The Psychology program presents psychology as the science of mental processes and behaviors, providing research results applicable to everyday life and benefiting human welfare. A second purpose is to prepare students for transfer to a university. Upon completion of their program, psychology majors will be able to describe psychological science as a diverse field of research with both academic and practical applications, that encompasses more than a dozen major subfields.
They will be able to identify and explain the four goals of psychology (really, the four goals of science). These goals are description, explanation, prediction, and control of mental processes and behaviors occurring within an individual as well as within inter-personal, cultural, and global contexts.
Students completing the psychology major program will be equipped to use the scientific method to explore healthy mental processes and behaviors, as well as pathological ones. Psychology coursework is done in a variety of subspecialties including social psychology, abnormal psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, personality, psychology of gender and sexuality, and research methods. Psychology curriculum introduces students to many of these subspecialties in preparation for upper-division coursework at a four-year college or university.
DEGREES & CERTIFICATES
Psychology, Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)
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Students who study Psychology develop many transferable skills which make them desirable candidates for hire. A Psychology degree equips students with the ability to predict and understand the behavior of individuals and groups.
Start your career as a professional and/or specialist in the areas below!
Careers with an Associate’s degree
- Applied Behavior Therapist
- Childcare Worker
- Correctional Officer
- Human Service Aide
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Teaching Aide
- Youth Counselor
Careers with a Bachelor’s degree
- Human Resources Specialist
- Market Researcher
- Probation/Parole Officer
- Recreational Therapist
- Social Worker
Careers with a Master’s degree
- Career Counselor
- Community College Professor
- Educational Counselor
- Experimental and Applied Researcher
- Marriage and Family Counselor
Careers with a Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.
- Child Psychologist
- Clinical and Counseling Psychologist
- Experimental and Applied Researcher
- Industrial and Organizational Psychologist
- School Psychologist
- University Professor
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.
What is Psychology?
The academic discipline of psychology is an established science. According to the American Psychological Association, “Psychologists conduct basic and applied research, serve as consultants to communities and organizations, diagnose and treat people, and teach future psychologists and those who will pursue other disciplines. They test intelligence and personality, work as health care providers, and assess behavioral and mental function and well-being. Other psychologists study how human beings relate to each other and machines and work to improve these relationships.”
Why should I choose Psychology as a major?
A degree in psychology provides excellent career opportunities and fosters an understanding of how the study of psychology can enrich relationships, health, and other important aspects of everyday life. Additionally, it helps develop valuable critical thinking skills through exposure to the scientific study of human behavior and training in research methods.
Psychology is an excellent foundation for many graduate programs such as law, business, and criminal justice. It also provides a foundation for many careers in areas such as cognitive neuroscience, industrial and organizational psychology, social psychology, counseling and clinical psychology, and sports, health, rehabilitation, developmental, and educational psychology.
What Psychology courses does the department offer?
- Human Sexuality
- Introduction to Psychology
- Physical Foundations of Psychology
- Psychology of Adjustment
- Psychology of Personality
- Social Psychology Abnormal Psychology
- Research Methods for Psychology
What student clubs or activities are offered within the Psychology Department?
We have several clubs on campus that allow students to engage with the department. The LBCC Psychology Club meets bi-weekly to discuss psychology topics and plan events on and off campus that promote psychology as a discipline. The Psychology Club encourages both majors and non-majors to become involved in research and explores opportunities for community involvement.
Additionally, the LBCC Active Minds Club provides opportunities to those wishing to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and bring awareness to the resources available that promote mental health.