Every student in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering is required to meet with a faculty advisor at least once every semester before registering for the following semester. This individual will be a good source of information for questions about progress toward your degree, and about ChE in general.
Drop-in advising is held over a two-week block, beginning two weeks before registration opens for the following semester. On the day you come for advising, you will stop by the ChE office (3307 PFT Hall) and pick up your advising forms, then proceed to room 224 and wait to be advised. Once you are advised, leave your paperwork with the advisor. Your registration flag will be lifted prior to the date you are scheduled to register. Advising hours will be made available prior to the two-week drop-in advising window.
Beginning fall 2016, the Department of Chemical Engineering has changed its prerequisite policy significantly. The new prerequisite policy is as follows:
All students must earn a “C”* or better in CHE 2162, CHE 2171, CHE 2176, CHE 3101, CHE 3102, CHE 3104, CHE 3171, CHE 3172, and CHE 3173 before registering for any subsequent course that requires one or more of these as a prerequisite.
This is in addition to the basic math and sciences requirements of:
Chemical Engineering majors must earn a grade of “C”* or better in each of the basic math and sciences preparatory courses—BIOL 1201, CHEM 1201, CHEM 1202, MATH 1550, MATH 1552, MATH 2090, PHYS 2110, and PHYS 2113—before registering for any chemical engineering course other than CHE 1100, CHE 2160, and CHE 2171.
For example, if a student earns a grade of “D” in CHE 2171 in the fall of 2016, then that student will have to take CHE 2171 again in the spring of 2017 and earn a “C” or better before being able to enroll in CHE 2176, CHE 3101, or CHE 3172. Similarly, starting fall of 2016, students will have to earn a “C” or better in CHE 3102, CHE 3171, and CHE 3173 before being able to enroll in CHE 4151. If you have any questions about this new policy, please ask your advisor.
Any student that has earned a grade of “D” in any CHE prerequisite course prior to fall of 2016 will be allowed to progress to the next CHE course, so long as he or she is not on academic probation.
All students are required to maintain an overall 2.0 GPA at LSU and a 2.0 GPA in chemical engineering courses to qualify for graduation with a BS in Chemical Engineering (same as current College of Engineering policy).
* For all prerequisite requirements, a grade of “C-“ satisfies the required grade of “C” or better.
If your current major is not a good fit, it is understandable that you may want to change it. This page contains various resources to assist with the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm already a COE major, and want to change to a different COE major. What should I do?
First, see Student Services (located in the Audubon Sugar Institute building across the street from the ChE building,
directly next to the Public Safety building) to get a degree audit, flowchart, and
form to bring to the faculty advisor in your desired department. Once the faculty member advises you, bring the signed form back to Student
I'm not a COE major, but would like to change to a major in the COE. What should I do?
Students wishing to change colleges must do so after final grades for the current
semester are posted and before the last day to add courses in the next semester for
which they enroll. During this time period, see your counselor (in Student Services)
to discuss the degree audit and exit process. Once your counselor advises you, meet
with the faculty advisor in your desired department to discuss the change of major
and senior college application process. Depending on your GPA and courses taken, you
may need to meet additional requirements for your new senior college (this may extend
the time it will take you to complete your degree).
I'm a COE major, and would like to declare/drop a minor. Where do I go?
You should contact your counselor by email or see the Front Counter in Student Services.
The ChE transfer advisor is Prof. Kerry Dooley.
Resources for changing your major
Counselors and advisors
- Senior College advisors
- University Center for Freshman Year (UCFY): for students who have not been accepted into their senior college with less than 30 credit hours
- University Center for Advising & Counselor (UCAC): for Allied Health students and students who have not been accepted into their senior college with more than 30 credit hours
my.lsu.edu > Student Services > Degree Audit
Degree audit can tell you what courses you have completed and what courses still need to be completed within your declared major.
The General Catalog can tell you what courses are required for each major. In most cases, you will use the version of the catalog from the year you entered LSU. Consult with an advisor for questions.
Notes about Changing Your Major
- Changing your major could affect your eligibility for your residential college, major-specific scholarships, or Academic Common Market.
- Changing your major later in your college career may affect the length of time it will take you to complete your degree.
How to change your major
Prospective Student (Before Classes are Scheduled)
- Can change on myLSU (my.lsu.edu > Student Services > Application Status)
- Keep in mind that your intended major affects your small group during orientation (the earlier you change, the better)
- Consult with an advisor in UCFY or your senior college
- You may need to complete paperwork in person
- If you change your major early enough in the semester, you may be able to reschedule courses that apply to your new major. Your advisor may advise you to keep your current schedule or focus on General Education courses.
Upperclassman: Changing major within same senior college
- Consult with an advisor in your senior college
- You may need to complete paperwork in person
- Depending on your GPA and courses taken, you may need to meet additional requirements for your new major (some majors within same college have different requirements)
Upperclassman: Changing major to different senior college
- Meet with existing college first to discuss degree audit and exit process
- Meet with desired college next to discuss change of major and senior college application process
- Depending on your GPA and courses taken, you may need to meet additional requirements for your new senior college (this may extend the time it will take you to complete your degree)
The university has a check-out procedure designed to ensure that seniors meet their graduation requirements. You must complete the check-out process before you can register for the semester in which you anticipate graduation. The process consists of three steps:
In order to identify yourself as a degree candidate, use myLSU to set your anticipated date of graduation. You are encouraged to verify your anticipated date of graduation while registering for courses each semester. If, after registration, you realize that you will be eligible for graduation, you can identify yourself as a degree candidate through Student Services.
Prior to the semester in which you are scheduled to graduate, a degree audit is sent to your department to certify which graduation requirements have been met and which ones are remaining. Before registering, you must meet with the senior check-out advisor (Dr. Elizabeth Melvin). During this meeting you and Dr. Melvin will review and sign your degree audit, then you will complete an Application for Degree form. Your degree audit will be sent to the Office of Student Services for final review by a counselor. You will receive a confirmation email from a counselor with the subject line “Check-out Complete” or “Check-out Not Complete.” If check-out is complete, you may proceed with scheduling as usual. If check-out is not complete, your email will include further instructions.
The LSU College of Engineering now requires that all students complete a survey during their graduating semester. The EBI Survey is useful for short- and long-term planning by both the College of Engineering and LSU. The survey supports comparing our curricula with other engineering, computer science, and construction management programs across the country. Students are sent an email with a link to the survey and a deadline for its completion.
Get to know your classmates and the ChE students a year ahead of you. They know the ropes and can help answer your questions. Join the LSU student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), which is the major professional organization for chemical engineers. It will help you get to know fellow students and your profession. Register at career services and keep your resume updated so you are ready to interview for co-op and intern positions when the time comes.