LSU's College of Science: Helping Students Decode the DNA That Drives Success

Today's world relies on science perhaps more than ever before. Breakthroughs in our understanding of the world regularly impact our ability to treat diseases, develop new technologies and understand our place within the universe. LSU's College of Science, or CoS, provides the ideal platform for students who wish to take on the challenge of solving nature's mysteries and translate their discoveries into outcomes that benefit humanity.

LSU College of Science faculty members, like Biological Sciences and Chemistry Professor Vincent LiCata, are committed to providing the best possible education to their students as well as producing top-notch research that furthers our understanding of the world.
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“Our outstanding faculty challenge and inspire our students in the classroom and the laboratory.  Our students in turn perform at the highest level and go on to leadership careers in academia, medicine, education and industry,” said Kevin Carman, dean of CoS. “We are preparing tomorrow’s global scientific leaders, and we take that responsibility very seriously.”

The college is comprised of a diverse community of nationally and internationally renowned faculty who provide exceptional academic, research and professional experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students.  For example, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, the world’s largest scientific society, has named 14 CoS faculty as Fellows over the past three years, placing LSU among the top 10 percent of U.S. universities.

CoS boasts six academic departments: biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology and geophysics, mathematics, and physics and astronomy. Within these departments, eight undergraduate degrees are offered: biochemistry, biological sciences, computer science, chemistry, geology, mathematics, microbiology and physics.  Each department also offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Thus, students graduating with a degree from the College of Science are prepared to do anything from locate new energy resources ( to developing the next treatment for common ( – or not-so-common – human ailments, and everything in between.  Many students are also pursuing careers in math and science education through the innovative GeauxTeach! program.

Bret Elderd, assistant professor of biological studies in the College of Science, works with his students at the LSU Rural Life Museum. His work centers on disease outbreaks and virus transmissions as detected through insect studies.
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With rigorous coursework and demanding schedules, many students may feel intimidated when considering a degree in science. However, the CoS doesn’t leave its students to fend for themselves. The College offers pre-college “boot camps” to prepare incoming freshmen for the first semester of college. BIOS (biology), CHEMIS (chemistry), CIOS (computer science), GIOS (geology and geophysics), Tiger Prep Math Camp and PhIOS (physics and astronomy) offer incoming students a rigorous academic orientation that prepares them to be successful in their chosen field of study.  Science boot camps give students exposure to real lectures and exams and inform them about research opportunities with faculty.  Along the way students form study groups and learn effective learning strategies that will serve them well throughout their college careers.

The learning environment doesn’t stop there, though. The CoS offers an on-campus living experience specifically designed to give freshmen science majors an enriching environment beyond the traditional boundaries of a classroom or lab setting. The Science Residential College, located in historic Evangeline Hall, helps majors adjust to the demands of science degree programs through networking with like-minded students and interacting one-on-one with college faculty.

In large part due to the emphasis placed on preparation and support of its students, the CoS ranks in the top 10 in the nation in the number of students who apply to medical school.  It boasts the largest Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical honor society chapter in the United States. On average, approximately 60 percent of students accepted to medical schools in New Orleans and Shreveport are LSU CoS graduates; its graduates are also routinely accepted to other prominent medical programs, such as Harvard, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Columbia, Stanford and Johns Hopkins.

The CoS enrolls approximately 1,800 undergraduate and 700 graduate student majors. B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. graduates from the CoS are equipped with the academic foundation and research experience that allow them to pursue a wide range of careers in industry, education, medicine, research and academia

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