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Academic Programs

At UL Lafayette, we're proud to be a vibrant scientific community that pushes the boundaries of education and research. Our students and faculty share a passion for exploration and discovery, which is one of the many reasons UL Lafayette has been designated as a “Research University with High Research Activity" by the Carnegie Foundation. We're eager to share what we're learning so that you are equipped with the skills you need to be a leading professional in your field.

The Ray P. Authement College of Sciences is the home of biological, physical, and mathematical sciences at UL Lafayette, as well as the University's military science program. Students who go through our programs have access to the latest in technology and learn from some of the greatest minds in their respective fields. Our programs are designed to help you take an active role in your education through projects, internships, and even competitions.

Learn more about our eight bachelor's degrees, five master's degrees, and three doctoral degrees and begin your journey with us today!

New Master's Programs

MS in Environmental Resource Science

The new (Fall 2017) interdisciplinary Master of Science in Environmental Resource Science at UL Lafayette focuses on two of our world's most critical resources: water and soil. Our aim is to educate and prepare you for a career in which you investigate, characterize and manage those water and soil resources responsibly and effectively.

In our environmental science graduate program, we emphasize scholarly research and how to apply that research in industry. Our research areas include water quality and resources, hydrogeology, wetland and coastal systems, climate reconstruction, isotope geochemistry, soil resources and remediation, and more. Learn more about our environmental science research.

Our location in Lafayette, LA, helps make the School of Geosciences the ideal place to earn your graduate degree in environmental science. We have a strong agricultural industry, close ties to the oil and gas industry, and we are home to 40 percent of the country's freshwater wetlands—meaning you will have an abundance of research, internship, and career opportunities in your own backyard.

MS in Informatics

UL Lafayette is now home to Louisiana's first Master of Science in Informatics degree program (starting Spring 2018).

Offered by the School of Computing and Informatics, the program takes an interdisciplinary approach to bridging the world of technology and business by preparing students to design and implement enterprise computing — including analytics, reporting, database management, and other software solutions systems — that can be applied in a wide range of industries. Learn more about informatics.

The program is designed to allow you to focus courses around your own interests in business, interactive media technology, system administration, web development, and network security. We emphasize the use of the scientific method to design and develop computing and information technologies, as well as designing, maintaining, and adapting information systems to solve problems while also understanding the needs of the end user.

This is an interdisciplinary graduate degree that provides opportunities to take additional courses in biology, business, geology, math, physics, psychology, and more. This flexibility makes our graduates much more adaptable in their careers since informatics is used in virtually every industry, including healthcare, large-scale retail, space exploration, entertainment, and other non-profit, for-profit, and governmental organizations.