Undergraduate Programs

Admission to Department of Psychology Programs

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.Psychology symbol View Admissions Information for Lamar University.

 

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Designed for students seeking a general understanding of the science of human behavior. Students learn to utilize the tools and techniques of psychologists. This degree plan requires foreign language credits. Employment opportunities for graduates include positions in various social and mental health agencies under the supervision of licensed or certified personnel. Additionally, graduates are prepared for advanced study or careers in industry or business. View Undergraduate degree plan for Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  

Bachelor of Science

This is primarily structured for students planning to pursue graduate study. Physical science and computer science coursework substitute for the foreign language requirement. Career opportunities are available in social, mental health area, and industrial/corporate arenas. View Undergraduate degree plan for Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  

 

Undergraduate Psychology (PSYC) Course Descriptions

2270

Learning and Study Skills

Designed to help students improve their academic skills. Topics include learning styles analysis, active reading skills, test-taking skills, self- monitoring, memory improvement, time management and career orientation.

2301 

General Psychology

An introductory survey of the major areas of psychology such as learning, personality, social, testing, developmental and physiological. Emphasis on psychology as the scientific study of behavior and includes both human and animal behavior.

2315

Lifespan Development

Emphasizes major aspects of psychological development through the life span. Aspects of developmental examined in the course will include cognitive, physical, social, moral, linguistic, and emotional changes through childhood, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood. Areas of focus include psychosocial, biological, and physical influences on psychological development. Normal processes of child and adult psychological development will be emphasized.

2317 

Introduction to Statistical Methods

Statistical concepts and techniques used in behavioral science research. Topics include graphs, measures of position, central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, probability, tests of significance and introduction to non-parametric techniques. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or higher level mathematics course (grade of C or higher).

3301

Advanced Statistics

Advanced statistical concepts and techniques used in behavioral science research. Topics include graphs, measures of position, central tendency, and dispersion, correlation and regression, probability, tests of significance, and basic non-parametric techniques. Extensive use of statistical software. Prerequisite: PSYC 2317 or PSYC 2471 (grade of C or higher).

3302

Methods in Psychology

An introduction to the methods of research employed in the scientific study of behavior. Topics include nature and philosophy of science, descriptive, correlational, and experimental designs, and scientific report writing. This is a writing-intensive course. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher) and PSYC 2317 or PSYC 2471 (grade of C or higher).

3310 

Systems and History of Psychology

Historical development of psychology. Emphasis on the evolution of major systems of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher).

3320 

Psychology of Personality

A study of several of the major theories of personality organization and adjustment processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher).

3330 

Psychology of Social Interaction

Investigation of psychological basis of interpersonal behavior. Emphasis is on the study of individual experience and behavior in relation to the social environment, and how individual behavior both affects and is affected by social interaction. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher).

3340 

Industrial Psychology

Introduction to psychological processes and techniques as they apply in industrial settings. Emphasis on selecting, training and evaluating workers. Emphasis also on organizational influences on behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher).

3360 

Psychological Tests and Measurements

Theory and use of instruments for measurements of intelligence, interests, aptitude and attitudes. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher), PSYC 2317 or PSYC 2471 (grade of C or higher) or equivalent or permission of instructor.

4100, 4300 

Undergraduate Research

Designed to provide an opportunity for advanced psychology students to pursue an individual research project under the direction and supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisites: grade of C or higher in 9 hours of Psychology courses and permission of instructor.

4301 

Special Topics

Selected special topics in the major research fields of contemporary psychology. May include library and/or laboratory work and conferences with a faculty member. A description of the particular area of study will be indicated. A student may repeat the course for credit when the area of study varies. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher) and permission of instructor. Prerequisites may vary with topic.

4310 

Sensation and Perception

A review of research and theory regarding the structure and function of the basic sensory processes and sensory perception. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher) and PSYC 2317 or PSYC 2471 (grade of C or higher).

4320 

Abnormal Psychology

A study of abnormal behavior. Special emphasis on the symptomatology, etiology and therapeutic approaches. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher).

4330

Experimental Psychology

Techniques to demonstrate and investigate concepts in psychology. Includes planning and executing an original research project. This is a writing-intensive, capstone course. Prerequisites: PSYC 3301/3302 or PSYC 3420 (grade of C or higher) and ENGL 3310 (grade of C or higher).

4360 

Learning and Cognition

Theories and research concerning learning and cognitive processes, with a consideration of practical implications. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher).

4380 

Behavioral Neuroscience

Survey of the biological bases of behavior with emphasis on the mechanisms in the central nervous system. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher) and an introductory Biology course (grade of C or higher).

4390

Psychopharmacology 

 

Study of the field of behavioral pharmacology focusing on the effects of drugs on behavior and the neurophysiological mechanisms of action of psychoactive drugs. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 (grade of C or higher) and an introductory Biology course (grade of C or higher).

 Minor in Psychology

The Psychology Department of Lamar University requires a minimum of eighteen (18) hours (9 advanced hours) of psychology courses to qualify for a minor. The department will not accept any grade in the minor below a ‘C’.  Required courses include PSYC 2301 and PSYC 2317 (or PSYC 2471). Students select an additional 12 hours of psychology electives, 9 of which are required to be upper level. Students are encouraged to discuss their course selections with a member of the psychology faculty. 

Scholarships

Mamie McFaddin Ward Scholarship

  • Psychology major, junior or senior classification
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Full time enrollment (12 hours/semester)

Sigmund Greenberg Memorial Scholarship

  • Psychology major
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Full time enrollment (12 hours/semester)

John Darren Murphy Memorial Scholarship

  • Psychology major
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Full time enrollment (12 hours/semester)
  • Leadership qualities
  • Professional potential
  • Demonstrated scholarship, integrity, and sound character traits