Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and relates to every aspect of human activity. Understanding and predicting behavior are useful skills in a rapidly changing society. Curriculum in psychology is based on American Psychological Association principles for training students to be behavioral scientists and to use their training in behavioral science to inform their practice as professionals.
The applications of psychology span a broad range of study. A few examples include understanding memory and making it more efficient, discerning the bases of human motivation, exploring the development and organization of personality, studying the biological bases of behavior, and understanding the dynamics of group interaction.
Earning a psychology degree results in at least three important benefits. First, it is a versatile and adaptable education. The diverse coursework includes statistical data analysis approaches, research design, computer familiarity, and technical writing skills – all of which are valuable for employment in business and industry.
Secondly, psychology complements other fields of study. It is an excellent springboard to professional schools in law, medicine, seminary, and other disciplines. Thirdly, a psychology graduate is qualified for gainful employment upon graduation.
A degree in psychology provides students with an array of knowledge, skills, and abilities that are highly desirable to employers in fields related to psychology, business, and other domains.
Students wishing to major in psychology must have SAT/ACT scores of approximately 1000/21. Students changing their major to psychology must have acceptable SAT/ACT scores and be in good standing in the University.
Lamar University reserves the right to modify degree requirements and teaching certificate requirements in keeping with legislative acts and rules established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the State Board for Educator Certification.