Director of Undergraduate Studies
Academic Area Coordinator,
Welcome to the Biological Sciences undergraduate website!! This site contains a variety of useful information that can help you be successful in your academic program. This site contains the most recent information on courses, course prerequisites, curriculum requirements and other topics. This website is being continuously revised to provide the most up to date and accurate information. The website is here for your benefit, so please visit it often.
Visit this website FIRST to answer questions you may have regarding courses and degree programs offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. Look at the website BEFORE you call or visit the Office of Undergraduate Studies in 101 Life Sciences Building. If you cannot find what you need on the website, call 578-5224 or come to the office in 101 Life Sciences.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY COURSES (BIOL 1001, 1002, 1005, 1201, 1202, 1208, 1209, ETC.), PLEASE CONTACT THE INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY PROGRAM OFFICE IN 102 LIFE SCIENCES OR VISIT THEIR WEBSITE.
Biology Course Listing
The course listing (link below) contains the most recent, up to date, information on all undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. The course list contains course numbers, catalog descriptions and course prerequisites. Please use this listing to help you select courses.
IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO COURSE PREREQUISITES. SOME COURSES ARE MONITORED BY THE AUTOMATED PREREQUISITE CHECK SYSTEM. THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE PREREQUISITE(S) FOR A COURSE, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR THAT COURSE. ALSO, NOTE THAT COURSE PREREQUISITES ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE “ROADBLOCKS”, BUT ARE IN PLACE TO INDICATE THE BACKGROUND REQUIRED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN A GIVEN COURSE. WE ALSO HOPE THAT COURSE PREREQUISITES WILL HELP YOU SEE HOW VARIOUS COURSES ARE RELATED TO EACH OTHER.
The 2011-2012 recommended path for each degree program is linked below in PDF format.
Search for previous academic years here.
- Biological Sciences
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Department of Biological Sciences at LSU offers well-rounded curricula designed to lay a foundation for a future career in science. At LSU the opportunity awaits for you to participate in cutting-edge research, even as an undergraduate student. The department has over fifty outstanding researchers who are often willing to take on apprentices. One of these researchers may even be the instructor of your first biology course, because the Department of Biological Sciences prides itself in its faculty with dual teaching and research roles.
Academic advising is available in the Office of Undergraduate Studies in 101 Life Sciences. Because of the large number of students in the Department, the Office of Undergraduate Studies cannot advise every student individually. This website can answer many of your academic questions and can be used as an “Electronic Advisor”. Also, there are four options available to get individual advising:
1) Office of Undergraduate Studies in Biological Sciences, 101 Life Sciences Building: Bring a current degree audit to the advising session. You can obtain your degree audit online through your MyLSU account or you can request a copy from the College of Science in 336 Hatcher Hall. To schedule an advising session, call 578-5224 to make an appointment with Dr. Longstreth.
2) Students in Research Labs: If you work in a faculty member’s research laboratory, ask the faculty member if he/she is willing to act as your academic advisor.
3) Students not in Research Labs: If you have a favorite Biological Sciences professor, ask them if they would be willing to act as your advisor.
4) College of Science, 336 Hatcher Hall (225-578-4200): Counselors in the College of Science can help you with meeting degree requirements, residency requirements, graduation issues and keeping your degree audit current and correct.
Transfer Credit Evaluation
Evaluation of Biological Sciences courses from another university for potential transfer credit to LSU can be done in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 101 Life Sciences Building. Students participating in various exchange programs also need to have courses evaluated for potential transfer credit BEFORE they take courses at another institution. Transfer credit evaluation for courses that are NOT Biological Sciences courses should be evaluated by the appropriate department (e.g. English, Mathematics, etc.). BEFORE making an appointment with Dr. Longstreth or coming to the Office of Undergraduate Studies for transfer credit evaluation, please locate and bring with you:
1) Catalog course description for each Biological Sciences course you want evaluated. Catalog course descriptions can often be downloaded from the Internet. In lieu of a course description, a detailed syllabus that lists the specific topics, textbook, etc. will suffice.
2) Proof that the course was completed satisfactorily. This can be documented in different ways, including a transcript (unofficial is OK), current degree audit, OR printout of transfer credit from the LSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
To make an appointment for transfer credit evaluation, call 578-5224 or come by 101 Life Sciences Building.
Students that are interested in employment in the Department of Biological Sciences should seek assistance in 101 Life Sciences Building.
- Student Timesheet (PDF)
Other Useful Information