BS Entrepreneurship Requirements | LSU Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems

BS - Entrepreneurship


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The BS in Entrepreneurship is only offered as a paired degree meaning it can only be conferred if it is combined with another BS/BA degree offered at LSU. The minimum credit hours required to obtain two degrees at LSU is 150 hours. Students will need to seek admission to the E. J. Ourso College of Business in order to declare entrepreneurship as a second degree.

Students pursuing the BS Entrepreneurship as a second degree must satisfy the degree requirements for both degrees. The BS Entrepreneurship degree requires:

  • 39 credit hours of general education course requirements,
  • 42 credit hours of business core course requirements, and
  • 39 credit hour entrepreneurship major course requirements.

Entrepreneurship major course requirements (39 credit hours) include 21 credit hours of ENTR courses, nine credit hours of free electives, and nine credit hours of departmentally approved entrepreneurship flex electives. 

The student's first degree is considered their craft degree, i.e, where they learn their subject matter expertise (SME) that will serve as the foundation of their business (likely the intellectual property of their business). By combining the nine credit hours of entrepreneurship elective courses (i.e., "flex" electives) from their first degree, with nine credit hours of free electives allowed, students can effectively apply 18 credit hours required for their BS Entrepreneurship major course requirements from their first degree.

General Education Business Core Entrepreneurship Major
39 CH 42 CH 39 CH
Required for all
university students
Required for all
business students
ENTR Core - 15 CH
ENTR Electives - 6 CH
Flex Electives - 9 CH
Free Electives - 9 CH


Approved flex elective courses (nine CH Required) may consist of: 

  • any combination of 3000+ level ENTR courses
  • any combination of first degree courses from LIST A below.
  • any combination of business courses from LIST B below.

List A

College of Agriculture

Agricultural Business

Any course AGEC 3003 Economic Analysis in Agricultural Business or higher.

Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising

Required elective: TAM 4070 Entrepreneurship in Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising
Then any electives HUEC 3030 – Field Studies and higher except for history-focused
courses (such as HUEC 4041 History of Textiles).

Nutrition and Food Sciences

Any course NFS 3000+

College of Engineering

Computer Science

Any course CSC 2730 Data Science and Analytics or higher.

Construction Management

Any course CM 3110 Construction Estimating or higher.

Industrial Engineering

Any course IE 3201 Principles of Engineering Economy or higher.

College of Music and Dramatic Arts


Any electives THTR 3123 and higher. This includes lighting and sound technology
courses, improvisation, CAD set design. The following are required or strongly

Strongly Recommended Electives:
THTR 3320 Introduction to Arts Management (3): Overview of the organizational
structure and operations of arts and cultural institutions.
THTR 3340 Arts Marketing (3): Lecture, discussion and case analysis of marketing
concepts for arts and other creative industries.
THTR 3830 Improvisation

Recommended electives:
THTR 4320 Advanced Arts Management (3): Continued study of the principles of arts management including the economics of arts industries, financial management, constituent development and arts advocacy.
THTR 4350 Fundraising for the Arts (3): Principles of fundraising for the not-for-profit organization including grant writing, individual and corporate giving, planned giving, capital campaigns and special events.


Any electives from MUS 3500Preparing the Artist and higher except for history-focused courses (like MUS 3710 Overview of Western Music History and MUS 3757 Organ Literature, History, and Design).

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

International Studies

INTL 4003 International Studies Senior Seminar
POLI 4041 International Law
POLI 4046 International Political Economy
POLI 4050 Globalization and Politics
POLI 4062 Comparative Political Economy
POLI 4064 Comparative Politics of Developing Areas
RNR 4023 Marine Fisheries Resources
RNR 4107 Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
SOCL 4551 Global Society
SOCL 4701 Population


SPAN 3070 – Spanish for Professionals (can be taken up to 6 hours)

List B

E. J. Ourso College of Business


Any course ACCT 3001 or higher

Business Law

Any course BLAW 3202 or higher


Any 4000-level course except ECON 4075 or 4076 (cross listed with HIST)


Any course FIN 3060 or higher except FIN 3715/3716 (core business course)

Information Systems & Decision Sciences

Any course ISDS 3070 or higher except ISDS 3115 (core business course)


Any course MGT 3280 or higher except MGT 3830 (core business course)


Any course MKT 3410 or higher

* If your first degree does not appear on this list, please see the SDEIS department chair.

(effective: 08/15/18)