School of Science and Engineering

School of Science and Engineering
201 Lindy Boggs
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504)865-5764
Fax: (504)862-8747


Nicholas J. Altiero
Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Gary L. McPherson
Ph.D., University of Illinois
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Facilities

Janet B. Ruscher
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Beth E. F. Wee
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs


The mission of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering is to provide outstanding opportunities for learning and discovery in science and engineering and to foster an environment that is student focused, research intensive, trans-disciplinary, entrepreneurial, and responsive to the needs of society and the community.


The School of Science and Engineering consists often departments and two programs.


The School of Science and Engineering offers three degrees at the undergraduate level, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); and two graduate degrees, the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students seeking a degree from the School of Science and Engineering must have a primary major offered by the school. Students may major or minor in a second program in addition to the primary major; however, special programs such as teacher certification and ROTC are not major or minor programs and are undertaken in addition to a major program.

To qualify for graduation, a student must satisfy the requirements of the core curriculum, of the school specific core and of the major program and meet the residency and quality of work requirements of the Newcomb-Tulane College.


The School of Science and Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree in the following programs:

The School of Science and Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the following programs:

The School offers the Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Computer Science as a Coordinate Major with any other stand-alone major offered by Newcomb-Tulane College.

The School offers the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Psychology and Early Childhood Development.

The School offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in the following programs:

The School offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in the following programs:


School Specific Core Curriculum

Students seeking the B.A. should complete all the degree requirements as described in the School of Liberal Arts section. Students seeking a B.S. should satisfy all core requirements as outlined in the Newcomb-Tulane College section "Core Curriculum and Courses of Study" and meet the school-specific and major requirements in this section. Students seeking a B.S.E. should satisfy all core requirements except that of Foreign Language as outlined in the Newcomb-Tulane College section "Core Curriculum and Courses of Study" and meet the school-specific and major requirements in this section.

Mathematics and Science

Candidates for the B.S. and B.S.E. degrees in the School of Science and Engineering must take a minimum of 32 credits of science and mathematics selected from at least two different disciplines: cell and molecular biology, chemistry, ecology and evolutionary biology, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, neuroscience, physics and psychology. At least one of these courses must include a laboratory.

A minimum of six credits of mathematics is required. Any two Mathematics courses numbered 1210 and above may be used to satisfy this requirement. However the combination of MATH 1150 and MATH 1160 may count as one course toward this requirement. Students may satisfy all, or part, of the requirement with the appropriate AP scores (s). A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement AB exam earns credit for MATH 1210. A score of 3 on the BC exam together with a score of 4 or 5 on the AB subsection of the BC exam earns credit for MATH 1210. A score of 4 or 5 on the BC exam earns credit for MATH 1210 and 1220. Departments may recommend, or require, particular mathematics or science courses for their majors, and students are advised to consult the major department's listing in this catalog.

Candidates for the B.A. degree (Psychology and Early Childhood Education) follow the School of Liberal Arts Core.

Writing Intensive Requirement

Students may satisfy this requirement by taking one course designated as "writing-intensive" in the course schedule. Alternatively, with the approval of the instructor and the Associate Dean for UndergraduatePrograms of the School of Science and Engineering, a student may take a course that does not carry the "writing intensive" designation but that fits the criteria of the requirement. The student should submit a petition to the Associate Dean and, upon approval, will be added to a writing intensive course, SCEN 3880. Completion of the first-year writing competency requirement is a prerequisite to enrollment in a writing intensive course.

Additional Requirements for Engineering Majors

Students majoring in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and engineering physics must take an additional six credits (for a total of 18 credits) of humanities, fine arts and social sciences.

Major Component

A student enrolled in the School of Science and Engineering must select a major offered by the school no later than the beginning of a student's fourth semester of college study.


Self-Designed Majors

A student with a 3.000 cumulative grade-point average may construct a major program by grouping courses from different academic departments. Such self-designed majors must include at least 10 courses, more than half of which must be at the 3000 level or above; no more than two courses below the 3000 level may be taken in any one department. A student wishing approval of a self-designed major must prepare a proposal including the title of the major, courses, rationale, and appropriate departmental approval. This proposal must be submitted for review to the associate dean of the School of Science and Engineering before the end of the student's sixth semester. As these proposals often require revision and resubmission, they should be submitted earlier than this deadline.

Second Majors and Minors

Students in the School of Science and Engineering may elect to complete a second major. They must complete all courses for each major and a total of at least 18 different courses in the two majors. At least half of the coursework required for majors must be completed at Tulane University, and students must have a grade point average of at least 2.000 in all coursework applied to the major. Students who satisfy the requirements for two majors in the School of Science and Engineering will receive one bachelor's degree, and their transcript will reflect that a double major has been completed. Second majors from an outside division are subject to the conditions set by requirements for that major as designated by the home division or department.

Science and engineering students also may pursue one or two minors. The minor is intended to give structure to the study of a secondary field of interest chosen by the student. Students must complete at least 24 credits in their major that do not overlap with the minor. Students who elect to complete the requirements for a minor must earn a grade-point average of at least 2.000 in courses counting toward that minor. No courses counting toward the student's first minor will count toward the student's second minor.

Individual departments may have additional restrictions on major-minor overlap. Students should consult the department listings for additional information

Internships for Academic Credit

Some departments offer internships for academic credit as part of the major. An internship combines a relevant academic component with experiential learning. The academic component may, for example, consist of a term paper, a number of short papers, or discussions of a number of books. Internships ordinarily are open only to those students completing a major in the department that will award the credit. Students participating in internships register for Internship Studies (course numbers 4560, 4570) within the appropriate department after having made initial arrangements with a professor who will sponsor the internship. Registration is completed in the academic department sponsoring the internship.

A student may not take a salaried position outside the university while earning credit for an internship, except where such an arrangement is required by the cooperating organization for insurance purposes. If a student must take a salaried position for this reason, a letter to this effect from the cooperating organization must be filed with the chair of the sponsoring department prior to the end of the add period. Only one internship may be completed each semester. Students may earn a maximum of six credits for internships. The sponsoring professor will assign a grade for the internship at the close of the semester after evaluating its academic and experiential aspects. Internships offered through Science and Engineering departments are open only to juniors and seniors in good standing.

An alternative internship experience is offered to students through Newcomb- Tulane College. This internship was created to accommodate students seeking internships with organizations which require that interns earn credit for their experience. INTR 1990 carries one credit, which will apply toward the degree but will not apply toward any core curriculum, major, or minor requirement. Only one credit of INTR 1990 may be applied toward the degree. INTR 1990 must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. Students who have completed fewer than 30 credits may not register for this course. Students desiring to register for INTR 1990 must receive approval from the Associate Dean of the Newcomb-Tulane College before registering for the course.


Students at Tulane University may pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in the School of Science and Engineering of Tulane University. The M.S. degree is awarded with a minimum of 24 credit hours plus a thesis. With approval, a student in some disciplines may also elect to pursue a non-thesis M.S. that requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. The Ph.D. degree is awarded with a minimum of 48 credit hours plus a dissertation. The 4+1 Master's program allows students in the School of Science and Engineering to complete the requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degree in five years. Some summer research work may be required for the timely completion of the program.

All doctoral students must demonstrate competence in teaching as part of the requirements for a graduate degree. This requirement must be fulfilled regardless of whether or not the student receives financial support from the university. The form of teaching experience can vary with the individual, and may consist of teaching, recitation sections, teaching laboratory courses, grading papers, presentation of seminars, etc.

If candidates for an advanced degree at other universities wish to receive graduate credit for courses to be taken at Tulane, they should secure approval from authorities in the home institution. The student should then apply for admission as a special graduate student (non-degree) in the School of Science and Engineering. An individual who does not desire to pursue a degree at the present time also may apply for admission as a special student, but if the student decides at a later date to work toward a graduate degree in the School of Science and Engineering, no more than 15 credits taken on a non-degree or provisional basis may be applied toward the degree.


Applicants holding the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in mathematics, science or engineering or a related field from recognized institutions may be admitted to the graduate program of the School of Science and Engineering if their academic records and personal attributes indicated ability to pursue advanced study successfully. Students must present to the appropriate department satisfactory evidence of adequate preparation for the subjects in which they seek to specialize. Ordinarily, only students whose undergraduate average is B or above are admitted. Students required to make up undergraduate course deficiencies before being admitted to the graduate program of the School of Science and Engineering may be asked to enroll in an undergraduate program as special students. Graduate credit is not awarded for courses taken to make up deficiencies.

A master's degree is not a prerequisite for study for the doctorate, but a student may be required to qualify for the master's degree while working toward the doctorate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The School of Science and Engineering awards financial support for graduate students primarily on the basis of academic merit. For full-time students, financial assistance is available in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships as well as partial and full tuition scholarships.


Registration Requirement

To maintain full time status all graduate students must enroll for a minimum of 9 credit hours in the Fall Semester and a minimum of 9 credit hours in the Spring Semester (or equivalent). Ph.D. and M.S. with thesis students must enroll for a minimum of 3 credit hours of "Masters Research" or 3 credits of "Dissertation Research" during the Summer Semester.

Ph.D. and M.S. with thesis students who have completed all of their required course work must maintain continuous enrollment and enroll for 3 credit hours of "Master's Research" or 3 credit hours of "Dissertation Research," whichever is applicable, each semester until all degree requirements are complete.

Course Credits

Graduate work is measured in terms of credits. A credit represents a measurement of academic progress in terms of work undertaken and satisfactorily completed and is not specifically related to an hour concept for class lecture or recitation. For purposes of evaluating graduate transfer credit, in most cases a credit is equal to a semester hour.

Grades and Grade Points

The same grading system is used throughout Tulane University. A course in which a grade of C+ or less is earned cannot be counted toward a graduate degree in the School of Science and Engineering.

Conferring of Degrees

A student who has completed all of the requirements for a degree will have that degree conferred at the annual spring commencement, in May. Degrees are also conferred at the close of the fall semester in December and at the close of Summer School, in mid-August.

Transfer Credit

In general, up to 12 transfer credits may be accepted toward a master's degree, and up to 24 transfer credits may be accepted toward the doctorate. Only grades of B or better will be considered for transfer credit. The courses must be graduate courses, which were taken while the student was classified as a graduate student and after all requirements for the bachelor's degree have been met. The appropriate department and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs must approve credit for graduate work done at other institutions. The decision concerning the acceptance of all transfer credit to the record of a graduate student will not be made until after the student has completed at least one semester of successful study in the School of Science and Engineering.

Students ordinarily must complete the requirements for the doctorate within seven years from the original date of registration. Only in unusual cases, and with the approval of the department chair and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs will credit be approved for courses taken more than six years before the date of the general or preliminary examination.

Credit for 6000-level courses taken by a senior undergraduate beyond the credits needed for an undergraduate degree at Tulane University and passed with a grade of B or better may be transferred to a graduate degree program in the School of Science and Engineering on the recommendation of the Department Chair and with the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Normally, no more than 12 credits should be earned before admission to a graduate program. These credits may not be counted toward requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Transfer Between Programs

To transfer from one graduate program to another offered by the School of Science and Engineering, a student must submit an application for admission to the new program. Transferring students must fulfill any obligations they have incurred in the first program prior to receiving their degrees from the second programs. The Department Chair and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs will determine whether credit from the initial program can be applied toward a degree in the new program.

Required Withdrawal, Probation and Dismissal

A student may be required to withdraw from any course or from the university, temporarily or permanently, for any of the following reasons:

A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (B) must be maintained by all students to remain in good standing in any graduate degree program. Students whose grade point average falls below 3.00 will be considered for a probationary semester in consultation with the chair of the appropriate department. Students who receive a grade below B- or two grades of B- will also be considered for probation in consultation with the chair of the appropriate department. The terms of the probation are determined by the department chair, in consultation with the Dean or designate. Students who fail to meet the terms of their probation in two consecutive semesters will be required to withdraw from the program. Students are subject todismissal in consultation with the appropriate department if they receive two grades below B- in a given semester. Two grades of B- are considered equivalent to one grade below B-. If a student becomes subject todismissal during the semester in which other graduation requirements are met, the student will be excluded and will not receive the degree. Courses with grades below B- may not be used to meet degree requirements. It is the department's responsibility to report to the Dean any student not making reasonable progress toward the degree. The School of Science and Engineering and the University reserve the right to deny admission to any applicant or to forbid any student's continued enrollment without assignment of reason; to change any of its rules, courses, regulations, and charges without notice, and to make such changes applicable to students already registered as well as to new students.


Alpha Eta Mu Beta Award
This award, given by the biomedical engineering honor society, is presented to a junior for outstanding performance as a student in the biomedical engineering curriculum.

AICHE Awards
Several awards are offered. Two are scholastic awards, one offered by the New Orleans Section to the senior in chemical -engineering with the highest scholastic average, and one by the National Society to the junior in chemical engineering who made the highest average in the freshman and sophomore years. The annual chapter award is for outstanding participation in chapter activities, particularly participation in the student paper presentation. The student chapter award is for outstanding services to the profession. American Chemical Society Prizes were established in 1930 by the Louisiana section of the American Chemical Society and are awarded for excellence in chemistry.

William L. Alworth Prize in Biological Chemistry
This award honors Professor Emeritus William L. Alworth who retired in June of 2004 and will be awarded annually to the outstanding graduating senior majoring in Biological Chemistry. It is based on academic and research performance.
The American Chemical Society Award
For excellence in chemistry, a senior will be honored at a dinner given by the local chapter of the American Chemical Society, and also receive a check from the department.

American Institute of Chemists Award
Established to honor seniors in chemistry, chemical engineering, or biochemistry. Given in recognition of potential advancement of the chemical professions on the basis of a student's demonstrated record of leadership, ability, character, and scholastic achievement.

Stuart S. Bamforth Prize
Awarded for excellence in environmental studies to the graduating senior in earth and environmental sciences or ecology and evolutionary biology.
Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Outstanding Achievement Award
For outstanding accomplishments as a graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University.

Biomedical Engineering Society Scholarship Award
This award is presented to the outstanding senior in biomedical engineeringwith the highest scholastic grade point average.

Chevron Undergraduate Award
Awarded to two students who have completed the second semester of the junior year and have the highest scholastic average.

Glendy Burke Medals were established in 1848 (oratory) and 1879 (mathematics) by Glendy Burke. They are awarded for excellence in the fields of speech and mathematics.

Fred R. Cagle Memorial Prize was established in 1981 in memory of Professor Cagle,a former chair of the Department of Zoology. The prize is awarded for outstanding achievement in ecology and evolutionary biology, taking into consideration the student's academic record, difficulty of academic program completed, and the likelihood of a substantial contribution to scholarship in integrative biology.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Prize
Special recognition for interest, enthusiasm and proficiency in Biology.

Chairman's Award
Given to a graduating senior who is outstanding in geology or earth science.

The Department of Chemistry Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
This award is given to Juniors/Seniors who demonstrate leadership ability, character and scholastic achievement.
Nissim Nathan Cohen Memorial Award
This award is presented to a graduating senior in Biomedical Engineering who has contributed most to his or her class, school, and the profession of Biomedical Engineering, as voted on by the senior class.
Elsie Field Dupré Memorial Prize in Physics
This award honors a female physics student for her interest, enthusiasm, and proficiency in physics.
Liz Earley Prize in Cell and Molecular Biology
Awarded for excellence and proficiency in laboratory science.
Professor Erik G. Ellgaard Award for Excellence in Cell and Molecular Biology
For the best graduating senior in Cell and Molecular Biology.

Arnold Gerall Award in Neuroscience
The award recognizes exceptional performance in academic and research activities in the area of Neuroscience by a Psychology major or a Neuroscience major advised by a member of the Psychology faculty.

Kappa Kappa Gamma Prize in Mathematics
Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate female math student.
Gerald E. Gunning Memorial Award
Awarded annually to an exceptional undergraduate major in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Gerald S. Gussack Award
Awarded to the most outstanding male graduating senior in Cell and Molecular Biology. The recipient is chosen based on excellence in grade point average, creativity in honors thesis research, and a demonstration of well-balanced academic achievement. The award is named in honor of the late Gerald Gussack, a Professor of Otolaryngology at Emory University School of Medicine, who was a 1975 graduate of Tulane College.
Rosa Cahn Hartman Medal
The award recognizes exceptional performance in academic and research activities in Psychology by a Newcomb-Tulane College senior.
Aaron Hartman Award
The award recognizes exceptional performance in academic and research activities in Psychology by a Newcomb-Tulane College senior.
Honors Thesis Award in Cell and Molecular Biology
For the student with the most outstanding thesis in Cell and Molecular Biology.
Kenneth H. Kuhn, Sr. Memorial Award Senior Team Design Project 1st Place Winners
The students are selected by a panel of judges as the 1st place winners of the Senior Team Design Project for their ability to integrate the scholarship of discovery, learning, and service, by applying biomedical engineering to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in the New Orleans Metro Area.
The Joseph J. Kyame Physics Award
This award was established in 1990 by the physics faculty, and is given to a senior for excellence in physics.
Terry Lawson Prize in Mathematics
Awarded to a graduating senior for excellence in undergraduate mathematical research.
Anne M. McPherson Award in Psychology
The award recognizes junior or senior students who have demonstrated a capacity for cutting-edge research in the field of Psychology. Awardees should possess a strong overall grade point average and conduct research with a faculty member of the Department.

Merck Index Awards
This award is presented each year to an outstanding student in Chemistry.

The Barbara E.Moely Award for Application of Psychology
The award recognizes exceptional public service to the community.

National Society of Black Engineers
There are two awards. One is awarded to the Outstanding Executive Board member and the other is to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average.

The Neuroscience Faculty Award
The award recognizes exceptional performance in academic and research activities in Neuroscience by a Newcomb-Tulane College senior.
New Orleans Geological Society Memorial Foundation Scholarships
Awarded annually to the outstanding freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior geology or earth science majors, upon recommendation of the faculty of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Omega Chi Epsilon Award
This award, presented by the chemical engineering honor society, is given to the member of the student chapter who best exemplifies the ideals of Omega Chi Epsilon.

Randall K. Nichols Award
Awarded to a chemical engineering junior who has special talents worthy of recognition and encouragement.

Ann Hero Northrup Prize in Chemistry (Junior or Senior)
The prize, established by the late Clare M. de Milt, consists of a valuable book or collection presented on behalf of the winner to the Howard-Tilton Library.
Phi Beta Phi Award
Given occasionally to a junior or senior for best research paper in the sciences; the recipient is chosen among the departments of cell and molecular biology, chemistry, ecology and evolutionary biology, and physics.
James Marshall Robert Leadership Award
Established in 1957 by the Society of Tulane Engineers and named in honor of Dean Emeritus Robert. Additional gifts from alumni and friends after Dean Robert's death in 1964 have made possible the award of a medal and cash to a senior in engineering in recognition of scholarship, collegiate activities, and leadership.

ROTC Awards
Encompass many prizes and honors, including the President's Cup, for ROTC work.

Leon H. Scherck Memorial Award
The oldest award presented by the School of Engineering was established in 1922 by the late Mrs. Albert H. Scherck of New Orleans in memory of her brother, Leon H. Scherck, class of 1894, for excellence in engineering.Awarded to a member of the senior class in an engineering program.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon Prize
Established in memory of W. A. Tarr by the national geology honor society, is awarded for scholarship and service in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science.

R. A. Steinmayer Award
Established in 1957 by the Tulane geological alumni in honor of R. A. Steinmayer, emeritus professor of geology, for the outstanding graduating student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Francis M. Taylor Award
Established in 1971 by chemical engineering alumni to honor Professor Emeritus Taylor. Awarded to a senior in chemical engineering for outstanding citizenship, professional attitudes, and accomplishments.

Joyous and William Van Buskirk Scholarship Award
The student was selected by the biomedical engineering faculty for his outstanding achievement in biomedical engineering studies.
Daniel H. Vliet Award
Established in 1989 to honor Dr. Daniel H. Vliet who served on the faculty of Electrical Engineering for 37 years, including four years as head of the department, before his retirement in 1986. The award goes to a sophomore in an engineering program who has demonstrated superior performance in freshman physics.

Harold E. Vokes Award
Established in 1992 by the faculty of the Department of Geology in honor of Harold E. Vokes, professor emeritus of geology, foran outstanding graduating student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Vokes Fellowship
Awarded annually to the top Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The Zoology Prize
Awarded to a graduating senior majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology foroutstanding achievement in zoology.

Biological Chemistry

Cell and Molecular Biology

Office: 2000 Percival Stern Hall
Phone: (504) 865-5546
Fax: (504) 865-6785


Office: 2015 Percival Stern Hall
Phone: (504) 865-5573
Fax: (504) 865-5596

Program Administrators

Larry D. Byers, Chemistry (Co-Director),
David A. Mullin, Cell and Molecular Biology (Co-Director),


Alex Burin, Ph.D. Moscow Inst. of Physics and Engineering (Chemistry)
Larry Byers, Ph.D. Princeton University (Chemistry)
Yi Ping Chen, Ph.D.
Univ. of Iowa (Cell & Molecular Biology)
James Donahue, Ph.D. Harvard University (Chemistry)
Bruce Gibb, Ph.D. Robert GordonUniversity (Chemistry)
W.T. Godbey, Ph.D. Rice University (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
Scott Grayson, Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley (Chemistry)
Nancy Hopkins, Ph.D. Tulane University (Cell & Molecular Biology)
Fiona Inglis, Ph.D. University of Glasglow (Cell & Molecular Biology)
Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah, Ph.D University of Texas, Austin (Chemistry)
David Mullin, Ph.D. Univ. of Texas, Austin (Cell & Molecular Biology)
Kim O'Connor, Ph.D. Cal Tech (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Robert Pascal, PhD. Rice University (Chemistry)
Wayne Reed, Ph.D. Clarkson University (Physics)
Igor Rubtsov, Ph.D. Inst. for Chemical Physics, Moscow (Chemistry)
Laura Schrader, Ph.D. Tulane University,(Cell & Molecular Biology)

Programs Offered

Biological Chemistry Courses

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Suite 500, Lindy Claiborne Boggs Center
Phone: 504-865-5897
Fax: 504-862-8779



Nicholas J. Altiero, Professor and Dean; Ph.D., The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Donald P. Gaver, Alden J. “Doc” Laborde Professor and Department Chair, Director of Graduate Studies; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Cedric F. Walker P.E., Professor and Associate Chair, Freshman Programs; Ph.D., Duke University

Associate Professors

Ronald C. Anderson, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Tulane University
Damir B. Khismatullin, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Bashkir State University

Assistant Professors

Tabassum (Taby) Ahsan, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
J. Quincy Brown, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Louisiana Tech University
Michael J. Moore, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Walter Lee Murfee, Assistant Professor; Ph.D. University of Virginia
Sergey S. Shevkoplyas, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Boston University

Senior Professor of Practice

Michael Dancisak; Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Minnesota.

Professors of the Practice

San Hla Aung; Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Tulane University
Lars G. Gilbertson; Ph.D. Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Iowa
Annette B. Oertling P.E.; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Tulane University

Professors Emeriti

Paul L. Nunez, Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., University of California at San Diego
David A. Rice P.E., Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., Purdue University
William C. Van Buskirk P.E., Professor and Chair Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering, Dean Emeritus of Engineering; Ph.D., Stanford University


The undergraduate program in biomedical engineering is built upon a rigorous engineering science foundation that is, in turn, based upon a broad curriculum of natural sciences, mathematics, electives in humanities and social sciences, and design. Although students are encouraged to concentrate their professional electives in a subfield of interest in biomedical engineering (e.g., biomechanics, bioelectronics, bioelectricity, biomaterials, or tissue engineering) or biomedical sciences (for premed students), there are no formal “tracks” within the sequence. The undergraduate curriculum is designed primarily to prepare our undergraduates for advanced study. More than two-thirds of our graduates continue on to graduate or professional training after graduation from Tulane. We believe that this curriculum also prepares our students to enter directly into the workforce. We have a philosophy of ‘rigorous breadth’ in biomedical engineering which can best be characterized by the undergraduate curriculum described below.

Tulane University BMEN Undergraduate Curriculum

The Biomedical Engineering curriculum is continuously evolving with the field. Below, we provide the curriculum for the Class of 2013-2017. Up-to-date curricula for each class can be found at

Freshman Year, Semester One: 18 Hours
Course Title (Credit Hours)
MATH 1210 Calculus I (4)
CHEM 1070/1170 General Chemistry I & Lab (4)
ENGL 1010 Writing (4)
PHYS 1310 General Physics I & Lab (4)
TIDES Tulane Inter. Exp. Sem. (1)
***** *Service Learn (1) (1st or 2nd year)

Freshman Year, Semester Two: 18 Hours
MATH 1220 Calculus II (4)
CHEM 1080/1180 General Chemistry II & Lab (4)
CULT Cultural Knowledge Elective (3)
PHYS 1320 General Physics II & Lab (4)
ENGP 1410 Statics (3)

Sophomore Year, Semester One: 17 Hours
MATH 2210 Calculus III (4)
CELL 1010/2115 General Biology I & Lab (4)
ENGP 2010 Circuits (3)
ENGP 2430 Mechanics of Materials (3)
BMEN 2310 Product & Experimental Design (3)

Sophomore Year, Semester Two: 18 Hours
MATH 2240 Applied Math (Diff Eqns.) (4)
BMEN 2600 Intro Organic& Bio-Chemistries (3)
BMEN 2730 Biomedical Electronics & Lab (4)
ENGP 3120 Materials Science & Engr (3)
BMEN 2020 Comput. Concepts and Appl (4)

Junior Year, Semester One: 16 Hours
BMEN 3030/3035 Anatomy & Physiology for Engineers & Lab (4)
BMEN 3440 Biofluid Mechanics (3)
BMEN 3710 BMEN Seminar (0)
BMEN 3xxx “Domain” class (3)
**PELECT Professional Elective (3)
CULT Cultural Knowledge Elective (3)

Junior Year, Semester Two: 15 Hours
BMEN 3060/3160 Quantitative Physiology & Lab (4)
BMEN 3820 Math Modeling (3)
BMEN 3xxx “Domain” class (3)
BMEN 4900 Research & Prof. Practice (2)
CULT Cultural Knowledge Elective (3)

Senior Year, Semester One: 13 Hours
BMEN 4030 Team Design I (2)
BMEN 4910 Research & Prof. Practice II (2)
BMEN 6710 BMEN Seminar (0)
CULT Cultural Knowledge Elective (3)
CULT Cultural Knowledge Elective (3)
**PELECT Professional Elective (3)

Senior Year, Semester Two: 12 Hours
BMEN 4040 Team Design II (3)
BMEN 6720 BMEN Seminar (0)
CULT Cultural Knowledge Elective (3)
**PELECT Professional Elective (3)
**PELECT Professional Elective (3)

* Students are required to take a 1-hour “service learning” course before the end of the Sophomore year
** One Professional Elective must be a BMEN 6xxx advanced class, following up on a BMEN 3xxx domain class

Tulane Core Requirements

The BMEN curriculum satisfies the Tulane University Core Curriculum requirements of:

Department of Biomedical Engineering Requirements

Professional Electives

The four professional electives listed in the BMEN curriculum include at least one BMEN 6000-level course, taken as a follow-up to a Junior-year “domain” class. The other professional elective courses may be any courses that meet the student's professional goals. Up to two ROTC courses may be used to meet this requirement. Premedical students may use the professional electives in the junior year to take organic chemistry; however, many premedical students prefer to take organic chemistry during the summer. Some medical schools require a second English course, and this can be one of the humanities electives. Most medical schools also require an additional semester of biology with laboratory, and this is also considered as a professional elective.

Domain Classes

Five different “Domain” classes are offered during the Junior year to introduce current research areas in Biomedical Engineering. Each student chooses at least two from this list:

Research and Design Experiences

Hallmarks of our curriculum are the research and design experiences that are coordinated through the two semester sequences in Professional Practice and Design (4900, 4910) and Team Design (4030, 4040). Every student participates in an individual research project as well as a team design project.

The team design projects, which recently have been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, are tailored to the needs of individuals with disabilities who are referred to the department by several community agencies. The team designs are evaluated for safety and then presented and judged in a public design competition. The team design experience of working for an extended period with a handicapped client--while having the opportunity to apply engineering foundations and real-world design and construction skills to assist the client--has been extremely rewarding for our students. Participation in the team design experience satisfies the Tulane University upper-division public service requirement.

Each student also participates in an individual year-long research project generally with a biomedical engineering faculty member or with faculty in departments of the Tulane or LSU medical schools. The list of research projects covers an impressive range of activities. The students thus have substantial research experience--while still undergraduates--that includes writing a comprehensive thesis describing the research performed and an oral presentation of the work to the faculty and fellow students during the annual Undergraduate Research Day Conference.


Many biomedical engineering students elect to pursue a major or minor offered by another department. Minors in Mathematics or Business are frequently chosen. Information on specific requirements (typically 6 – 7 courses) can be found elsewhere in this catalog. Courses that are required for the BMEN major (e.g. MATH 1210, 1220, 2210, and 2240) can also be counted towards the minor in Math or any other field.

Minor in Biomedical Engineering for Engineering Major

Students in chemical and biomolecular engineering or engineering physics may earn a Minor in
biomedical engineering through completion of the following courses:

And 1 course selected from the list of domain classes above.

Minor in Biomedical Engineering for Non-Engineering Major

I. Prerequisite Courses:
II. Engineering Courses: (required of all Biomedical Engineering minors)
III. Any three courses chosen from the following list:


A course with a three-digit number, such as 1010, lasts for one semester. A course with a double number, such as 1010-1020, lasts for both semesters. Courses with numbers from 1000 to 1990 are ordinarily open to first-year students; 2000 to 2990 are ordinarily open to sophomores; 3000 to 3990 are ordinarily open to juniors; 4000 to 4990 are ordinarily open to seniors; 6000 to 6990 are open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students; and 7000 to 7990, to graduate students only.

Programs Offered

Biomedical Engineering Courses

Cell and Molecular Biology

Office: 2000 Percival Stern Hall
Phone: (504) 865-5546
Fax: (504) 865-6785
YiPing Chen, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Frank Jones, Ph.D., McMaster University, Ontario
Ken Muneoka, Ph.D., California, Irvine
Jeffrey Tasker, Ph.D., Bordeaux, France
Leonard B. Thien, Ph.D., California, Los Angeles
Associate Professors
Carol Burdsal, Ph.D., Duke
Fiona Inglis, Ph.D., Glasgow
David A. Mullin, Ph.D., Texas, Austin (Chair)
Assistant Professors
Ben Hall, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
Laura Schrader, Ph.D., Tulane
Nandini Vasudevan, Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science
Professors of Practice
Cherif Boudaba, Ph.D., University of Bordeaux, France, 2001
James Cronin, Ph.D., Tulane University, 1990
Robert Dotson, Ph.D., Tulane University, 1998
Nancy Hopkins, Ph.D., Tulane University, 1992
Meena Vijayaraghavan, Ph.D., University of Madras, India, 1994

The curriculum in the Cell and Molecular Biology Department is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of cell and molecular biology. Students will learn how cell and molecular techniques can be used to answer fundamental biological questions and solve problems in medicine and biotechnology.

Programs Offered

Cell and Molecular Biology Courses

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Offices: 300 Lindy Boggs Building
Phone: 504-865-5772
Fax: (504)865-6744
Vijay T. John, Eng.Sc.D., Columbia University
Victor John Law, P.E., Ph.D., Tulane University
Brian S. Mitchell, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Kim C. O’Connor, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Kyriakos D. Papadopoulos, Eng.Sc.D., Columbia University
Lawrence R. Pratt, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Anne Skaja Robinson, Department Chair, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professors
Henry S. Ashbaugh, Ph.D., University of Delaware
W. T. Godbey, Ph.D., Rice University
Assistant Professors
Noshir S. Pesika, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
Professor of Practice
John C. Prindle, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Professor Emeritus
Richard D. Gonzalez, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
Adjunct Professor
Tessy Lopez Goerne, Ph.D. National Metropolitan University of Mexico

Departmental Mission

The mission of the Department is to provide the highest quality programs to educate students at all levels in the principles and applications of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, within the environment of Tulane University. As part of this mission, students perform innovative and high quality research that advances engineering solutions as applied to health, energy, and the environment.

The Undergraduate Curriculum

The coursework necessary to graduate with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering can be grouped into the following categories: (1) the engineering courses, including the core chemical engineering courses, engineering technical electives, and the advanced chemistry courses; (2) the basic science and mathematics sequence, which also satisfy the university’s scientific inquiry requirements; (3) the university’s cultural knowledge (humanities, fine arts, and social science) elective courses, TIDES, public service, and the writing requirement; and (4) the technical/engineering elective courses.

The department offers great flexibility in the choice of technical/engineering electives. This flexibility provides the student with significant exposure to technical and business fields that are distinct from chemical engineering, but that help develop complementary skills very useful to a chemical engineer’s career goals. This is done by developing a “concentrations-oriented” sequence of technical electives in biomolecular engineering, environmental studies, or materials engineering. Students who wish to obtain advanced degrees in chemical engineering may also take introductory level graduate courses to enhance preparation for graduate school. Students who do not wish to specialize in the concentration-oriented technical elective sequence have a wide variety of courses from which to choose their technical electives.

The Concentration Oriented Curriculum

Technical Electives

In addition to the required core chemical engineering courses, the basic science and mathematics sequence, and the cultural knowledge courses, four technical electives will be required; two of which must be in one of the engineering subjects areas (e.g. CENG, BMEN, ENGR, or ENGP). These technical electives may (but need not) constitute a concentration in one of four areas: biomolecular engineering, environmental studies, and materials engineering. A concentration consists of four courses in the following tracks:

1. Biomolecular Engineering

CENG 2500 (required course), and 4 courses chosen from:
CENG 4400, CENG 4450, CENG 4460, CENG 4710, CELL 1010, CELL 2050, CELL 3010, CELL 3110, BMEN 3030/3130, BMEN 3040/3140.

2. Environmental Studies

CENG 4130/6130, and three courses chosen from Environmental Biology, Environmental Geology, or Environmental Studies. These three courses must be approved by the department.

3. Materials Engineering

ENGR 3120, CHEM 3210 (also an Adv. Chem. Elective) and 3 courses chosen from:
CENG 4130/6130, CENG 4550/6550, CENG 4890, BMEN 3230.

With the exception of Environmental Studies, each of the above concentrations contains two or more courses from an engineering subject area. Note that for the Environmental studies concentration, additional engineering courses will be required to satisfy the engineering technical elective requirement.

Other Technical Electives

Technical electives are normally engineering, science, math, or approved business courses. Approved business courses are ACCN 2010, ACCN 3010, FINE 3010, MHSC 3010, and CBMA 3010. Note that several of these require prequisites (e.g. ECON 1010, MATH 1230, and PSYC 1010) which students may or may not be able to use to satisfy their cultural knowledge requriements. Students may also petition the department through their adviser or the department chair, to have courses fulfill the technical elective requirement. The student should submit a brief request, in writing, indicating which course is being submitted for approval. The course catalog description of the course and most recent syllabus (available through the department of instruction) must accompany the request. The student will be informed in writing within two weeks of the request whether the course has been approved as a technical elective. It will then be general policy that this course is acceptable as a technical elective, and will be added to the list of approved technical electives. An Advanced Technical Elective is a 3000-level or above course that meets the above requirements. An advanced engineering technical elective is a 3000-level or above course from an engineering subject area.

Undergraduate Core Requirements

The following courses are required by the university to obtain a degree:

Certain modifications to the freshman program may be made by:

Each freshman is assigned an individual faculty adviser early in the first semester and is expected to consult with him or her regularly. Each upper class is assigned a faculty member to serve as the advisor. Faculty members keep posted office hours for that purpose and are readily available for conferences.

ROTC Courses

ROTC courses, if elected, are taken in addition to the normal courses. ROTC students may receive 6 technical elective credits for their ROTC courses.

Premedical Curriculum in Chemical Engineering

A premedical program via the chemical engineering curriculum provides an excellent foundation for medical studies. If the student does not proceed to medical school, there is an opportunity for a professional career in industry.

Minors and Second Majors

A Chemical Engineering student may also elect to pursue a major or minor in another division of the university. Anyone who is interested should contact the appropriate department chair and work out a program of courses. This should be approved by the department chair and forwarded to the dean’s office. When all requirements are met, the transcript will reflect that a major or minor has been completed.

Programs Offered

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Courses


Office: 2015 Percival Stern Hall
Phone: (504) 865-5573
Fax: (504) 865-5596
Larry D. Byers, Ph.D., Princeton
Mark J. Fink, Ph.D., Wisconsin
Michael F. Herman, Ph.D., Chicago
Brent D. Koplitz, Ph.D., Princeton (Chair)
Joel T. Mague, Ph.D., M.I.T.
Gary L. McPherson, Ph.D., Illinois (Senior Associate Dean, School of Science and Engineering)
Robert A. Pascal, Jr., Ph.D., Rice
Igor V. Rubtsov, Ph.D., Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Russell H. Schmehl, Ph.D., North Carolina

Mark Sulkes, Ph.D., Cornell

Associate Professor

Alexander L. Burin, Ph.D., Moscow Institute of Physics and Engineering

James P. Donahue, Ph.D., Harvard
Scott Grayson, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah, Ph.D., Texas, Austin
Professors of Practice
Heiko Jacobsen, Ph.D., University of Calgary
Carol Zhang, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
William L. Alworth, Ph.D., California, Berkeley
Harry E. Ensley, Ph.D., Harvard
Mel Levy, Ph.D., Indiana

Freshman Programs

Students who take chemistry to satisfy the science requirement of the B.A. curriculum must elect Chemistry 1070 and 1170. Science majors, engineering students, and students fulfilling medical school requirements should take Chemistry 1070 and 1170 and 1080 and 1180. One semester placement credit will be awarded with an AP score of "4" and a full year with an AP score of 5. In addition, advanced placement may be granted in accordance with the results of a special placement examination given upon petition.

Honors Courses

Students who elect H4990 and H5000 with the preparation of a senior research thesis may be recommended to the college for the award of degree with departmental honors.

Programs Offered

Chemistry Courses

Computer Science

Office: 303 Stanley Thomas Hall
Phone: (504) 865-5785
Fax: (504) 865-5786

Coordinate Major

The Tulane Computer Science Coordinate Major allows students to complete a series of courses in computer science, as well as a capstone course that demonstrates the application of computer science to a related subject. Students must complete a major in another discipline, which is normally the area of application for their studies in computer science, but any area in which a student is pursuing extensive course work can serve as the area of application. Upon successful completion of the coordinate major, the student's transcript will reflect the fact that the student has completed the coordinate major in computer science with a focus on the area of application.

Computer Science Faculty

Michael Mislove, Professor (Chair)
Ph.D., 1969, University of Tennessee
Research Interests: Topological Algebra, Domain Theory, Ordered Structures, Category Theory, Non-well-founded Set Theory, the Semantics of High-Level Programming Languages, Concurrency Theory, Process Algebra and Probabilistic Models
Ramgopal Mettu, Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2002, University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: Focused on the design and analysis of algorithms with guarantees on running time and solution quality that are necessary for the principled study of experimental and biological phenomena.
K. Brent Venable, Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2005, University of Padova
Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence.
Carola Wenk, Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2002, Freie Universität Berlin
Research Interests: Algorithms and computational geometry, with a focus on shape matching algorithms and interdisciplinary applications ranging from computational biology to intelligent transportation systems.

Here is a brief outline of the coordinate major:

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Office: 101 Blessey Hall
Phone: (504) 865-5198
Fax: (504) 865-5199
Mead A. Allison, Ph.D., SUNY-Stony Brook
Karen H. Johannesson, Ph.D., Nevada, Reno
Torbjörn E. Törnqvist, Ph.D., Utrecht (Chair)
Associate Professors
Nancye H. Dawers, Ph.D., Columbia
George C. Flowers, Ph.D., California, Berkeley
Stephen A. Nelson, Ph.D., California, Berkeley
Assistant Professors
Nicole M. Gasparini, Ph.D., MIT
Bradley E. Rosenheim, Ph.D., Miami
Kyle M. Straub, Ph.D., MIT
Professors of Practice
Jeff Agnew, Ph.D., LSU
Jeff Sigler, Ph.D., Yale

Programs Offered

Note theEnvironmental Studies major is offered through the school of Liberal Arts while theEnvironmental Science major is offered through the School of Science and Engineering.

Earth and Environmental Sciences Courses

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Office: 400 Lindy Boggs Center
Phone: (504) 865-5191
Fax: (504) 862-8706
Henry L. Bart, Ph.D., Oklahoma
Steven P. Darwin, Ph.D., Massachusetts, Amherst
David C. Heins, Ph.D., Tulane (Chair)
Thomas W. Sherry, Ph.D., California, Los Angeles
Associate Professor
Michael J. Blum, Ph.D., Duke
Assistant Professors
Elizabeth Derryberry, Ph.D., Duke

Jordan Karubian, Ph.D., Chicago

Corinne L. Richards-Zawacki, Ph.D., Michigan
Caroline M. Taylor, Ph.D., California, Davis
Sunshine Van Bael, Ph.D., Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Professors of Practice
John H. Caruso, Ph.D., Tulane
Bruce E. Fleury, Ph.D., Tulane
Donatta R. Henry, Ph.D., Tulane
Stuart S. Bamforth, Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Milton Fingerman, Ph.D., Northwestern

Programs Offered

Courses Suitable for Non-Scientists

The department offers a number of courses that are especially appropriate for satisfying the science distribution requirements, including the laboratory course requirement. There are no prerequisites for any of these courses which are listed below. These courses will also count toward major or minor requirements in the department unless otherwise indicated. Details are given below and in the course descriptions that follow.

EBIO 1040 Global Environmental Change
EBIO 1230 Diversity in Animal Behavior
EBIO 2010 Evolution in Human Health and Disease
EBIO 2030 History of Life
EBIO 2110 Tropical Biology
EBIO 2210 Insect Biology
EBIO 2330 Natural History of Louisiana

Courses Fulfilling Laboratory Course Requirement in the Core Curriculum

EBIO 1010 Diversity of Life
EBIO 1015 Diversity of Life Laboratory
EBIO 2330 Natural History of Louisiana
EBIO 2335 Natural History of Louisiana Laboratory
EBIO 3180 Plants and Human Affairs
EBIO 3185 Plants and Human Affairs Laboratory
EBIO 3330 Human Physiology
EBIO 3335 Mammalian Anatomy and Histology Laboratory

Honors Courses

EBIO H1040 Global Environmental Change
EBIO H4990 Honors Thesis
EBIO H5000 Honors Thesis

Freshman Introductory Courses

EBIO 1010 Diversity of Life
EBIO 1015 Diversity of Life Laboratory
EBIO 1040 Global Environmental Change

Lecture and LaboratoryCourses

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Courses

Engineering Science

Contact: Beth Wee
Office: School of Science and Engineering
201 Lindy Boggs Center
Phone: (504) 865-5764


(504) 862-8747

Minor in Engineering Science:

Engineering Science Minor

Environmental Science

Office:205 Blessey Hall
Phone: (504) 865-5198
Fax: (504) 865-5199

Academic Advisor

George C. Flowers, Earth & Environmental Sciences (Director)

Faculty Associates

Jeffrey G. Agnew, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Mead Allison, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Henry L. Bart, Ecology& Evolutionary Biology
Michael J. Blum, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
John H. Caruso, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Steven P. Darwin, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Nancye H. Dawers, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Elizabeth P. Derryberry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Bruce E. Fleury, Ecology& Evolutionary Biology
George C. Flowers, Earth& Environmental Sciences
Nicole M. Gasparini, Earth & Environmental Sciences
David C. Heins, Ecology& Evolutionary Biology
Donata R. Henry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Karen H. Johannesson, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Jordan Karubian, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
John A. McLachlan, Weatherhead Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies
Gary L. McPherson, Chemistry
Stephen A. Nelson, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Cori Richards-Zawacki, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
John Schenck, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Thomas W. Sherry, Ecology& Evolutionary Biology
Jeffrey M. Sigler, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Kyle M. Straub, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Caz Taylor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Torbjörn E. Törnqvist, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Sunshine A. Van Bael, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Programs Offered


Office: 24 Gibson Hall
Phone: (504) 865-5727
Fax: (504) 865-5063

Ricardo Cortez, Ph.D., California, Berkeley (Pendergraft William Duren Professor)
Lisa J. Fauci, Ph.D., New York
Morris Kalka, Ph.D., New York (Chair)
James M. Hyman, Ph.D., New York (Evelyn and John G. Phillips Distinguished Chair)
Alexander Kurganov, Ph.D., Tel-Aviv University
Slawomir Kwasik, Ph.D., University of Gdansk
Michael W. Mislove, Ph.D., Tennessee (Pendergraft Herbert Buchanan Professor)
Victor H. Moll, Ph.D., New York
Frank J. Tipler, Ph.D., Maryland
Xuefeng Wang, Ph.D., Minnesota
Alexander D. Wentzell, Ph.D., Steklov Mathematical Institute
Associate Professors
Gustavo Didier, Ph.D., North Carolina
Maurice J. Dupré, Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Tai Huy Ha, Ph.D., Queen's University, Ontario
Michelle Lacey, Ph.D., Yale
Norbert Riedel, Ph.D., Technical University of Munich
Albert L. Vitter III, Ph.D., Princeton
David D. Yang, Ph.D., S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook
Assistant Professors
Mahir B. Can, Ph.D. Pennsylvania
Oleksandr Gromenko, Ph.D., Utah State
Rafal Komendarczyk, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Kun Zhao, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Professors of Practice
Tewodoros Amdeberhan, Ph. D. Temple (Director of Major Program)
Robert Herbert, Ph.D., Queen's University
John E. Diem, Ph.D., Purdue
Laszlo Fuchs, Ph.D., University of Budapest
Pierre A. Grillet, Ph.D., Université de Paris
Terry C. Lawson, Ph.D. Stanford
John Liukkonen, Ph.D., Columbia
James T. Rogers, Jr., Ph.D., California, Riverside

Steven I. Rosencrans, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Introductory Courses

The following information is meant to aid students in planning their programs. It is not a substitute for the advice of the faculty advisors who are familiar with the student's individual situation.

MATH 1110. Pre-requisite: High school algebra. Elementary probability theory with applications; random variables; distributions including a thorough discussion of the binomial, and normal distributions; central limit theorem; histograms; sampling distributions; confidence intervals; tests of hypotheses; linear models; regression and correlation; chi-square test; non-parametric statistics. 1110 is a prerequisite for 1120. Note: These courses do not count toward the Mathematics B.S. requirement in SSE.Students may receive credit for only one of MATH 1110, 1140 or 1230.

MATH 1110, 1120. Not suitable for students who plan three semesters of calculus. Does not count toward the mathematics major.

MATH 1140. Pre-requisite: High school algebra. High school algebra. An introductory statistics course for BSM students using MSExcel. Includes confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for one and two populations and introduction to linear regression. Extensive coverage of data collection and analysis as needed to evaluate statistical results and to make good decisions in business. In comparison to Math 1110, the course spends more time on statistical inference problems, less on probability. This course does not count toward the Mathematics B.S. requirement. Note: Students may receive credit for only one of MATH 1110, 1140 or 1230.

MATH 1150, 1160. These courses are intended for students without a strong background in mathematics. The material presented in Calculus 1210 is covered in two semesters. This course will prepare the student to continue with the regular calculus sequence. If a student receives credit for 1150 or 1160, the student may not receive credit for 1210. After finishing 1150-1160, the student can register for 1220. A student may not register for this course after receiving credit for 1210.

MATH 1210, 1220 Intended primarily for students with solid backgrounds in high school algebra, trigonometry, and precalculus. These courses are prerequisites for most upper division mathematics courses. If a student has already received credit for 1210, the student may not receive credit for 1150 or 1160. A student may not receive credit for both 1220 and 1310. 1210 is a prerequisite for 1220.

MATH 1230. Pre-requisite: MATH 1210 or permission of instructor. The objective of this course is to provide a practical overview of the statistical methods and models most likely to be encountered by scientists in practical research applications. Students will learn statistical concepts by generating and analyzing stochastic datasets using the Minitab software package. Specific topics that will be covered in this course include discrete and continuous distributions, sampling methods, and descriptive statistics, the Central Limit Theorem and its applications, estimation methods, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, and Analysis of Variance. Students may receive credit for only one of MATH 1110, 1140 or 1230. Only MATH 1230 counts towards the B.S. degree.

MATH 1310 Intended for students with prior knowledge of calculus. A score of 3 or higher in the Calculus AP test or permission of the undergraduate coordinator is required for admission. A student may not receive credit for both 1220 and 1310. Students with no prior AP credit in calculus may gain credit for 1210 by getting a B- or better in 1310 in addition to credit for 1310.

APExamination Credit Granted by the Department

Subject Score Credit/Course Recommended Placement
Calculus AB 5 4 credit hours, (1210) 1310
Calculus AB 4 4 credit hours, (1210) 1310
Calculus AB 3 no credit 1310
Calculus BC 5 8 credit hours, (1210, 1220) 2210
Calculus BC 4 8 credit hours, (1210, 1220) 2210
Calculus BC 3, AB sub-score 4 or 5 4 credit hours, (1210) 1310
Calculus BC 3 no credit 1310

Junior Year Abroad

Students planning a major in mathematics and to participate in the Junior Year Abroad (JYA) program are advised to consult a major advisor when planning their sophomore programs. Participants in the JYA Program majoring in mathematics must successfully complete two courses in mathematics at the 3000-level or above after returning from abroad.


The purpose of the Honors Program in mathematics is to provide exceptional students with an opportunity to complete an intensive program in their major area and to receive recognition for that work. This program is recommended for students who wish to do graduate work in mathematics or related sciences. Honors in mathematics requires a 3.5 grade-point average in all courses taken in mathematics and in related courses serving to fulfill major requirements. Honors also requires an honors thesis. The honors thesis must be under the supervision of a member of the mathematics faculty and must receive prior approval from the student's major advisor. The student receives six credits for the project, which is carried out over a two semester period. It must include a prospectus, a paper, and an oral presentation. Students wishing to complete an honors thesis, must declare their intention to complete an honors project during their junior year.

Programs Offered

Mathematics Courses


Office: 2013 Percival Stern Hall
Phone: (504) 862-3305 or (504) 314-7548 or (504) 862-3307
Fax: (504) 862-8744
Program Administrators
Gary Dohanich, Psychology
Jeffrey Tasker, Cell and Molecular Biology
Beth Wee, Psychology
Program Faculty
Paul Colombo, Psychology
David Corey, Psychology
James Cronin, Cell and Molecular Biology
Jill Daniel, Psychology
Edward Golob, Psychology
Benjamin Hall, Cell and Molecular Biology
Thomas Hebert, Psychology
Harry Howard, Linguistics
Fiona Inglis, Cell and Molecular Biology
Laura Schrader, Cell and Molecular Biology
Nandini Vasudevan, Cell and Molecular Biology

Programs Offered

Neuroscience Courses

Physics and Engineering Physics

Office: 2001 Percival Stern Hall
Phone: (504) 865-5520
Fax: (504) 862-8702

Nicholas Altiero, Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (Dean, School of Science and Engineering)
Douglas B. Chrisey, Ph.D., University of Virginia (Jung Chairin Materials Engineering)
Lev Kaplan, Ph.D., Harvard (Associate Chair)
James M. MacLaren, Ph.D., Imperial College, London (Dean, Newcomb-Tulane College)
Zhiqiang Mao, Ph.D., University of Science & Technology, China (Nicholas J. Altiero Professor in Science and Engineering) (Chair)
Wayne F. Reed, Ph.D., Clarkson (Murchison-Mallory Professor of Physics)
George T. Rosensteel, Ph.D., Toronto
Frank J. Tipler, Ph.D., Maryland
Fred Wietfeldt, Ph.D., California, Berkeley
Assistant Professors
Matthew Escarra, Ph.D., Princeton University
Noa Marom, Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science
Diyar Talbayev, Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Jiang Wei, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
Senior Professors of the Practice
Khazhgery "Jerry" Shakov, Ph.D., Tulane University
Timothy Schuler, Ph.D., Tulane University
Professors of the Practice
Michelle Hewlett Sanchez, Ph.D., Stanford University (Assistant Director of K-12 STEM Outreach)
Norman Horwitz, B.M.E., University of Pittsburgh; M.S., Polytechnic Institute of New York
Guy Norton, Ph.D., Tulane University
Research Professors
Alina M. Alb, Ph.D., Tulane University
Ulrike Diebold, Ph.D., Technische Universitaet Wien, Vienna
John P. Perdew, Ph.D., Cornell
Adrienn Ruzsinszky, Ph.D., Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Jianmin Tao, Ph.D., Tulane University
Adjunct Professors
Gábor Csonka, Ph.D., Budapest University of Technology
Stefano Curtarolo, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Don Gaver (Professor of Biomedical Engineering), Ph.D., Northwestern University
Vijay John (Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering), D.Eng.Sci., Columbia University
Lawrence Pratt (Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering), Ph.D., University of Illinois
Dmitry Uskov, Ph.D., Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
David L. Ederer, Ph.D., Cornell
James H. McGuire, Ph.D., Northeastern
Robert D. Purrington, Ph.D., Texas A&M

Overview of Programs

The Tulane Department of Physics and Engineering Physics offers the undergraduate degrees of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics and Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) in Engineering Physics. The Department also offers a dual degree program with both a B.S. in Physics (3 years at Tulane) and a B.S.E. in various traditional engineering disciplines (2 years at a partner institution). In addition the Department offers the post-graduate degrees of M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics.

Courses for Science and Engineering Majors

Note: The department offers both calculus-based general physics (1310 and 1320) and non-calculus general physics (1210 and 1220). Premedical students may elect either 1210-1220 or 1310-1320. Physics 1310 and 1320 are designed primarily for majors in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

Dual Physics and Engineering Degree Program

Dual Degree Students may earn a B.S. degree in physics from Tulane and a B.S.E. degree in mechanical, electrical, civil, or environmental engineering from a partner institution (currently Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins University). This competitive program involves three years of study at Tulane followed by two at the partner institution.

Pre-Graduate Training in Physics

The student who intends to continue graduate work in physics should complete at least 32 credits in physics including 1310, 1320, 2350, 2360, 3630, 3740, 4230, 4470, and 4650. Students are encouraged to undertake a research project and write a senior honors thesis under the supervision of a physics faculty member. Recommended mathematics courses include 3050, 3090, 4060, 4210, and 4300. Courses in scientific computing, e.g., PHYS 3170 or MATH 3310 are also recommended.

4+1 Program

This program allows students to obtain a Master’s Degree in five years, by enabling them to take graduate level courses as an undergraduate. Please consult the physics advisor for details.

Dual Majors

Dual majors are encouraged, however students may not major in both Physics and Engineering Physics due to the substantial overlap.

Programs Offered

Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy Courses


Office: 2007 Percival Stern Hall
Phone: (504) 865-5331
Fax: (504) 862-8744

Oscar A. Barbarin, Ph.D., Rutgers (The Lila L. and Douglas J. Hertz Endowed Chair in Psychology)
Michael Cunningham, Ph.D., Emory (Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow)
Gary P. Dohanich, Ph.D., Michigan State (Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow)
Jeffrey J. Lockman, Ph.D., Minnesota
Bonnie K. Nastasi, Ph.D. Kent State
Stacy Overstreet, Ph.D., Tulane (Chair)
Janet B. Ruscher, Ph.D., Massachusetts, Amherst (Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow)
Associate Professors
Terry E. Christenson, Ph.D., California, Berkeley
Paul J. Colombo, Ph.D., California, Berkeley
Jill M. Daniel, Ph.D., Tulane
Edward J. Golob, Ph.D., Dartmouth
Lisa A. Molix, Ph.D., Missouri
Laurie T. O'Brien, Ph.D., Kansas
R. Enrique Varela, Ph.D., Kansas
Assistant Professors
Courtney N. Baker, Ph.D., Massachusetts-Amherst
Lisa Szechter, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State
Professors of Practice
David M. Corey, Ph.D., Tulane
Thomas Hebert, Ph.D., Tulane
Constance K. Patterson, Ph.D., Illinois State
Beth E. F. Wee, Ph.D., Michigan State
Carrie Wyland, Ph.D., Dartmouth
Lawrence Dachowski, Ph. D., Illinois
Arnold A. Gerall, Ph.D., Iowa State
Barbara E. Moely, Ph.D., Minnesota
Edgar C. O'Neal, Ph.D., Missouri

Programs Offered

Psychology Courses