Jul 18, 2019  
University Catalog 2016-2017 
University Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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 www.regents.state.la.us/ 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 (www.regents.doa.louisiana.gov under the Academic Affairs menu option.)


Biological Sciences

   •  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 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 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 423: Essentials of Endocrinology
   •  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 461: Environmental Literature
   •  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 510: Anat and Phys for Teachers
   •  BISC 511: Graduate Developmental Biology
   •  BISC 512: Advanced Immunology
   •  BISC 513: Ecological Topics
   •  BISC 514: Graduate Advanced Genetics
   •  BISC 516: Contemporary Topics
   •  BISC 516A: Contemporary Topics
   •  BISC 516B: Contemporary Topics
   •  BISC 516C: Contemporary Topics
   •  BISC 516D: Contemporary Topics
   •  BISC 517: Applied Bio Sciences Research
   •  BISC 521: Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology
   •  BISC 522: Graduate Molecular Biology
   •  BISC 526: Graduate Histology
   •  BISC 530: Biol Sciences Special Problems
   •  BISC 530A: Biol Sciences Special Problems
   •  BISC 530B: Biol Sciences Special Problems
   •  BISC 530C: Biol Sciences Special Problems
   •  BISC 530D: Biol Sciences Special Problems
   •  BISC 530E: Biol Sciences Special Problems
   •  BISC 530F: Biol Sciences Special Problems
   •  BISC 535: Current Topics in Bio Sciences
   •  BISC 540: Biological Sciences Internship
   •  BISC 541: Biological Sciences Internship
   •  BISC 551: Research and Thesis in Biology
   •  BISC 551C: Research and Thesis in Biology
   •  BISC 551F: Research and Thesis in Biology
   •  BISC 554: Graduate Microbial Ecology and Diversity
   •  BISC 561: Grad Environmental Literature
   •  BISC 562: Graduate Virology
   •  BISC 563: Graduate Cancer Biology
   •  BISC 564: Graduate Principles of Pathology
   •  BISC 566: Graduate Medical Anthropology
   •  BISC 570: Graduate Bioethics
   •  BISC 585: Comp Exam in Biological Sciences
   •  BISC 590: Graduate Microscopy Techniques
   •  BISC 591: Graduate Pcr-Methods and Applications
   •  BISC 592: Graduate Protein Analysis
   •  BISC 593: Graduate Animal Behavior

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