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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.)


Business Law

   •  BLAW 441: Real Property
   •  BLAW 447: Personnel Law
   •  BLAW 510: Business Law for Accountants

Chemical Engineering

   •  CMEN 202: Chem Engr Calculations
   •  CMEN 213: Unit Operations-Design I
   •  CMEN 301: Chemical Engineering Seminar
   •  CMEN 302: Process Safety in the Chemical Industry
   •  CMEN 304: Transport Phenomena
   •  CMEN 313: Unit Operations-Design II
   •  CMEN 332: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
   •  CMEN 354: Chemical Engineering Junior Lab
   •  CMEN 402: Chemical Reaction Engineering
   •  CMEN 407: Instrumentation and Automatic Process Control
   •  CMEN 408: Pulp and Paper Processes
   •  CMEN 411: Environmental Chemodynamics
   •  CMEN 413: Unit Operations-Design III
   •  CMEN 415: Theory and Practice of Radiation Protection and Shielding
   •  CMEN 418: Biomedical Engr
   •  CMEN 420: Nanosystems Modeling
   •  CMEN 425: Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers
   •  CMEN 431: Chemical Plant Design I
   •  CMEN 432: Chemical Plant Design II
   •  CMEN 434: Chemical Plant Design III
   •  CMEN 435: Polymer Engineering
   •  CMEN 442: Process Optimization
   •  CMEN 443: Air Pollution Control Design
   •  CMEN 450: Special Problems
   •  CMEN 450A: Special Problems
   •  CMEN 450B: Special Problems
   •  CMEN 450C: Special Problems
   •  CMEN 450D: Special Problems
   •  CMEN 452: Special Projects Laboratory
   •  CMEN 453: Chemical Engineering Senior Lab
   •  CMEN 455: Biochemical Engineering
   •  CMEN 456: Hazardous Waste Management
   •  CMEN 475: Combustion, Fires and Explosions
   •  CMEN 501: Advanced Unit Operations
   •  CMEN 504: Advanced Chem Engr Kinetics
   •  CMEN 513: Transport Phenomena
   •  CMEN 518: Biomedical Engineering
   •  CMEN 521: Energy Analysis of Industrial Processes
   •  CMEN 522: Advanced Thermodynamics
   •  CMEN 524: Seminar
   •  CMEN 550: Special Problems
   •  CMEN 550A: Special Problems
   •  CMEN 550B: Special Problems
   •  CMEN 550C: Special Problems
   •  CMEN 550D: Special Problems
   •  CMEN 551: Research and Thesis in Chemical Engineering
   •  CMEN 551C: Res and Thesis in Chemical Engr
   •  CMEN 551F: Res and Thesis in Chemical Engr
   •  CMEN 555: Practicum
   •  CMEN 557: Special Topics: Chemical Engineering
   •  CMEN 707: Instr and Auto Proc Cont
   •  CMEN 714: Indus Radioact Isot
   •  CMEN 762: Inspection Trips
   •  CMEN 801: Adv Unit Operations
   •  CMEN 804: Advanced Chemical Engr Kinetics
   •  CMEN 851: Research
   •  CMEN 852: Thesis


   •  CHEM 100: General Chemistry
   •  CHEM 101: General Chemistry
   •  CHEM 102: General Chemistry
   •  CHEM 103: General Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 104: General Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 107: General Chemistry
   •  CHEM 108: General Chemistry
   •  CHEM 120: An Introduction To Inorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 121: An Introduction To Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
   •  CHEM 122: Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 123: Gen Chemistry Lab
   •  CHEM 124: Gen Chemistry Lab
   •  CHEM 190: Chem for Second Educ
   •  CHEM 191: Gen Chem/Second Educ
   •  CHEM 205: Analytical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 212: Radiochemistry
   •  CHEM 250: Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 251: Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 252: Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 253: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 254: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 257: Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 258: Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 281: Inorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 309: Organic Reaction Mechanisms
   •  CHEM 311: Physical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 312: Physical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 313: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 314: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 330: Physical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 351: Biochemistry
   •  CHEM 352: Biochemistry
   •  CHEM 353: Biochemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 354: Biochemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 390: Chemical Literature
   •  CHEM 409: Advanced Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 420: Chemical Thermodynamics
   •  CHEM 424: Advanced Physical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 450: Chemical Topics
   •  CHEM 450A: Chemical Topics

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