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    Louisiana Tech University
  Feb 21, 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.)



   •  CHEM 450B: Chemical Topics
   •  CHEM 450C: Chemical Topics
   •  CHEM 450D: Chemical Topics
   •  CHEM 466: Instrumental Analysis
   •  CHEM 481: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 490: Chemistry Seminar
   •  CHEM 498: Undergraduate Research
   •  CHEM 498A: Undergraduate Research
   •  CHEM 498B: Undergraduate Research
   •  CHEM 498C: Undergraduate Research
   •  CHEM 501: Physical Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 502: Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 503: Topics in Chemistry
   •  CHEM 503A: Topics in Chemistry
   •  CHEM 503B: Topics in Chemistry
   •  CHEM 503C: Topics in Chemistry
   •  CHEM 520: Molecular Spectroscopy
   •  CHEM 523: Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 524: Quantum Chemistry
   •  CHEM 555: Special Topics in Biochemistry
   •  CHEM 556: Protein Chemistry
   •  CHEM 563: Advanced Analytical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 564: Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 584: Chemistry of Corrdination Compounds
   •  CHEM 586: Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 604: Organic Chemistry Lab

Civil Engineering

   •  CVEN 202: Civil Engineering Materials Lab
   •  CVEN 254: Plane Surveying
   •  CVEN 256: Construction Data Modeling
   •  CVEN 300: The Civil Engineering Profession
   •  CVEN 310: Water Resources I
   •  CVEN 314: Environmental Engineering
   •  CVEN 324: Intro Soils Engr
   •  CVEN 325: Intro To Foundation Engineering
   •  CVEN 332: Highway Engineering I
   •  CVEN 333: Highway Engineering II
   •  CVEN 340: Structural Analysis and Design
   •  CVEN 342: Steel Design
   •  CVEN 343: Reinforced Concrete Design
   •  CVEN 344: Steel Design
   •  CVEN 345: Fundamentals of Professional Engineering
   •  CVEN 355: Advanced Surveying
   •  CVEN 357: Engr and Construction Surveying
   •  CVEN 392: Numerical Methods in Civil Engr
   •  CVEN 411: Water Resources II
   •  CVEN 414: Bituminous Mixture Design
   •  CVEN 417: Groundwtr Hydrology
   •  CVEN 421: Cementious Materials
   •  CVEN 423: Intro To Asphalt Technology
   •  CVEN 425: Traffic Engineering
   •  CVEN 427: Design of Highway Pavements
   •  CVEN 435: Construction Contracts, Planning and Specifications
   •  CVEN 436: Construction Equipment and Methods
   •  CVEN 437: Contracts and Specifications
   •  CVEN 438: Estimating
   •  CVEN 439: Construction Planning Contracts and Specifications
   •  CVEN 440: Foundation Engineering
   •  CVEN 442: Sustainable Construction
   •  CVEN 450: Special Problems
   •  CVEN 450A: Special Problems
   •  CVEN 450B: Special Problems
   •  CVEN 450C: Special Problems
   •  CVEN 450D: Special Problems
   •  CVEN 455: Sustainability of Above Ground Structures
   •  CVEN 456: Legal Aspects Boundary Survey
   •  CVEN 457: Practical Surveying
   •  CVEN 459: Intro To Infrastructure Mgmt
   •  CVEN 460: Principles of Infrastructure Mgt
   •  CVEN 464: Adv Design Concrete Structures
   •  CVEN 466: Advanced Structural Design
   •  CVEN 470: Sustainability With Steel Structures
   •  CVEN 475: Sustainability W/ Concrete Structures
   •  CVEN 480: Introduction To Trenchless Technology
   •  CVEN 492: Civil Engr Design I
   •  CVEN 493: Civil Engr Design II
   •  CVEN 494: Civil Engr Design III
   •  CVEN 502: Infrastructure Management
   •  CVEN 503: Urban Hydrosystems Engineering
   •  CVEN 504: Water and Wastewater Treatment
   •  CVEN 505: Buried Structures - Rehab and Mgmt
   •  CVEN 506: Above Ground Structures: Assessment and Rehabilitation
   •  CVEN 507: Process Dynamics in Environmental Systems
   •  CVEN 509: Dynamic Analysis of Structures
   •  CVEN 510: Advanced Soil Mechanics
   •  CVEN 512: Design of Deep Foundations
   •  CVEN 514: Bituminous Mixture Design
   •  CVEN 515: Advanced Cementious Materials
   •  CVEN 517: Advanced Pavement Design
   •  CVEN 519: Techniques for Pavement Rehab
   •  CVEN 522: Design-Temporary Structures
   •  CVEN 527: Statistics Methods in Hydrology
   •  CVEN 530: Water Quality Improvement
   •  CVEN 531: Contaminant Transport
   •  CVEN 536: Wastewater Disposal Systems
   •  CVEN 550: Special Problems
   •  CVEN 550A: Special Problems
   •  CVEN 550B: Special Problems
   •  CVEN 550C: Special Problems
   •  CVEN 550D: Special Problems
   •  CVEN 550F: Special Problems

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