Undergraduate Degree Requirements • Regulations

LSU has the responsibility to protect its educational mission and the health and safety of its community and of the property therein, through regulating the use of University facilities and setting standards of scholarship and conduct for its students.

Because of its educational mission, the University also has the responsibility to carry out its disciplinary authority in a manner that contributes to the development and education of the student.

The disciplinary authority of LSU is derived from the provisions of the Louisiana Revised Statutes. These statutes established the Board of Supervisors and gave it the power to adopt rules and regulations necessary for the government of the University consistent with its mission and to adopt rules and regulations governing student conduct.



Each student is responsible for completing all requirements established for his or her degree by the University, college, and department. It is the student's responsibility to learn these requirements; a student's adviser or counselor may not assume that responsibility.

Any substitution, waiver, or exemption from any established departmental or college requirement or academic standard may be accomplished only with the approval of the student's dean. Exceptions to University requirements, including the general education requirements, will be authorized only with the approval of the student's dean and the Office of Academic Affairs.


The catalog that determines the curricular requirements for an undergraduate degree is the catalog that is in effect at the time of the student’s entry. This catalog may be used for a maximum of 10 years provided enrollment is not interrupted for two consecutive semesters. Students whose enrollment is interrupted for two or more consecutive regular semesters may choose no catalog earlier than the one in force at the time of re-entry. Continuing students may elect a subsequent catalog when a new major is selected or when a catalog reflects a revised curriculum. Transfer students may use the catalog in effect at the time of their first entry into an accredited higher education institution, provided that the transfer to LSU is made within five years of the first entry.

The University will make a reasonable effort to honor the statement of curricular requirements in the chosen issue of the catalog. However, because courses and programs are sometimes discontinued and requirements are changed as a result of actions by accrediting associations and other external agencies, the University, having sole discretion, shall make the final determination whether or not degree requirements are met.

Note: Admission to LSU does not guarantee admission to a student’s program of choice; many programs have highly selective admission criteria. Students follow the senior college program admission requirements in their catalog of entry into LSU. However, students transferring from another institution to LSU or from one major to another within the University must meet the program admission requirements in the catalog in effect at the time of transfer. Students are encouraged to obtain the most up-to-date and accurate information about requirements and changes.


A minor is that part of a degree program consisting of a specified group of courses in a particular discipline or field. Establishment of a minor does not require prior approval of the Board of Regents. The minor usually consists of 15 percent or more of the total hours required in an undergraduate curriculum. Minors, available to students on an optional basis, are established by departmental, school, or college faculties. Once a minor has been established, any LSU student may pursue that minor, subject to the following rules and procedures:


An area of concentration is an alternative track of courses within a major, accounting for at least 30 percent of the major requirements. Establishment of an area of concentration does not require prior approval by the Board of Regents. Areas of concentration are available within most undergraduate curricula. For additional information, see the curricula listed in the appropriate college chapter.

With the Dean’s permission, students may earn multiple areas of concentration within a major. To do so, they must declare a primary area of concentration and fulfill all requirements for each area of concentration. Each declared area of concentration must include a minimum of six hours of course work that is unduplicated in any other area of concentration.


Procedural Requirements for Obtaining a Diploma

Requirements for a Second Baccalaureate Degree

Graduates who wish to obtain a second baccalaureate degree from this University must meet all academic and residence requirements set by the college(s) concerned and must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the work counted to meet the degree requirements of the first degree. Students may not earn more than one bachelor’s degree with the same major field of study.

Earning Two Degrees, or One Degree with Two Majors

With the dean’s approval, a student may enroll in two bachelor’s degree programs concurrently, and thereby either earn two degrees, or earn one degree with two majors listed on the transcript, provided all requirements are completed as of the same commencement.

A student may earn one degree, with two majors listed on the transcript, by completing the residence and academic requirements for each major and the degree program to which it belongs. The student may earn two degrees by, in addition, earning 30 hours more than required for the degree that requires the fewer number of hours.

If the two programs are in different colleges, then the student must be accepted for admission to both colleges and must adhere to the regulations of both colleges. The student must declare a home college, where registration will be initiated and permanent files maintained, and must maintain contact with the second college to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made toward the requirements of its degree program.


Chancellor’s Honor Roll

The Chancellor’s Honor Roll is prepared each semester. Undergraduate students completing at least 15 college-level hours at LSU in the semester, with a semester gpa of 4.00 and no “I” grades for the semester, are included on the roll. Independent (correspondence) courses will not be used to determine eligibility under the 15-hour requirement.

Dean's List

The Dean’s List is compiled each semester. Undergraduate students completing at least 15 college-level hours at LSU in the semester, with a semester average of at least 3.50, but less than a 4.00, and no “I” grades for the semester, are included in the list. Independent study (correspondence) courses will not be used to determine eligibility under the 15-hour requirement.

University Honors

The baccalaureate degree is awarded summa cum laude to any student whose LSU (all System campuses) gpa is at least 3.90, magna cum laude if the gpa is at least 3.80, and cum laude if the gpa is at least 3.70.

Students awarded the baccalaureate degree with honors must also have satisfied all additional requirements imposed by their colleges, schools, or departments. Two gpas will be computed for each student:

  1. on all work completed and
  2. on all work completed at LSU (all System campuses).

The lower of the averages will be used to determine eligibility for honors.

Students in combined undergraduate, graduate, and professional curricula (medical, veterinary medicine, law, allied health) who earn more than 50 percent of their credits in an undergraduate college at LSU (all System campuses) with a gpa greater than or equal to 3.70 are eligible to receive their degrees with honors. To determine honors, the student's average at LSU (all System campuses) is weighted with the average furnished by the professional school.

University Medal

At each commencement, the University medal for “Highest Academic Achievement” is awarded to the undergraduate student (or students) graduating with the highest gpa, provided that more than 50 percent of the credits required for the degree has been earned at LSU-BR. Grade point averages will be computed for

  1. all work completed and
  2. all work completed at LSU-BR, with the lower of the two averages determining eligibility for the medal.


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