Professional Programs

The following sections describe two professional programs, in library and information science and in social work, offered through the Graduate School, as well as the professional D.V.M. program offered through the School of Veterinary Medicine. Also described are two graduate programs--in environmental studies,

and in oceanography and coastal sciences--not housed in the academic colleges and whose graduate faculties, therefore, are not included among departmental faculty listings in the chapters devoted to the various colleges. A complete list of degree programs offered through the Graduate School is provided earlier in this chapter. For detailed descriptions of the various graduate programs, see the Graduate Bulletin.


DIRECTOR Portier, Professor

OFFICE 42 Atkinson Hall
TELEPHONE 225/578-8521
FAX 225/578-4286




PROFESSORS Overton, Portier, Pulsipher, Templet

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS Keithly, Pine, Reams, Wascom, Wilson


ADJUNCT FACULTY Carpenter, Iledare, Reith, Thomas

The Institute for Environmental Studies conducts teaching and research in environmental sciences, with participation by the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Basic Sciences, Business Administration, Design, and Education; the School of Veterinary Medicine; and the Center for Coastal, Energy, and Environmental Resources. An M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences is offered with two subdisciplines: environmental toxicology; and environmental planning and management.

The institute offers a variety of comprehensive undergraduate courses relating to the environment, although a bachelor's degree is not offered. Institute faculty serve as adjunct faculty in several departments that offer doctoral programs.

The two major areas of discipline at LSU are environmental toxicology and environmental planning and management. Environmental toxicology involves the fate and effects of toxic compounds in the environment on living organisms, including man; environmental planning and management involves the study of activities that control the acquisition, disruption, and disposal of natural resources in a manner that sustains human activities with minimal disruption of physical and ecological processes. Both disciplines embody a holistic approach using principles of the biological, chemical, physical, and social sciences.

The multidisciplinary program consists of thesis and nonthesis options. The thesis option requires a minimum of 24 semester hours of course work and six hours of thesis research. The nonthesis option, available only to students in the environmental planning and management discipline, requires 37 hours of course work and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

Research activities within the institute include environmental assessment and resource sustainability, water quality, bioremediation, environmental management, environmental toxicology, genetic toxicology, environmental regulations, policy development, hazardous waste management, development of mobile analytical instrumentation, and the environmental impact of toxic chemicals.


DEAN Paskoff, Associate Professor

OFFICE 267 Coates Hall
TELEPHONE 225/578-3158
FAX 225/578-4581

PROFESSORS Boyce, Perritt, Shiflett

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS Barry, Carpenter, Paskoff


ADJUNCT FACULTY Cargill, Kraft, Peck

The School of Library and Information Science provides education for careers in all types of libraries and information centers leading to the master's degree (M.L.I.S.) and the Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science (C.A.S.). The school's master's degree is accredited by the American Library Association, and the school is a member of the Association for Library and Information Science Education.

A broad general education is the best preparation for library and information science. Undergraduates are advised to develop strong subject emphases in the areas of their special interests and abilities, since every field of knowledge is useful in the information professions. The School of Library and Information Science does not require a foreign language for admission; however, course work in one or more foreign languages is advisable for those who expect to prepare for careers in research or technical libraries. Students who expect to become librarians in elementary or secondary schools should plan their undergraduate programs with state teacher certification requirements in mind.

Students working toward the master's degree or the Certificate of Advanced Study are enrolled in the Graduate School; therefore, applicants must meet the general Graduate School requirements in addition to School of Library and Information Science requirements. Application forms may be obtained from the office of the dean or from the Office of

Graduate Admissions. Admission will be based on the candidate's scholastic record and aptitude for a career in the information professions.

Requirements for the Master of Library and Information Science degree are as follows:

satisfactory completion of a minimum of 40 semester hours (see the Graduate School Regulations for rules on transfer credit);

successful performance on a written comprehensive final examination;

completion of the degree program in five years. Credit for individual courses taken more than five years before the completion of the program may be validated with permission of the instructor of the course and the dean, and with approval of the dean of the Graduate School. Requirements for so doing are set by the instructor.

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science is a degree program tailored to the needs of professional librarians who desire formal education to achieve their career goals. Specializations in library automation, academic library administration, youth services, adult literacy, and collection development will provide in-depth opportunities to individuals already holding the accredited master's degree in library and information science. A minimum of 24 hours of graduate credit is required.


CHAIR Wilson, Professor

OFFICE 153 Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex
TELEPHONE 225/578-6308
FAX 225/578-6307






PROFESSORS EMERITI Gosselink, Meyers, Murray

PROFESSORS Baltz, Coleman, Day, Gambrell, Hsu, Huh, LaRock, Lindau, Mendelssohn, Patrick, Roberts, Shaw, Turner, Van Lopik, Wilson, Wiseman

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS Carney, Condrey, Fry, Inoue, Justic, Rose, Rouse, Stone

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS Benfield, Bentley, Cable, Faulkner

ADJUNCT FACULTY Bouma, Carman, Chapman, Dagg, Dortch, Finelli, Fleeger, Geaghan, B. McKee, K. McKee, Portier, Powell, Chesney, Rabalais, Reams, Reed, Reyes, Sammarco, Sasser, Walker

The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees and supports the expansion of marine-related instruction in other academic departments. Research and instruction in the department is focused on fundamental understanding and practical application of knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological, geological, and meteorological processes that affect those environments usually identified as marine, coastal, or estuarine. The extensive marshes and estuaries of Louisiana (forty percent of the coastal wetlands in the United States) and the adjacent continental shelf, impacted by natural and anthropogenic activity, serve as a vast natural laboratory for much of the field research conducted by faculty and graduate students. Research activity is carried out not only in Louisiana but also at such regional, national, and international sites as Florida Bay, the Everglades, the Orinoco River delta, and estuaries and coastal waters of Mexico, Denmark, France, and China.

Admission to the program in oceanography and coastal sciences requires admission to the Graduate School and a bachelor's or graduate degree in science or engineering from an accredited institution. Because of the nature of the fields of oceanography and coastal sciences, successful applicants to the program

must first be accepted by a faculty member of their department who will serve as the major adviser. Students interested in the department's program are, therefore, encouraged to contact faculty members who work in the student's field of interest. A description of all courses offered by the department is included in this catalog.


DEAN Millar, Professor

OFFICE 311 Long Field House
TELEPHONE 225/578-5875
FAX 225/578-1357


PROFESSORS EMERITI Alexander, Dawson, Fatout, Grenier, Kim, Parker, Perkins

PROFESSORS Archambeault, Daste, Millar, Mohan, Rose


ASSISTANT PROFESSORS Chaisson, Dyeson, Gansle, Lemieux, Ramsdell, Schroeder


The School of Social Work, a professional school within the Graduate School, provides two years of social work education leading to the degree of Master of Social Work. It also provides the Ph.D. in Social Work and, in addition, offers an undergraduate minor in corrections as well as other undergraduate courses in social work in cooperation with other colleges of the University.

Undergraduate Minor in Corrections The minor in corrections provides undergraduate students an opportunity to acquire substantive academic emphasis in applied correctional policy and practice. Students minoring in corrections must complete a total of eighteen hours. All students must complete 12 hours in SW 3007, 4003, 4022, 4080. The remaining six hours may be taken from SW 2000, 3003, 4020, 4080, 4090, 4099.

The school is a charter member of the Council on Social Work Education and is accredited by its Commission on Accreditation at the master's level. Graduates of the M.S.W. program are eligible for membership in the National Association of Social Workers.

Master of Social Work The program's objectives are to provide advanced educational and professional training in social work that will prepare students for responsible and creative careers; to promote scholarly inquiry into social problems, policies, and programs that will enhance the welfare of the people; and to support social services in the community through faculty participation in professional and community organizations and through research and educational programs.

Ph.D. in Social Work The program's objective is to provide an advanced interdisciplinary degree that will equip graduates for

important roles in policy analysis and development, research, teaching, and the development of new intervention technologies.

Admission to the M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs is granted by the school's faculty on the basis of the applicant's undergraduate record and personal qualifications. Admission requirements and procedures are described in the School of Social Work Bulletin and the Graduate Bulletin. Students enrolled in other divisions of the University who have appropriate standing may register for social work courses numbered below 5000 for which they have the specific prerequisites. Graduate students in other departments who have the necessary prerequisites may register for social work courses with the permission of the instructor and the associate dean of the school. They may not register for social work practice or field internship courses.

Students who receive a baccalaureate degree in social work in a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may be eligible for admission into the advanced instruction phase of the M.S.W. program. Such students are normally exempt from taking the foundation courses, with the exception of SW 7010, Differential Diagnosis . This course must be taken in the summer session prior to the student's fall start date. They may, however, be required to take additional field internship courses or other course work as deemed necessary.

Minimum requirements for the M.S.W. degree are:

60 semester hours of credit following the prescribed sequence of course work;

an overall grade-point average of 3.00 and no grade lower than a "C" in any course applied toward the degree; and

satisfactory completion of a thesis or one of the nonthesis options. The M.S.W. degree must be completed within four years of initial registration.

Minimum requirements for the Ph.D. degree are:

39 semester hours of course work; and

9 hours of dissertation.


DEAN Groves, Professor

OFFICE 1102 Veterinary Medicine Building
TELEPHONE 225/578-9903
FAX 225/578-9916




Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences

(Formerly the Departments of Veterinary Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Veterinary Physiology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology)

INTERIM HEAD Wise, Professor

OFFICE 2506 Veterinary Medicine Building
TELEPHONE 225/578-9889
FAX 225/578-9895

PROFESSORS EMERITI Ingraham, Morrissette, Titkemeyer

PROFESSORS Barker, Crawford, Henk, Hillmann, Jenkins, J. Martin, Penn, Short, Strain, Venugopal, Wise

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS Al-Bagdadi, Catallo, Duffield, Kappel, Kleinow, A. Lee, Melrose, Nicholson

INSTRUCTOR Littlefield-Chabaud

ADJUNCT FACULTY Clark, Dresser, Eilts, Godke, Moore, Pryor, Senior, Ter Haar, Wilson

Department of Pathobiological Sciences

(Formerly the Departments of Epidemiology and Community Health, Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology, and Veterinary Pathology)

INTERIM HEAD Thune, Professor

OFFICE 3313 Veterinary Medicine Building
TELEPHONE 225/578-9684
FAX 225/578-9701




PROFESSORS EMERITI Amborski, Besch, Bivin, Hagstad, Stewart

PROFESSORS Cho, Cooper, Corstvet, Cox, Gaunt, Groves, Hidalgo, Horohov, Hugh-Jones, Huxsoll, Johnson, Klei, Kousoulas, Malone, Miller, Rhoades, Shane, Snider, Storz, Taylor, Thune, Todd

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS Baker, Elzer, Godeny, Hodgin, Oliver, O'Reilly, Scholl

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS Bauer, Evans, Hawke, Thompson

INSTRUCTORS Baghian, Camus, Dietrich, Harrington, Kearney, LeBlanc, Roberts, Roy, Stout, Truax

ADJUNCT FACULTY Adams, Arambulo, Baskin, Blanchard, Bostick, Colitz, Davis, E. Didier, P. Didier, Dunlap, Foil, Gillis, Goad, Hawkins, Holmes, Jackson, Krahenbuhl, Maguire, McFarland, Moore, Nickerson, Ohlendorf, Scollard, Senior, Shannon, Truman, D. Williams, Wilson

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

HEAD Senior, Professor

OFFICE 1823 Veterinary Medicine Building
TELEPHONE 225/578-9551
FAX 225/578-9559

PROFESSORS EMERITI Beadle, Carter, Hoskins, Lingard, McClure

PROFESSORS Blackmer, Eilts, Foil, Glaze, Haynes, Hedlund, Hosgood, Martin, McCurnin, Merchant, Neer, Paccamonti, Pechman, Senior, Taboada

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS Burba, Davidson, Eades, Gill, Holmes, Hoyt, Kerwin, Moore, Olcott, B. Partington, Tully, J. F. Williams

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS Angel, Colitz, Dunning-Marks, Grooters, Latimer, Marks, G. Mauldin, N. Mauldin, McConnico, Pettifer, Smith, Strickland

INSTRUCTORS Hubert, Mitchell, Tetens

ADJUNCT FACULTY Aguilar, Augustus, Buzhardt, French, Hill, S. Johnson, Lea, Mikota, Miller, C. Partington, Pirie, Rowell, Stevens, Wolfsheimer

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine admitted its first students to the professional curriculum during the 1973-74 academic year. The original entering class consisted of 36 students, all residents of Louisiana. Class size has increased significantly in recent years.

The school participates in the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) program for education in veterinary medicine. Training contracts negotiated through SREB provide a limited number of entering spaces for qualified candidates from Arkansas and Puerto Rico. A limited number of entering spaces is also allocated for highly qualified nonresident applicants under the school's special admission policy.

The school received full accreditation from the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association in April 1977, which was reaffirmed in 1991.

The School of Veterinary Medicine offers the professional degree, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Interdepartmental Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in veterinary medical sciences are offered through the Graduate School.


Admission Requirements

Students contemplating a career in veterinary medicine should acquire a sound foundation in the biological and physical sciences and a general knowledge of the arts and humanities in both high school and college. In addition, they should be motivated by a liking for animals, a sincere desire to serve the public, a propensity for the biological and medical sciences, and a deep interest in promotion of the health of animal and human populations. They must have a high aptitude for scientific study and must possess an excellent moral and ethical character.

Candidates for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree must complete a minimum of six years of college education. This includes two or more years of preveterinary training and four years of professional training. The preveterinary requirements may be completed at LSU or any other accredited college or university offering courses of the quality and content of those prescribed in the LSU General Catalog. (See the section of this catalog titled "College of Agriculture" for the preveterinary medicine curriculum at LSU.)

The minimum requirement of 66 semester hours, including 20 hours of elective courses, may be completed in two years. Successful completion of a preveterinary program does not ensure admission to the school for professional training. Currently, there are more qualified applicants each year than there are spaces available in the entering class. Instruction in the four-year program is available only through the School of Veterinary Medicine at LSU.

Scholastic achievement is measured by performance in the prescribed preprofessional courses. A minimum grade-point average of 2.50 ("A" = 4) in these courses is required for consideration for admission. A grade of less than "C" in a required course is unacceptable. Physical education activity courses may not be used as electives for meeting minimum preprofessional requirements. Credit earned through advanced standing is acceptable, but is not used in the computation of grade-point averages. Evaluation of each applicant's record in the preprofessional program is made in accordance with LSU procedures.

Credit is not granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Examinations. Granting of credit for CLEP subject examinations may be considered in those subjects recommended by various departments of the University upon receipt of test scores indicating the student meets the minimum acceptable scores required by those departments.

Admission Procedures

Admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine is granted only for the fall semester of each school year and only on a full-time basis. A prescribed number of student spaces is planned for each class, and a formal application with supporting credentials is required of each applicant.

The Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing is responsible for determining the application procedure and for selecting the entering class in the professional curriculum. All preprofessional requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester before fall matriculation in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Formal applications must be submitted no later than October 1 of the calendar year previous to the year in which admission is sought. Students reapplying must submit a new application for each application period. Students admitted and enrolled in the school must be capable of meeting satisfactorily all requirements of the curriculum in veterinary medicine. Eligible candidates are interviewed by members of the Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing and are carefully selected to ensure that they are properly motivated, competent to undertake the rigorous course of professional study, and capable of meeting the demands of a professional career.

Academic and nonacademic qualifications are considered in the selection process. Selection for admission is based on the sum of two scores: an objective score that comprises 70 percent of the final calculation and a subjective score that comprises the remainder.

The objective evaluation is based on scholastic achievement and standardized test scores. Official transcripts of college course grades are examined to determine scholastic achievement.

The total objective score is derived from the grade-point average (gpa) on required courses, the grade-point average on the most recent 45-60 semester hours of course work, and the results of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

New knowledge, especially in the sciences, is accruing at a rapid rate and records of students who have completed their preprofessional requirements several years prior to application will be carefully scrutinized. All required science courses should be completed within six calendar years immediately prior to application. At least one course in organic chemistry, biology, and physics must be completed within the last six years.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are given only on specific dates throughout the year. In order for the results to reach the committee before the end of the application period, candidates must apply for the test in the spring or summer of the year preceding their application.

The subjective evaluation of applicants is based on nonacademic qualifications considered to be relevant to the determination of the applicant's prospective performance in the veterinary medical curriculum and in the practice of veterinary medicine. Motivation, maturity, attitude, interest, and other characteristics will be evaluated for all qualified candidates along with work experience, familiarity with animals, and reference information submitted in support of the application. These qualities are evaluated by two separate committees.

The first committee reviews the supporting documents (an autobiography, letters of recommendation, transcripts, work experience, and familiarity with animals). The second committee evaluates the individual through a personal interview. These appraisals result in an average subjective score that is added to the objective score to produce the total numerical evaluation of the candidate. Through this process, the professional judgement of several faculty members is included in arriving at a final decision.

Minimum Prerequisites for Admission (66 sem. hrs.)

A minimum of 66 semester hours is required for admission to the professional program. This must include the 46 semester credit hours (minimum mandatory level requirements) listed below. Information regarding equivalency of courses or substitution of higher-level courses is available from the admission office in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Biological Science, 12 sem. hrs. Must include at least 8 sem. hrs. (two-semester course sequence with laboratory) in introductory zoology or general biology at a level appropriate for premedical students. Must also include at least 4 sem. hrs. (one-semester course with laboratory) in microbiology. LSU courses--BIOL 1201, 1208, 1502, 1509, and 2051.

Inorganic Chemistry, 8 sem. hrs. Must include laboratory and must be at a level for science or engineering majors. LSU courses-- CHEM 1201, 1202, 1212.

Organic Chemistry, 3 sem. hrs. Must cover aliphatic and aromatic compounds with an emphasis on the biological aspects of organic chemistry. LSU course--CHEM 2060. Biochemistry, 3 sem. hrs. Must include 3 sem. hrs. of basic concepts and an introduction to the nature and physiological uses of natural substances. LSU course--BIOL 2083. Mathematics, 5 sem. hrs. Must be at the college algebra/trigonometry level or higher. LSU courses--MATH 1020/1021, 1022. Students who qualify for more advanced math may substitute MATH 1023 (5 sem. hrs.) for 1020/1021 and 1022.

Physics, 6 sem. hrs. Must be at a level for science majors and must include mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and topics in modern physics. LSU courses--PHYS 2001, 2002.

Communication Skills, 9 sem. hrs. Must include 6 sem. hrs. of English composition and 3 sem. hrs. of speech communication. LSU courses--ENGL 1001, 1002 and SPCM 2010 or 2060.

In selecting the remaining required courses for admission to the professional program, applicants should consider the following:

The objective of the D.V.M. program is to offer a well-rounded curriculum in veterinary medical education enabling the graduate to select from a wide range of professional opportunities. The selection of elective courses in the preprofessional curriculum should reflect the interests and objectives of the candidate. Potential applicants should plan their programs with the recognition that these elective courses provide the only formal opportunity in the college years to obtain a broad general education.

Applicants who have completed advanced preparatory courses in high school are, in all probability, qualified to complete the prerequisites in four semesters. These students are encouraged to take higher level university courses when so permitted. Applicants who are inadequately prepared may find it advantageous to complete the preveterinary requirements over a longer period.

Although the primary objective of the applicant may be to complete the preveterinary requirements, those who have not previously obtained a baccalaureate degree are encouraged to plan for alternative career possibilities through a degree-granting program that has similar course requirements. Several LSU curricula include all of the minimum mandatory requirements. Many other curricula that do not specify all of the requirements allow them as electives.

Because not all applicants will gain admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine on the first attempt, they should continue in degree programs while making themselves more competitive in subsequent

years. Some students may elect to complete a baccalaureate degree in order to pursue graduate training during the first and second summers of the professional program.

Since applicants must take the MCAT or GRE in the fall preceding application or earlier, those students following a four-semester program must complete this test only four weeks after beginning the sophomore year. Appropriate preparation and the selection of a curriculum that contributes to an acceptable score are strongly suggested.

Students who are enrolled at accredited institutions other than LSU must determine that courses taken conform in content and quality to

descriptions contained in the latest issue of the LSU General Catalog, which can be obtained upon request from the LSU Office of the University Registrar ($3 per copy).

All requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the year in which admission is sought. The MCAT or GRE score must be received by December 15 preceding the year in which admission is sought. Applicants who do not meet this deadline will not be granted an interview or considered for acceptance.

Information concerning LSU's preveterinary medicine program is contained in this LSU General Catalog or may be obtained from the dean of the College of Agriculture.


The consolidated program in veterinary medical sciences provides graduate academic training in veterinary medicine. It includes intensive research training in various specializations. Most students engaged in advanced studies in veterinary medicine will have received the D.V.M. degree and elected to pursue intensive postdoctoral training in one or more of the disciplinary or specialty areas of veterinary medicine.