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    Louisiana Tech University
  Jan 19, 2018
University Catalog 2017-2018

Course Descriptions

Courses are numbered as follows: freshmen, 100-level; sophomores, 200-level; juniors, 300-level; seniors, 400-level; graduate students, 500- & 600-level. Certain 400-level courses may be taken by graduate students for graduate credit; in such cases, graduate students complete additional research assignments to bring the courses up to graduate level rigor. The letter G in parentheses, (G), appears at the end of those 400-level undergraduate course descriptions which are approved for graduate level work. When taught for graduate credit, those courses are taught by Graduate Faculty. Only students admitted to the Graduate School may enroll in 500- & 600-level courses.

No credit is allowed in any curriculum for any course with a catalog number beginning with zero (0) (e.g. ENGL 099 ).

The numerical listing after each course title gives the following information: the first number represents lab hours per week; the second digit represents the number of 75-minute lecture periods per week; the third digit represents the semester credit hours earned for successful completion of the course. A few courses will have a fourth digit in parentheses. This means the course may be repeated for credit and the fourth digit designates the total amount of semester hour credit that may be earned including repetition of the course. Typically, these courses are research-, performance-, or project-oriented and found in the 300-, 400-levels (undergraduate student) or 500-, 600-levels (graduate student).

Some courses require the student to complete a prerequisite course or to secure special permission from faculty prior to enrolling in the course. These prerequisites are listed immediately after the numerical semester credit hour designations. Each student is responsible for complying with prerequisite course work requirements and special instructions.


  1. Courses designated with an asterisk * mean this course will be accepted for General Education Requirement (GER) transfer credit. A course MAY or MAY NOT be accepted as equivalent to or substitute for a course in a specific discipline or major. Please check the Board of Regents web site at and the school you are transferring to for additional information.
  2. Courses with the designation (IER) meet the Board of Regents International Education Requirement.
  3. Students with a Freshman or Sophomore classification are not eligible to register for 400-level (Senior) courses without the written approval of the Academic Dean (or the Dean’s designated representative) of the college responsible for that specific subject and course)
  4. Course offerings for each term are made available prior to Early Registration via the BOSS website (“Available Course Sections”) and in .pdf format on the Registrars website (Quarterly Schedule of Classes-The Racing Form). Quarterly offerings are subject to change to accommodate the needs of students.

Louisiana Common Course Numbering (LCCN).

Louisiana uses a statewide common course numbersing system “…to facilitate program planning and the transfer of students and course credits between and among institutions.” Faculty representatives from all of the public colleges and universities worked to articulate common course content to be covered for each course included on the Board of Regents Master Course Articulation Matrix. Beginning with General Education Requirements (GER), this initiative will continue with an eye toward expansion throughout the entire Matrix.

Each course is identified by a 4-Alpha character “rubric” (i.e. prefix or department abbreviation) and a four-digit number. Each 4-Alpha rubric begins with “C” to signify that it is a state “Common” number, followed by a standard discipline abbreviation so that when they are included in campus catalogs and web sites, its meaning will be clear. For example, “CMAT” is the standardized LCCN abbreviation for Mathematics courses included in the Statewide Course Catalog. Another example would be “CENL” for English courses.

The 4-Alpha character rubric is followed by four digits, each with their own positional meaning. The first digit of the course number denoteds the academic level of the course (1 = freshman/1st year; 2 = sophomore/2nd year). The second and third digits establish course sequencing and/or distinguish the course from others of the same level, credit value, and rubric. The fourth digit denotes the credit value of the course in semester hours. For example, CMAT 1213 College Algebra (Common, Mathematics, Freshman/1st year, articulated standard sequence 21, 3 semester hours, College Algebra); CENL 1013 English Composition I (Common, English, Freshman/1st year, articulated standard sequence 01, 3 semester hours, English Composition I.

All rubric/number course identifiers correspond to course descriptiors listed in the Statewide Course Catalog, published by the Louisiana Board of Regents with direct faculty input.The Statewide Course Catalog will comprise the academic courses for which there is statewide agreement among discipline faculty representatives as to the minimum course content to be covered so that a student completing the course will be ready for the next course for which it is a prerequisite in a sequence or curriculum. Louisiana Tech University courses that are part of the Statewide Common Course Catalog can be readily identified by the [LCCN: AAAA####] at the end of the course description.

The Master Course Articulation Matrix, and the Louisiana Statewide Common Course Catalogue can be found on the Louisiana Board of Regents website ( under the Academic Affairs menu option.)



   •  ART 578: Directed Research in Graphic Design and Digital Imaging
   •  ART 579: Graduate Seminar in Graphic Design Education
   •  ART 580: Graphic Design Exhibition and Capstone Research
   •  Art 599: Issues in the Arts

Biological Sciences

   •  BISC 101: Fundamentals of Biology I
   •  BISC 102: Fundamentals of Biology II
   •  BISC 130: Biological Principles
   •  BISC 131: Biological Principles Laboratory
   •  BISC 132: Biological Diversity
   •  BISC 133: Biological Diversity Laboratory
   •  BISC 134: Botany
   •  BISC 200: Principles of Genetics
   •  BISC 201: Scientific Principles
   •  BISC 203: Introduction To Oceanography
   •  BISC 211: Introduction To Environmental Science
   •  BISC 212: Conservation and Management of Natural Resources
   •  BISC 214: Survey of Microbiology
   •  BISC 216: Plant Biology
   •  BISC 217: Plant Biology Laboratory
   •  BISC 224: Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
   •  BISC 225: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
   •  BISC 226: Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
   •  BISC 227: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
   •  BISC 228: Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
   •  BISC 240: Student Research
   •  BISC 246: Instrumentation
   •  BISC 250: Introduction To Clinical Laboratory Sciences
   •  BISC 255: Biological Topics
   •  BISC 260: Microbiology
   •  BISC 284: Introduction To Marine Science
   •  BISC 285: Introduction To Marine Zoology
   •  BISC 310: Genetics
   •  BISC 313: Ecology
   •  BISC 314: Entomology
   •  BISC 315: Cell Biology
   •  BISC 320: Animal Physiology
   •  BISC 321: Animal Physiology Laboratory. Statewide Transfer Agreement Course*
   •  BISC 341: Hematology
   •  BISC 343: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
   •  BISC 344: Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology
   •  BISC 355: Biological Topics
   •  BISC 359: Special Topics in Pre-Medical Illustrationo
   •  BISC 360: Biological Problems
   •  BISC 360A: Biological Problems
   •  BISC 360B: Biological Problems
   •  BISC 360C: Biological Problems
   •  BISC 361: Laboratory Assisting
   •  BISC 361A: Laboratory Assisting
   •  BISC 361B: Laboratory Assisting
   •  BISC 361C: Laboratory Assisting
   •  BISC 380: Biology Colloquium
   •  BISC 401: Parasitology
   •  BISC 402: Immunology
   •  BISC 404: Immunology Laboratory
   •  BISC 407: Histology
   •  BISC 408: Bacterial Genetics
   •  BISC 409: Virology
   •  BISC 410: Advanced Genetics
   •  BISC 411: Developmental Biology
   •  BISC 420: Environmental Animal Physiology
   •  BISC 422: Molecular Biology
   •  BISC 426: Evolution
   •  BISC 438: Marine Microbiology
   •  BISC 439: Marine Science for Teachers
   •  BISC 445: Immunohematology
   •  BISC 447: Principles of Pharmacology
   •  BISC 450: Biological Topics
   •  BISC 450A: Biological Topics
   •  BISC 450B: Biological Topics
   •  BISC 450C: Biological Topics
   •  BISC 450D: Biological Topics
   •  BISC 454: Microbial Ecology and Diversity
   •  BISC 463: Cancer Biology
   •  BISC 464: Principles of Pathology
   •  BISC 466: Medical Anthropology
   •  BISC 468: Biostatistics
   •  BISC 470: Bioethics
   •  BISC 478: Practica/Internship/Coop
   •  BISC 478A: Practica/Internship/Coop
   •  BISC 478B: Practica/Internship/Coop
   •  BISC 478C: Practica/Internship/Coop
   •  BISC 480: Undergraduate Seminar
   •  BISC 482: Introduction To The Human Brain
   •  BISC 483: Marine Botany
   •  BISC 484: Marine Vertebrate Zoology
   •  BISC 485: Marine Ecology
   •  BISC 486: Marine Invertebrate Zoology
   •  BISC 490: Microscopy Techniques
   •  BISC 491: PCR - Methods and Applications
   •  BISC 492: Protein Analysis
   •  BISC 493: Animal Behavior
   •  BISC 501: Graduate Parasitology
   •  BISC 502: Research Methods in Bio Sciences
   •  BISC 503: Graduate Immunology Laboratory
   •  BISC 508: Graduate Bacterial Genetics
   •  BISC 509: Biological Sciences Seminar
   •  BISC 511: Graduate Developmental Biology
   •  BISC 512: Advanced Immunology
   •  BISC 513: Ecological Topics
   •  BISC 514: Graduate Advanced Genetics

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