Academic Programs | LSU College of Engineering

Academic Programs

The college offers 11 fields of study from which to choose:

Biological Engineering

The biological engineering major is communication intensive and is a logical field of study for medical school, biomedically-oriented graduate programs, and practice-oriented engineers who are successfully addressing processing and environmental needs in industry, consulting, and government agencies.

Students in a biological engineering lab.

Chemical Engineering

The Gordon A. & Mary Cain Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) serves as a foundation for a wide variety of career opportunities. In the broadest sense, students use the creative applications of chemistry to solve significant problems. ChE uses the principals of chemistry, physics, and biology with the design skills of an engineer to create new chemical and biochemical processes.

Student works in chemical engineering lab.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

The department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers numerous opportunities for hands-on learning, involvement in student organizations, networking, and more. The result is a dynamic college experience, producing well-rounded graduates prepared for their next step. In addition to offering bachelor’s degrees in CEE, LSU also offers minors in environmental engineering, surveying, and structural engineering.

Student works in civil engineering program

Computer Engineering

Graduates have been successful in industry, academia, and entrepreneurial activities, both in this country and abroad. Faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research in a number of electrical and computer engineering areas that make an impact on their respective disciplines.

Computer engineering student creates program.

Computer Science

Computer Science is a rapidly evolving discipline, which affects many fields including engineering, the arts, business and many more. Four concentrations are available for study: software engineering, cloud computing and networking, data science and analytics, and computer science with a second discipline. 

Computer science students work on group project.

Construction Management

The Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management is focused on creating the next generation of graduates who will manage and own construction companies. You will be equipped with the technical and management skills to ensure construction projects are completed on time and within budget. LSU’s construction management program is proud to produce the largest percentage of entrepreneurs in the College of Engineering.  

Students learn surveying

Electrical Engineering

At LSU, you can apply fields of science and mathematics that relate to the sensing, communicating, and processing of information as well as the electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of the materials and the generation and transport of electrical energy. Among the many opportunities within the field of electrical engineering are careers involving computers, communications, automatic control, electronics, and electrical energy.

Electrical engineering student works on project.

Environmental Engineering

The department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the state of Louisiana, with economic activity from the Mississippi River, our unique coast and soil, the array of industry present here, and environmental challenges such as hurricanes and storm surge, provides a unique learning opportunity for environmental engineers. This, paired with the excitement of the LSU experience and the rich culture of Louisiana makes a career in environmental engineering one to watch for the future.

Environmental engineering students test ph levels.

Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineers (IE) design the systems of machines, materials, information, and people to produce products and services. Because of the role of people in our work, IEs have sometimes been called the people engineers. From design of emergency rooms to design of the distribution system that supports the parcel industries, IEs are well equipped to work in any type of industry.

Student makes process more efficient.

Mechanical Engineering

LSU’s Mechanical Engineering (ME) program is about career opportunities and forming the ME leaders of tomorrow. The typical graduate is engaged in design, development, operation and maintenance of tools, engines, machinery, equipment and the manufacture of a wealth of consumer products.

Mechanical engineering students build car from scratch.

Petroleum Engineering

The Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering trains students to provide the energy that the world consumes today and will need in the future. The Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer, or PERTT, Laboratory - also commonly referred to as the “Well Facility” - is an industrial-scale facility with full-scale equipment and instrumentation for conducting training and research related to borehole technology. LSU is the only university in North America where future petroleum engineers can get hands-on training in well control by working at a full-scale well control research and training facility.

Student conduct research on oil rig.


Learn more about our graduate programs.


Engineering Science Program

The interdisciplinary program spans the fields of engineering, science, business, and even law. In principle, a program of study in almost any imaginable concentration area in engineering can be designed. In practice, many students have developed programs in one of three concentration areas: materials science and engineering, environmental & technological hazards engineering, and information technology & engineering. Another area of specialization, bioengineering, is currently attracting student interest and encompasses the interface between engineering and biological science.

Student in lab

Graduate Programs by Department

The College of Engineering offers masters and/or doctorate degrees in the following fields of study: Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Coastal and Ecological Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. Learn more about these programs on their department websites. 

Graduate research


Learn more about our interdisciplinary minors. 


Robotics Undergraduate Minor

The Robotics Engineering minor aims to provide a fundamental understanding of the field of robotics to undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers or graduate degrees in this field, or in acquiring a multidisciplinary education.

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eCommerce Undergraduate Minor

This minor, created in collaboration with IBM, is intended for students interested in careers in eCommerce-related applications development and information technologies, including enterprise development, systems analysis & architecture, data warehousing, and data analytics.

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