for this category of students.
Southern University/Baton Rouge Community College Cross Enrollment StudentsStudents enrolled at Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College may take courses at LSU through a cooperative agreement among the three institutions. These students are enrolled in the Center for Advising and Counseling. No academic action is taken by LSU on these students.
Students enrolled in another accredited college or university who are eligible to continue in that institution in the next regular semester or term and who are not on scholastic warning or probation may register as visiting students in the Center for Advising and Counseling for one semester or summer term only. These students must submit a statement from the registrar of that school. The statement must include the total number of semester or quarter hours of credit previously earned. Students admitted on a visiting student basis who wish to be considered for regular admission must complete a new application for admission and must supply official transcripts of all college work previously taken.
DIVISION OF PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS
Admission to the preprofessional health programs in the Center for Advising and Counseling does not constitute admission to the professional health programs at the LSU Health Sciences Center.
ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAMS
The Center for Advising and Counseling offers two- and three-year preprofessional programs that prepare students to enter professional curricula leading to the bachelor's degree in the various allied health fields at either of LSU Health Sciences Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport or at the LSU Dental School in New Orleans.
The LSU Health Sciences Center offers the final two- or three-years (clinical or professional) of Bachelor of Science degree programs in cardiopulmonary science (respiratory therapy), medical technology, occupational therapy, ophthalmic medical technology, physician’s assistant, and rehabilitation counseling.
The LSU School of Dentistry offers programs in dental hygiene and dental technology. The bachelor of science degree in each discipline is available. Admission to these programs is on a competitive basis, and applications for admission must be submitted well in advance of the date of matriculation at the Health Sciences Center.
The LSU School of Allied Health Professions also offers master’s degrees in communication disorders, health sciences, and physical therapy.
Admission to these programs is on a competitive basis and preference is given to Louisiana residents. Further information regarding any of the programs may be obtained from the allied health faculty adviser in the Center for Advising and Counseling or from the appropriate institutions.
The programs of study shown below are appropriate for the professional curricula indicated.
PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS IN CARDIOPULMONARY SCIENCE (RESPIRATORY THERAPY), OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, AND PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT
These programs are designed for students desiring to apply for entry into professional curricula in cardiopulmonary science (respiratory therapy), occupational therapy, and physician's assistant.
Approval of course selections must be obtained from the allied health counselor in the Center for Advising and Counseling or from the head of the appropriate professional department at the LSU School of Allied Health Professions. A copy of this approval must be placed in the student's file in the Center for Advising and Counseling.
Students enrolled in a preoccupational therapy program are required to complete only one three-hour lecture course in chemistry.
Military science or physical education skills courses are not acceptable as electives in fulfilling the 60-sem. hr. pre-allied health credit requirement.
Areas of Concentration
Biological Sciences 1001, 1002; physics 2001, 2108; six hrs. of sciences including Kinesiology 2500.
Physics 2001, 2108; six sem. hrs. of psychology electives; Sociology 2001, Kinesiology 2500 and 3500.
Biological Sciences 1011, 1012, 2160; Kinesiology 2500; Physics 2001, 2108; psychology elective (3 hrs.).
PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IN OPHTHALMIC MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING
Approval of course selections must be obtained from the adviser in the Center for Advising and Counseling or from the head of the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at the LSU School of Allied Health Professions. A copy of this approval must be placed in the student's file in the Center for Advising and Counseling.
PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
The LSU Health Sciences Center offers a "3 plus 1" program in medical technology. Please contact the adviser in the Center for Advising and Counseling for more information.
PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IN DENTAL HYGIENE
The LSU Dental School in New Orleans offers two dental hygiene programs and two dental technology programs. Both the Associate of Science degree and the Bachelor of Science degree in each discipline are available.
PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IN DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY
PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS IN PHARMACY AND OPTOMETRY
The LSU System does not offer a degree program in pharmacy or optometry. Students are encouraged to contact pharmacy and optometry schools where they intend to apply for information about the appropriate course work.
PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IN NURSING
LSU offers a prenursing program that prepares students to enter the professional nursing curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in New Orleans.
Admission to the LSU School of Nursing is on a competitive basis. Applications for admission to the sophomore year must be submitted well in advance of the anticipated date of entrance to complete three years of study. Students are accepted in the fall and spring of each year. Students should consult with the prenursing adviser for assistance with the application process.
Prenursing requirements vary with each professional school of nursing, and entrance to each school is competitive. Prospective nursing students seeking admission to institutions other than the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Nursing should obtain the entrance requirements from these schools. Addresses of other Louisiana schools of nursing may be obtained from the nursing adviser in the Center for Advising and Counseling, 150 Himes Hall.
The following program is designed ONLY for students planning to apply for a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in New Orleans.
Students must qualify for Mathematics 1020/1021 to be eligible to schedule Chemistry 1201.
For approved arts electives, select courses in architecture, art, music, philosophy, and theatre listed in the general education section in this catalog.
Corequisite courses required prior to graduation that may be taken in Baton Rouge or at the LSU Health Sciences Center:
The following prenursing program prepares students to enter the professional nursing curriculum leading to the Associate Degree in Nursing at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in New Orleans. Prerequisite foundation courses are:
In addition to the above, students must complete 8 hrs. of anatomy and physiology prior to admission. See the prenursing adviser for approved courses. Corequisite courses required prior to graduation that may be taken in Baton Rouge or at LSUMC:
The LSU Evening School consists of three units: Evening School, LSU 25+ Program, and Intersession. Evening School offers students opportunities to obtain college degrees by attending courses at night and on the weekends. Students may work toward undergraduate degrees in computer science, English, general business administration, general studies, history, mathematics, political science, psychology (B.A. or B.S.), and sociology, the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree or certification in elementary and secondary education. Courses may be taken for degree credit or audited. These courses are offered on the LSU campus and at sites in East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes.
LSU 25+ (formerly known as PASS) is a special category of admissions for adult students. Adults who are at least 25 years of age and who have a high school diploma or GED certificate are eligible for admission to LSU through LSU 25+. Although students do not have to submit ACT and SAT scores, complete official transcripts of all prior college work are required. Official transcripts must be mailed directly to LSU from the sending institution. No student will be admitted to the program who is down more than 48 quality points. Students are subject to LSU's admissions deadlines and will be assessed a late fee if their applications are accepted after the deadline. The deadline for admission, the transcript requirement, and the minimum age will be waived for students who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university. Students with a bachelor's degree or higher will be assessed a late fee, however, if applying after the deadline.
Students admitted through LSU 25+ are eligible to schedule courses for college credit, provided they meet the prerequisites for the courses. Students may enroll in order to prepare for possible entry into LSU as a regularly admitted student, to upgrade job skills, or to take courses for personal enrichment.
LSU 25+ students may schedule a maximum of nine hours per semester and earn a maximum of 24 semester hours in the program. Students who earn 24 hours in LSU 25+ (excluding remedial courses) may apply for regular admission to the University. Students who seek regular admission to LSU after completing LSU 25+ will be evaluated on the admissions standards in place for transfer students at the time of their application for regular admission. Some senior colleges have admissions criteria exceeding those for general admission to the University. Prospective students should consult individual senior colleges for information on additional requirements for specific degree programs. LSU 25+ students who gain admission to the University as regularly admitted students are subject to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of their admission as regular students.
LSU 25+ is not designed for international students or students who plan to apply for veteran's benefits or financial aid. These students must be enrolled in degree programs.
Applications for LSU 25+ will be processed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The Evening School will provide counseling for all students in LSU 25+. For further information, contact LSU Evening School, 388 Pleasant Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 or call 225/388-5213; fax 225/388-5305.
Intersession offers a variety of courses during an intensive three-week period between the spring semester and summer school. Courses taught during Intersession are open to LSU 25+ students and to regularly admitted students in good standing. With special permission, students not in residence at LSU may also take courses during Intersession.
CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS
The Center for Academic Services (CAS), located in B31 Coates Hall, offers a wide variety of services to assist students in maximizing their learning potential. The CAS's programs are designed to meet the needs of all LSU students—freshmen through graduate levels.
Learning skills workshops and seminars on such topics as taking notes, managing time, memory, concentration, taking tests, and managing academic stress are also offered. Specialized workshops and presentations are conducted in various subject areas such as chemistry, mathematics, and biology. Free tutoring is available in selected math and science courses. An open-access computer lab is available for student use. The CAS also coordinates LSU's Program of Learning through Service (LSU-PLUS). This program facilitates community volunteer experiences for faculty who incorporate service learning into course content.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is offered by CAS in certain historically difficult
introductory courses—presently math, biology, and chemistry. SI is a series of weekly review sessions led by a competent student who has successfully completed the course.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM
Student Support Services is a federally supported program designed to provide academic services for students who meet program guidelines. The goal of the program is to increase student retention and graduation rates. To qualify, the student must have an academic need and (1) be a first-generation college student, (2) meet limited financial means criteria, or (3) have a disability. Students must have potential for success, but need additional services as they begin, continue, or resume their college education. The Student Support Services Program includes a study skills class, tutoring and peer counseling, academic advising, career information, cultural enrichment, and referrals to other agencies and resources to resolve problems related to academic success. Further information may be obtained from the Student Support Services Office, 150 Himes Hall.
RONALD E. McNAIR PROGRAM
The primary purpose of the Ronald E. McNair Program is to increase the graduate enrollment of students who are first generation, low income, disabled, and minorities— including women who are in majors in which women have been traditionally underrepresented.
This program is designed to provide juniors and seniors with information that will enhance their chances of entry into graduate school. Information is presented through seminars, faculty and staff mentoring, informal socials, research/scholarly activities, workshops, and a class designed to prepare students academically for graduate school. Scholarship information, academic and personal counseling, tutoring, and assistance is provided in securing admission to graduate study.