Pre-Engineering, Digital Design & Emergent Media,
Computational Thinking & Computer Science, Biomedical Sciences

The LSU STEM Certification Pathways Program

  • provides high school students with the opportunity to enroll in a specialized progression of project-based courses (i.e., pathways) to attain industry-promulgated and valued credentials, university issued certificates of course completion, or dual enrollment credit in order to graduate with either a career-tech diploma or to enhance their university-prep diploma,
  • requires teachers who instruct the pathway courses to further their academic credentials by participating in intensive graduate-level LSU Pathway Training courses. If taken for credit, this program leads to a customized "Professional Graduate Certificate" issued by the LSU Colleges of Science or Engineering.
  • provides school districts with additional state funding to support the Pathway courses and required teacher training. The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved the LSU Pre-Engineering Pathway in June 2017; the Digital Design & Emergent Media Certification Pathway is currently under consideration. Under provisions of the approved state education funding formula, a school district offering a BESE approved LSU Pathway course receives $480 per student per course in additional CTE base weight and Career Development Funds.

For more information, see PathwayDescriptionMay2018.pdf

Pathways Overview

Pre-Engineering Pathway

In pilot stage since 2017-18.

Digital Design and Emergent Media Pathway

To be piloted 2018-19.

Biomedical Sciences Pathway

To be piloted 2020-21.


Other LSU Electives

  • Statistical Reasoning

Other Approved Electives

  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Biology
  • Biology II
  • Biology DE
  • AP Chemistry
  • Chemistry II
  • Chemistry DE
  • AP Physics
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Coastal Studies

Digital Design and Emergent Media

Other LSU Electives

Other Approved Electives

  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A
  • Video Game Design
  • Photography I
  • Photography II
  • AP Art 3D
  • Basic/Advanced Film
  • Film and TV
  • Basic Sound