The University

The University Louisiana State University and A&M College is the state's comprehensive research university. It shall continue to perform the functions assigned to it by the Morrill Act of 1862 and the Sea Grant Program Act of 1966.

Louisiana State University offers challenging undergraduate, graduate, and professional educational programs for outstanding students from Louisiana, the nation, and other countries. Its nationally and internationally recognized efforts in a broad range of research fields create new knowledge and promote economic development. LSU's libraries and museums preserve the rich cultural heritage of the state, and scholars and artists at the University contribute to the literature, history, science, technology, and arts of our culturally diverse community.

As the premier university of the state, the mission of Louisiana State University and A&M College is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts for the benefit of the people of the state, the nation, and the global community.


Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College originated in grants of land made by the U. S. government beginning in 1806. In 1853 the Louisiana General Assembly established the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy near Pineville, Louisiana. The institution opened January 2, 1860, with Col. William Tecumseh Sherman as Superintendent. Because of the Civil War, the school closed June 30, 1861 and reopened on April 1, 1862, with Col. William Linfield as Acting Superintendent. He was succeeded in 1863 by Professor William A. Seay. Because of the invasion of the Red River Valley by the Federal Army, the institution was closed again on April 23, 1863.

The Seminary reopened October 2, 1865, with Col. David F. Boyd as Superintendent. After having burned on October 15, 1869, the college reopened on November 1, 1869 in Baton Rouge, where it has remained. In 1870, the name of the institution was changed to Louisiana State University.

The Louisiana State Agricultural and Mechanical College, established by an Act of the Legislature in 1874, opened in New Orleans on June 1, 1874, where it remained until it merged with Louisiana State University on January 2, 1877. The two state institutions began their first joint session on October 5, 1877, under the name of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.

The first Baton Rouge home of LSU was the Institute for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind; in 1886, the institution moved to the federal garrison grounds (now the site of the state capitol). Construction of the campus at its present site started in 1922, and the move, which began in 1925, was not completed until 1932. Formal dedication of the present campus took place on April 30, 1926.

LSU's chief academic divisions were founded as follows: Law School, 1906; the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Education, and Engineering, 1908; the Graduate School, 1909; the Division of Continuing Education, 1924; the College of Business Administration (renamed the E. J. Ourso College of Business Administration in 1996), 1928; the Graduate School of Library Science (renamed the School of Library and Information Science in 1981), the College of Chemistry and Physics (renamed the College of Basic Sciences in 1982), and the School of Music (renamed the College of Music and Dramatic Arts in 1998), 1931; Junior Division (incorporated into University College in 1999), 1933; the School of Social Welfare (renamed the School of Social Work in 1983), 1937; University College (incorporated into General College in 1974 and reinstated in 1999), 1951; the School of Environmental Design (renamed the College of Design in 1979), 1965; the School of Veterinary Medicine, 1968; and the Graduate Division of Education (merged with the Graduate School in 1982), 1970. In 1977, the Hebert Law Center (formerly the Law School) was made an autonomous unit of the LSU System.


LSU is designated by the Louisiana Board of Regents as the state's only comprehensive university.

In 1978, LSU was named a Sea Grant college—the 13th university in the nation to be so designated and the highest classification attainable in the program. LSU is one of only 25 universities to be designated as both land grant and sea grant.

LSU's instructional programs include 200 undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees.

The University attracts about 17.6 percent of the state's total enrollment in higher education, and LSU students come from many ethnic and religious backgrounds. The student body consists of nearly 31,000 students from 48 states and more than 120 foreign countries. Although the average age of undergraduates is 22, many older students also pursue degrees at LSU. The student body ratio is 53 percent women and 47 percent men.

Since its first commencement in 1869, LSU has awarded almost 178,000 degrees. The University produces about 22 percent of Louisiana's baccalaureate graduates, approximately 25 percent of the master's degrees, and about 63 percent of the doctoral degrees. In 1999-2000, LSU awarded 5,273 degrees.

With more than 170,000 alumni, LSU ranks in the top 10 percent in the nation in number of graduates. Its alumni have distinguished themselves in politics, agriculture, business, education, engineering, science, the arts, sports, and entertainment.

The University is a member of the American Council on Education, an organization of accredited post-secondary educational institutions founded in 1918; the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, founded in 1962 to represent the major public universities and land-grant institutions; and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, a select group of leading public institutions of higher education.

LSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees.

The LSU System, composed of eight institutions on ten campuses in five cities, was established by an act of the Louisiana legislature on February 6, 1965. Other components of the System are the LSU Agricultural Center (headquartered in Baton Rouge); the Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge; the LSU Medical Center (with two campuses in New Orleans and one in Shreveport and including the Schools of Allied Health Professions, Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing, and Graduate School); the University of New Orleans and LSU in Shreveport, both four-year institutions; LSU at Alexandria and LSU at Eunice, both two-year institutions.

The governing body of the LSU System is the Board of Supervisors, composed of 16 members. Chief administrative officers of the University System are the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Technology Transfer, Vice President for Administration and Finance, and Vice President for Institutional Services.

The LSU Agricultural Center, consisting of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, has more than 200 joint faculty appointments with LSU. The Experiment Station has research programs in Baton Rouge and at branch stations throughout Louisiana. The Extension Service disseminates results of research throughout the state through specialists, county agents, and home economists in every parish.

The Paul M. Hebert Law Center, originally established in 1906, became an autonomous unit of the LSU System in 1977. In 1979, it was renamed in honor of Paul M. Hebert, who served as dean from 1937 to 1977.

All references in this catalog to "Louisiana State University," "LSU," or "the University" are to be understood as meaning the institution in Baton Rouge (whose official full name is Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College). Any reference to the LSU System or to any other institution(s) within the System will be clearly indicated.


Louisiana State University and A&M College is the state's comprehensive research university. It shall continue to perform the functions assigned to it by the Morrill Act of 1862 and the Sea Grant Program Act of 1966.

Louisiana State University offers challenging undergraduate, graduate, and professional educational programs for outstanding students from Louisiana, the nation, and other countries. Its nationally and internationally recognized efforts in a broad range of research fields create new knowledge and promote economic development. LSU's libraries and museums preserve the rich cultural heritage of the state, and scholars and artists at the University contribute to the literature, history, science, technology, and arts of our culturally diverse community.

As the flagship university of the state, the mission of Louisiana State University and A&M College is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts for the benefit of the people of the state, the nation, and the global community.


The University's strategic plan for the future calls for the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the global community.

In implementing this plan, LSU is committed to:

• the highest standards of excellence in teaching, research, and public service;
• academic freedom and participatory governance;
• honesty, fairness, responsible stewardship, and ethical behavior;
• a climate conducive to cooperation among people of all races, faiths, and philosophies; and
• an environment that promotes innovation and discovery.


The University has approximately 1,400 full-time and part-time faculty members. The Boyd Professorship—named in honor of two early University presidents, David and Thomas Boyd—is the highest professorial rank awarded. The William A. Read Professorship of English Literature and the Nicholson Professorship of Mathematics are comparable to the Boyd Professorship.

Other awards for outstanding achievement are Endowed Chairs, Endowed Professorships, LSU Foundation Professorships, Alumni Professorships, Distinguished Faculty Fellowships, and the annual Distinguished Research Master Award. Recognized authorities in various fields are appointed as consulting professors or visiting lecturers.

The University is committed to the principle that excellence in teaching depends upon qualified and conscientious instructors. LSU boasts a nationally and internationally recruited faculty—more than 80 percent of whom have terminal degrees. Many faculty members are international authorities in their fields and bring esteem and recognition to the University. The recipients of such coveted awards as the Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, LSU professors represent an enviable array of knowledge.


LSU is one of only 25 universities nationwide designated as both a land-grant and sea-grant institution. According to a report by the National Research Council, LSU consistently ranks among the top 30 universities in total federal, state, and private expenditures. The University's success in the leveraging of state funds to obtain federal dollars places it among the best in the nation and represents a good investment of taxpayers' money. The economic result of this activity is the creation of 2,250 new jobs, $55 million in new income for Louisiana households, and $125 million in new sales to Louisiana firms.

The University Libraries comprise the largest research library in the state. And LSU's Office of Intellectual Property ranks among the nation's top 20 university patent receivers. The University was awarded its 174th patent in 2001.

In addition to more than 35 institutes, centers for advanced study, and other specialized units headquartered at LSU, various state and federal governmental units maintain offices and laboratories on campus.

LSU injects more than a half-billion dollars into the Baton Rouge economy annually, with direct expenditures of more than $344 million by all units in Baton Rouge, creating sales of nearly $672 million.

At any given time, more than 2,000 sponsored research projects are in progress. Additionally, faculty and staff members and graduate students pursue numerous research projects that are not sponsored by outside agencies. LSU annually brings in an average of $85 million in grants and contracts from federal, state, and private sources—a significant factor for the Louisiana economy. Other research projects and instructional programs are undertaken through the LSU Agricultural Center, the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Public Service

Government, education, business, and industry in Louisiana benefit daily from the outreach services provided by LSU. New technology is transferred from University laboratories to the community, providing a vital boost to the economy and helping to find answers to some of Louisiana's most pressing environmental issues.

Several LSU divisions provide public services to the community and state.

• The LSU Cartographic Information Center (CIC), ranked among the largest academic map libraries in the United States, holds a vast collection of maps, globes, journals, monographs, photographs, slides, and atlases. The Center serves patrons from the LSU community, local businesses, state agencies, and the general public.

• The J. Bennett Johnston, Sr., Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) is a high-tech research center that serves the public by providing: 1) an infrastructure for economic diversity within the state in the area of micofacbrication; 2) testing services for local area gas and oil, and chemical industries; 3) a focus for material science research and development at LSU and within the state; and 4) scientific outreach to students in elementary school through graduate school.

• The LSU Center for Internal Auditing is an internationally recognized program that provides students with nationwide internships and career opportunities. The LSUCIA also provides executive training for professionals.

• The Division of Continuing Education provides valuable learning opportunities by extending LSU's resources beyond the campus through workshops, short courses, extramural courses, correspondence courses, institutes, seminars, and conferences.

• The Division of Student Life and Academic Services matches community needs with student and faculty resources through its academic service learning program, LSU PLUS, coordinated through University College; and the Student Community Outreach Center, coordinated through the Office for Student Organization Services.

• The LSU Earth Scan Laboratory, a satellite earth station, receives large area images of the earth providing detailed maps of hurricanes, their structure, location, and movement every thirty minutes to the State Office of Emergency Preparedness. This information is used for decision and management support, evacuation, early warning, etc.

• The LSU FACES Laboratory is a public service, research, and educational facility designated to assist law enforcement agencies in the positive identification of human remains, profile analysis, and trauma analysis. Since 1981, the laboratory unit of the Department of Geography and Anthropology and the only one of its kind in the state and region, has offered complete methods of identification through forensic anthropological autopsy and computer-generated techniques.

• The LSU Hurricane Center is a multi-disciplinary center addressing hurricanes and other hazards and their impacts on the natural, built, and human environments. Center faculty work closely with resource managers and emergency preparedness decision-makers, transferring the latest information and technology in areas such as storm prediction, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

• The mission of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Education and Family Business Studies is to enhance efforts to develop and sustain entrepreneurial and family business opportunities in the State of Louisiana. Specific activities carried out by the Institute include, but are not limited to, educational seminars and workshops in an executive education format, university course work, business planning and consultation, and venture funding assistance, with a prime goal of job creation for Louisiana.

• The College of Agriculture Les Voyageurs student speakers bureau conducts programs for middle and high school age student groups on career opportunities and career decision making in the agricultural and natural sciences.

• The Louisiana Business and Technology Center (LBTC) is a 40,000 square foot small business incubator on campus which is the home to 25 start-up businesses. The LBTC offers flexible space, business equipment, and consulting services to those firms and outside clients through the LSU-Small Business Development Center. In addition, the LBTC operates the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office for the State of Louisiana which through its offices at LSU and NASA/SSC provides technical assistance to Louisiana companies through NASA and other federal laboratories. Graduate and undergraduate students work on projects through the LBTC.

• The Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, a division of the LSU Agricultural Center, is a statewide program that maintains agricultural agents and specialists in each of Louisiana's 64 parishes.

• The Louisiana Energy and Environmental Resource and Information Center (LEERIC) supplies information on energy and the environment, including such topics as energy efficiency, the greenhouse effect, ozone, and pollution, to the residents of the state of Louisiana.

• The Louisiana Geological Survey performs geological investigations that benefit the state of Louisiana by encouraging the economic development of the natural (energy, mineral, water, and environmental) resources of the state, protecting the state and its citizens from natural, geological, and environmental hazards, and insuring the transfer of geological information.

• The Louisiana Population Data Center's Survey Research Lab provides survey research services to the LSU community, as well as various government agencies and non-profit organizations.

• The Louisiana Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, a comprehensive animal disease diagnostic service is provided to the agricultural and general communities.

• The Manship School of Mass Communication provides specialized training, research, and consulting through its Office of Research and Public Service. The Office assists businesses, media, public agencies, and others to keep pace with changes in communication technologies.

• The Office of Community Design and Development in the College of Design, provides architectural, landscape, and interior design services; community planning, technical assistance, and educational outreach to local communities; housing authorities and community development corporations.

• The Office of Sea Grant Development communicates the results of marine and coastal research through practical assistance, educational programs, and various media products. Public service efforts are conducted through the Sea Grant Legal Program, Marine Extension Services, Advisory Services in Marine Recreation and Tourism, and Communications Office.

• The Office of Social Service Research and Development assists social service agencies in the areas of research, program evaluation, program development, grant writing technical assistance, information, specialized training and advocacy activities.

The University also offers numerous cultural and entertainment events, including lectures, musical performances, and plays, to the community each year. In the College of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Department of Theatre and Swine Palace Productions present 10-12 theatrical productions, each of which runs over extended periods of time. The School of Music presents over 200 recitals and concerts, any of which are free to the campus community and public at large. These latter offerings include fully-staged operas; choral, band jazz, and orchestral concerts; and faculty and student recitals. In addition, its museums—Museum of Art, Museum of Natural Science, and the unique Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens—are open to all citizens.


The University is located on more than 2,000 acres in the southern part of the city. The campus is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River. The University's more than 250 principal buildings are grouped on a 650-acre plateau that constitutes the main part of the campus.

Original campus architecture was based on the Renaissance domestic style of northern Italy (tan stucco walls, red tile roofs), with buildings that house most of the classrooms and administrative offices grouped around a double quadrangle and connected by colonnaded passageways. Architects of more recent campus structures have succeeded in blending contemporary design with the older style of architecture.

The city of Baton Rouge—capital of the state of Louisiana, an inland port, and a major petrochemical center—has a metropolitan area population of more than 500,000. According to history, the city's name is derived from a tall cypress tree that once stood at the present site of Louisiana's Old State Capitol marking the boundary between the hunting grounds of the Houma and the Bayou Goula Indians. The early French explorers called the tree le baton rouge (the red stick).

Geographically, Baton Rouge is the center of South Louisiana's cultural and recreational attractions and New Orleans is about 80 miles to the southeast. Less than an hour's drive north lie the gently rolling hills of the antebellum country of the Feliciana parishes. The fabled French-Louisiana country of bayous, marshes, and lakes—about an hour's drive from the campus—offers opportunities for fishing, hunting, and other recreation.


The chief administrative officer of LSU is the Chancellor; directly responsible to the Chancellor are the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Athletic Director, and the Executive Director for University Relations. Reporting to the Chancellor through the Provost are the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services, the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, and the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Academic Services. (Refer to the Organizational Chart preceding this chapter.)

Office of the Chancellor

The Chancellor is the chief administrative officer of the University and reports to the President of the LSU System.

Office of Academic Affairs

The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost serves as both the chief academic officer and as the chief operating officer of the University. The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost acts as chief administrative officer in the absence of the Chancellor and represents the Chancellor in both internal and external matters.

As chief academic officer, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost is responsible for the academic programs of the University. The administrative center for exercise of this responsibility is the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Council of Academic Deans and Directors, which serves in an advisory capacity to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, meets monthly to review, deliberate, and make recommendations concerning academic matters.

The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost chairs the University Budget Committee, prepares its recommendations for submission to the Chancellor, and works in tandem with the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services to prepare and monitor the operating budget for the University. The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost also chairs the University Planning Council; leads, with and for the Chancellor, programmatic, budgetary, and facility planning for the University; exercises responsibility for space allocation; and superintends the University's efforts in assessment, with responsibility for developing policies and programs to ensure that the University is fully accountable in all aspects of its operations.

Office of Finance and Administrative Services

The Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services and Comptroller is responsible for a variety of business functions and institutional support services, including accounting, purchasing, cash management and disbursement, budgeting, internal auditing, sponsored projects administration, plant and facilities, risk management, personnel, police, safety, parking, traffic, transportation, central stores, printing, campus mail, the golf course, assembly center, dining, vending, bookstore, and campus card operation.

Office of Research and Graduate Studies

The Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies is responsible for the overall research and graduate education efforts of the University, coordinates the work of more than 1,350 faculty and staff involved in approximately 2,000 research projects, and oversees the education of approximately 5,000 graduate students.

In addition, the office coordinates the nonformula component of the budget and acts as liaison to the legislature in this area. The office also coordinates the LSU Congressional/Federal agenda, keeping our congressional delegation abreast of research issues at the University. All activities of the LSU Council on Research are also handled in this office.

Office of Student Life and Academic Services

The Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Academic Services is concerned with the quality of student life on campus and provides a learning environment conducive to student success both in and outside the classroom. The division provides academic support, financial advising, cultural awareness, recreational activities, career and psychological counseling, housing, and health services, as well as peer and professional advice concerning admissions, registration, and adjustment to life at the University.

Office of the Athletic Director

The Director of Athletics manages a broad spectrum of intercollegiate sports programs for men and women. LSU is a charter member (1932) of the Southeastern Conference. LSU meets teams from other major universities in NCAA Division 1A competition in football, basketball (M&W), baseball, indoor and outdoor track and field (M&W), cross country (M&W), golf (M&W), tennis (M&W), swimming (M&W), women's gymnastics, women's volleyball, women's soccer and women's softball.

Office of University Relations

The Office of University Relations includes five divisions whose functions are to inform the public of the University's activities, accomplishments, policies, and plans. The staff of Electronic Media conceives, writes, and produces video tape and audio tape materials that promote the University and inform the public of LSU's activities and programs. The Marketing staff is charged with analysis, planning, and implementation of marketing strategies for LSU and with managing the LSU website. The News Service staff prepares and distributes news releases, feature stories, television newsfilms, and photographs to newspapers, wire services, radio and television stations, journals, and other periodicals. The Publications/Design staff designs, edits, and oversees the production of more than 500 official University publications each year. The Photography section handles photographic coverage for the news service staff and provides photographs for University publications. Photographic services are also available to faculty and staff.


LSU assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran's status in admission to, participation in, and treatment or employment in University programs and activities.

LSU firmly supports the national policy of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity.


Because it is a state-supported institution, LSU receives most of its funds from legislative appropriations. The budget for 2000-2001, including the School of Veterinary Medicine, totaled $275,592,969.

These funds, expressed in millions of dollars, came from:

Source of Revenue
State appropriations $143.2 million
Student fees 107.7 million
Other sources 24.7 million
Total $275.6 million
Area of Expenditure
Instruction $129.4 million
Research 30.0 million
Public Service 1.8 million
Operation and maintenance 29.8 million
Academic Support 36.2 million
Institutional support 21.7 million
Student services 7.4 million
Scholarships and fellowships 19.3 million
Total $275.6 million


The estimated worth of the physical plant of LSU and A&M College, including certain LSU Agricultural Center facilities, is $897.5 million. LSU's annual operating budget totals approximately $275.6 million. Not included in the above is approximately $71.5 million of grant and contract funds, which are restricted in their use. These funds are received from federal, state, and private sources.

In addition, the University needs about $88 million to operate its auxiliaries (student housing, food services, Union, etc.). Capital construction for auxiliary operations is funded through the issuance of bonds liquidated through the operation of such units.

General-use buildings are usually funded by the Legislature through the state Office of Facility Planning and Control.