LSU Recommended Paths

  • Each degree program has a Recommended Path that is the optimal path for graduation in four years. These paths outline CATS (critical tracking) criteria that students must complete by the semester indicated to ensure they make minimal progress in their degree programs/majors.
  • Recommended Paths for all majors can be found in the LSU General Catalog. Programs offered by select colleges provide one page 8 semester plans that can be obtained from the Center for Freshman Year ( The College of Engineering provides flowcharts to assist students with degree navigation. 
  • For an overview explanation about Recommended Paths, 8 semester plans, and flowcharts, please watch the video below.