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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 by stars (*) placed before the course numbers.
  • Class minima are specified in PS-37, Minimum Class Size:
  « Below 4000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
  « Between 4000-4999. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
  « 5000 and above . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
  • No credit is given for a course unless the student has been duly registered in that course.
  • The amount of credit given for the satisfactory completion of a course is based on the number of lectures each week for one semester:
  « one credit represents at least one hour of lecture a week for one semester;
  « two hours of laboratory (in some cases, three) are the equivalent of one hour of lecture.
  • 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 departments indicate in the course description the semester in which a course is usually offered. (See Key to Course Information below.) If no information is given, students should contact the department to determine when the course is to 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.

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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 “Undergraduate Degree Requirements and Regulations” section of this catalog for an explanation of the criteria for classification as a freshman, sophomore, etc.

0001-0999 • Offered by the University to strengthen students’ facility in certain basic skills; not for degree credit.

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.

5000-5999 • For students in postbaccalaureate 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.

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Accounting ACCT Accounting
Aerospace Studies ASST Aerospace Studies
African & African American Studies AAAS Humanities & Social Sciences (College of)
Agricultural Economics AGEC Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
Agriculture AGRI Agriculture (College of)
Agronomy AGRO Agronomy
Animal Science ANSC Animal Science (School of)
Anthropology ANTH Geography & Anthropology
Arabic ARAB Foreign Languages & Literatures
Architecture ARCH Architecture (School of)
Art ART Art (School of)
Art History ARTH Art (School of)
Astronomy ASTR Physics & Astronomy
Basic Sciences BASC Science (College of)
Biological Engineering BE Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Biological Sciences BIOL Biological Sciences
Business Administration BADM Business Administration (E. J. Ourso College of)
Business Law BLAW Finance
Chemical Engineering CHE Chemical Engineering
Chemistry CHEM Chemistry
Chinese CHIN Foreign Languages & Literatures
Civil Engineering CE Civil & Environmental Engineering
Classical Studies CLST Foreign Languages & Literatures
Communication Disorders COMD Communication Sciences & Disorders
Communication Studies CMST Communication Studies
Comparative Biomedical Sciences CBS Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Comparative Literature CPLT Comparative Literature (Interdepartmental Program in)
Computer Science CSC Computer Science
Construction Management CM Construction Management & Industrial Engineering
Curriculum & Instruction EDCI Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice
Disaster Science and Management DSM Arts & Sciences (College of)
Economics ECON Economics
Education EDUC College of Education
Educational Leadership, Research, & Counseling ELRC Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice
Electrical Engineering EE Electrical & Computer Engineering
Engineering ENGR Engineering (College of)
English ENGL English
Entomology ENTM Entomology
Environmental Engineering EVEG Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Management Systems EMS Agronomy
Environmental Sciences ENVS Environmental Sciences
Experimental Statistics EXST Experimental Statistics
Film & Media Arts FMA Humanities & Social Sciences (College of)
Finance FIN Finance
Food Science FDSC Food Science
French FREN French Studies
General Business GBUS E. J. Ourso College of Business
Geography GEOG Geography & Anthropology
Geology GEOL Geology & Geophysics
German GERM Foreign Languages & Literatures
Greek GREK Foreign Languages & Literatures
Hebrew HEBR Foreign Languages & Literatures
History HIST History
Honors HNRS Honors College
Horticulture HORT Horticulture
Human Ecology HUEC Human Ecology (School of)
Human Resource Education HRE School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development
Industrial Engineering IE Construction Management & Industrial Engineering
Information Systems & Decision Sciences ISDS Information Systems & Decision Sciences
Interior Design ID Interior Design
International Studies INTL Humanities & Social Sciences (College of)
Italian ITAL Foreign Languages & Literatures
Japanese JAPN Foreign Languages & Literatures
Kinesiology KIN Kinesiology
Landscape Architecture LA Landscape Architecture (School of)
Latin LATN Foreign Languages & Literatures
Liberal Arts LIBA Humanities & Social Sciences (College of)
Library & Information Science LIS Library & Information Science (School of)
Life Course and Aging LCA Humanities & Social Sciences (College of)
Linguistics LING Linguistics (Interdepartmental Program in)
Management MGT Management (Rucks Department of)
Marketing MKT Marketing
Mass Communication MC Mass Communication (Manship School of)
Mathematics MATH Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering ME Mechanical Engineering
Medical Physics MEDP Physics & Astronomy
Military Science MILS Military Science
Music MUS Music (School of)
Music Education MUED Music (School of)
Nuclear Science NS Physics & Astronomy
Oceanography & Coastal Sciences OCS Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
Pathobiological Sciences PBS Pathobiological Sciences
Petroleum Engineering PETE Petroleum Engineering
Philosophy PHIL Philosophy & Religious Studies
Physical Science PHSC Physics & Astronomy
Physics PHYS Physics & Astronomy
Plant Health PLHL Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
Political Science POLI Political Science
Portuguese PORT Foreign Languages & Literatures
Psychology PSYC Psychology
Public Administration PADM Public Administration (Institute)
Religious Studies REL Philosophy & Religious Studies
Renewable Natural Resources RNR School of Renewable Natural Resources
Russian RUSS Foreign Languages & Literatures
Social Work SW Social Work (School of)
Sociology SOCL Sociology
Spanish SPAN Foreign Languages & Literatures
Swahili SWAH Foreign Languages & Literatures
Systems Science SYSC Computer Science
Theatre THTR Theatre
University UNIV Academic Affairs (Office of)
University College UC University College
University Studies UNST Humanities & Social Sciences (College of)
Veterinary Clinical Sciences VCS Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Veterinary Medicine VMED Veterinary Medicine (School of)
Veterinary Science VETS Veterinary Science
Women's and Gender Studies WGS Humanities & Social Sciences (College of)

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* General education course
ACCT Course rubric
F Course offered in fall
S Course offered in spring
Su Course offered in summer
E Course offered in even-numbered years (calendar years)
Y Course offered yearly
O Course offered in odd-numbered years (calendar years)
V Course offered irregularly
F,S,Su Course offered in fall, spring, and summer



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