CATS Requirements

The Comprehensive Academic Tracking System (CATS) is designed to assist students in achieving academic success at LSU, and to assess student progress toward degree completion.  Students can review the recommended paths and critical requirements on-line in the LSU General Catalog, by their respective degree programs and catalog year.

Catalog requirements for academic years 2016-2017 and earlier

BE, CE, EVEG, EE, EEC, IE, ME CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH1021
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1022 or 1023
3rd Semester:                      CHEM 1201
4th Semester:                      MATH 1550 (C)
5th Semester:                      PHYS 2110 (C)

CHE CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1021
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1022 or 1023
3rd Semester:                      CHEM 1201 (C)
4th Semester:                      MATH 1550 (C)
5th Semester:                      PHYS 2110 (C)

CM CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1021
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1022 or 1023
3rd Semester:                      Any GEN. ED. ARTS, HUMANITIES, SOCIAL SCIENCE or LIFE SCIENCE course
4th Semester:                      MATH 1550 (C)
5th Semester:                      PHYS 2001 (C)

PETE CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1021
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1022 or 1023
3rd Semester:                      GEOL 1001
4th Semester:                      MATH 1550 (C)
5th Semester:                      PHYS 2110 (C)

CSC CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                     MATH 1021
2nd Semester:                    MATH 1022
3rd Semester:                     ENGL 1001 (C)                                              
4th Semester:                     MATH 1550 (C)
5th Semester:                     BIOL 1001 (C)

          Note: (C) means a grade of “C”, in the “C” range (C+, C, C-) or better is required.

Catalog requirements for the academic year 2017-2018

BE CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1022 or 1023
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1550 (C)
3rd Semester:                      PHYS 2110 (C)
4th Semester:                      CE 2450 (C)
5th Semester:                      BE 2350

CHE CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1022 or 1023
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1550 (C), CHEM 1201 (C)
3rd Semester:                      PHYS 2110 (C)
4th Semester:                      2.0 MAJOR GPA
5th Semester:                      2.0 MAJOR GPA

CE and EVEG CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1022 or 1023
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1550 (C)
3rd Semester:                      CHEM 1201 (C)
4th Semester:                      MATH 1552 (C)
5th Semester:                      PHYS 2110 (C)

CM CATS REQUIREMENTS (Grade of C in each course):
1st Semester:                      MATH 1550
2nd Semester:                     CM 1011, CM 1112
3rd Semester:                      PHYS 2001, CM 2112
4th Semester:                      CM, 2113, CM 2116, CM 2501, PHYS 2002
5th Semester:                      CM 3111, CM 3502

EE  CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1022 or 1023
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1550 (C)
3rd Semester:                      MATH 1552 (C)
4th Semester:                      EE 2120 (C)
5th Semester:                      EE 2130 (C)

EEC CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1022 or 1023
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1550 (C)
3rd Semester:                      MATH 1552 (C), EE 2740 (C)
4th Semester:                      EE 2120 (C)
5th Semester:                      EE 2130 (C)

CSC CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1021
2nd Semester:                     ENGL 1001 (C)
3rd Semester:                      MATH 1550 (C)
4th Semester:                      CSC 2259 (C)
5th Semester:                      MATH 2090

IE CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1022 or 1023
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1550 (C)
3rd Semester:                      MATH 1552 (C), CHEM 1201, PHYS 2110 (C)
4th Semester:                      MATH 2090 (C), PHYS 2110 (C)
5th Semester:                      IE 3302 (C)

ME CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1022 or 1023
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1550 (C)
3rd Semester:                      CHEM 1201
4th Semester:                      PHYS 2110 (C)
5th Semester:                      ME 2334

PETE CATS REQUIREMENTS:
1st Semester:                      MATH 1022 or 1023
2nd Semester:                     MATH 1550 (C), GEOL 1001
3rd Semester:                      PHYS 2110 (C)
4th Semester:                      PETE 2031 (C), CE 2450 (C)
5th Semester:                      CE 2200

 

Important Components of CATS:

  • Students must meet certain minimum requirements, or "critical tracking criteria", within the recommended paths, to demonstrate minimal progress toward degree completion.
    • Critical tracking criteria may include critical courses, minimum GPA requirements, or both.
    • Critical courses appear in bold on the recommended paths.
  • Students are tracked only during fall and spring semesters, for the first 5 semesters.  Summer terms and intersessions may be used to "catch up" and get back on track.

Minimal Tracking Assessments:

  • Students are not making minimal progress if they fail to meet one or more critical tracking criteria.  The University notifies students via their myLSU email accounts, if they fail to make minimal progress.  Students are advised to see a counselor in their college to resolve any issues.

Please contact a counselor in the College of Engineering, Office of Student Services (225-578-5731), with any questions or concerns.