Frequently Asked Questions
Economics Advising Questions
Yes, but check out the economics FAQs first as you may find the answer to your question there.
A concentration in empirical economic analysis is available for BA students in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS). Nine hours of coursework is required (ECON 4540, 4630, 4632) to complete the concentration. Please contact your HSS academic counselor to declare the concentration.
The economics department offers an undergraduate independent study course (ECON 3999), and in order to be eligible to enroll in this course, you must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and permission of an instructor. To start the process, you should contact a professor that has taught you previously or specializes in a field of economics in which you are interested. If the professor is offering an independent study course in that semester and approves your enrollment, the economics department will add the course to your schedule.
ECON 4445 is available for students who have a job lined up that is related to economics. Your internship supervisor will have to agree to fill out a report of your work, and you will be required to write a 25-page report. Applications for the internship course are available in the economics department and department approval must be obtained in advance of starting your internship.
College Advising Questions
If you are a currently enrolled LSU student please visit www.lsu.edu/business/appt to schedule an appointment. Appointments are held in person in the Office of Business Student Success located in 2000 Business Education Complex. You MUST have your LSU ID when you arrive for the appointment. It is important that you show up on time as appointments are held every 20 minutes. If you are not currently enrolled at LSU or need to cancel your appointment, please call 225-578-3211 for assistance
If you are ill and unable to come to class, please contact your course instructor. If you are anticipating a significant absence and/or may not be able to complete the semester, please contact the Office of Business Student Success to speak with your academic counselor as soon as possible by phone or email.
You will have earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Your major will not be printed on your diploma; majors, concentrations, and minors earned are listed on your official transcript.
Students may print out a “Good Student Discount” certificate via their myLSU account. There are other options available 24/7 via myLSU under the "Student Services" selection: 1) Enrollment verification certificates. 2) Enrollment history. 3) Check deferment forms and electronic notifications sent to lenders. 4) List of student loan lenders and link to real-time loan information.
Requirements and GPA
Students may apply for admission to the E. J. Ourso College of Business after the successful completion of 30 semester hours of coursework, including 12 hours of coursework at LSU-BR of which 9 hours must be in Business courses. Within those 30 hours, students must complete the pre-business core with a C- or better: ACCT 2001, ECON 2000, ENGL 1001, ISDS 1102, MATH 1021 & 1431. Students must also meet the minimum GPA requirement for their desired major. Please see admissions for more detailed information.
No. You must meet the minimum GPA requirement for your major at the time of admission; we do not round up. Each major has a minimum requirement GPA for the overall, business, and LSU averages. There is no probationary admission.
- All - ENGL 1001 and 2000 (ENGL 1004 and 1005 for international students) must be a "C-" or better.
- All - ACCT 2001, ECON 2000, ISDS 1102, MATH 1021, and MATH 1431 require a "C-" or better
- Finance Majors also require a "B-" or better in FIN 3716 and a "C-" or better in ACCT 3001
- ISDS majors require a "C-" or better in 3100, 3107, and 3110 to be used as prerequisites.
- Accounting majors require a "C-" or better in all core courses for the major as well as their 4000 level accounting elective.
The number of hours assigned to a course is multiplied by the numerical value of the grade to determine total quality points. The total quality points are then divided by the total number of hours to determine the GPA. Quality points are assigned as follows: A+=4.3, A=4.0, A-=3.7 B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7 C+=2.3, C=2.0, C-=1.7 D+=1.3, D=1.0, D-=0.7 F=0.
P's do not compute in your GPA.
W's do not compute in your GPA. LSU students are limited in the number of courses from which they can withdraw during their academic career. You may check your W status via your myLSU account.
A business deficit is when your GPA in business courses (cumulative or LSU) falls below 2.0. The deficit system works the same as the overall quality point deficit.
If a student has a quality point deficit, this means that his or her GPA is below the average required to graduate. Students must meet the minimum GPA requirement for their major; each degree program has minimum requirements for the overall, business, and LSU averages.
Registration and Scheduling
In most cases, our academic counselors in the Office of Business Student Success have the signature authority as the dean. You must schedule an appointment with an academic counselor for any issues requiring permission of the dean. Please visit www.lsu.edu/business/appt to schedule an appointment.
While there is no guarantee you will get into a full course, the best option is to utilize the Waitlist System. If a course you wish to take does not have seats available at the time of registration, be sure to add your name to the waitlist through the Schedule Request application via myLSU. If a seat becomes available, you will automatically be added to the course.
Students with 45 or more hours may schedule ACCT 3001, FIN 3716, ISDS 3115, MGT 3200, and MKT 3401 provided they meet all prerequisites. Students with less than 60 hours who want to take another 3000-level business course must speak to the departmental faculty advisor.
Yes. Students may enroll in MGT 3830 after they have earned 92 hours and met course pre-requisites. MGT 3830 is a capstone course intended for students in their senior year.
No. Students are responsible for the prerequisites as listed in the most current online LSU General Catalog. Students with questions about prerequisites should contact the department offering the course.
Unfortunately, ECON 2030 is for non-business majors only. Students who earned credit in ECON 2030 and subsequently changed their major to business, must earn credit in ECON 2000 with a "C-" or better and ECON 2010.
While you may not minor in business administration as a business major, the college offers a number of other minors. To view a list of business minors please visit the minors page on the OBSS website.
- If you are a current LSU student requesting an evaluation of transfer credit already earned:
- You may submit an online evaluation request form to the Office of Enrollment Management via www.lsu.edu/evaluation. Completion of the evaluation form will allow you to indicate the transfer course(s) you would like to have evaluated by LSU faculty. Once the form is submitted, you should monitor your degree audit for changes.
- If you are a current LSU student seeking an evaluation of a transfer course you plan to take in the future:
- First check the Tiger Transfer Tables
- If the course you want to take is not on the tables, you may request an evaluation of credit by using the online form found here: www.lsu.edu/evaluation. Continuing students seeking pre-approval will receive an emailed response from the Office of Enrollment Management once the evaluation is complete.
- Note: Business majors are required to obtain permission from their academic counselor in the Office of Business Student Success prior to taking a course elsewhere. Students may email their counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org with course information in order to request permission.
The evaluation link above is for transfer credit earned in or to be taken in the United States. Students needing international coursework evaluated should contact the academic department directly, and students seeking approval for Academic Programs Abroad must obtain a PACE form from the APA Office in lieu of submitting this online form.
This process is only to determine if an LSU equivalent of your transfer course exists but does not guarantee acceptance toward your specific degree program. The applicability of transfer coursework toward a particular degree can only be determined by the college offering the major. You should consult with your academic counselor for verification of this, along with other regulations that may apply. You must meet with a counselor in the Office of Business Student Success to obtain final permission.
Not if you are currently enrolled in on-campus courses at LSU. If you are not currently enrolled, you may take up to 12 hours of LSU Online Distance Learning total, of which no more than six hours may apply toward General Education requirements.
Yes. We encourage our students to seek opportunities for real-world learning. Each department has a faculty member assigned to oversee internship opportunities. The job experience must meet specific requirements as set forth by the department, please check with your departmental advisor for this information prior to starting an internship.