Lamar State College–Port Arthur is a college located in Port Arthur, Texas and a Member of The Texas State University System. The two-year institution offers freshman and sophomore level courses in about 50 academic and technical fields of study. Students who complete academic core curriculum courses at the college can transfer those credits to a public four-year institution in Texas. Lamar State’s campus is located on 40 acres of property with 24 buildings, including the Carl Parker Multipurpose Center, the Gates Memorial Library and the Small Business Development Center. The college also operates the Museum of the Gulf Coast along with the City of Port Arthur and Port Arthur Historical Society. The $5.9 million Performing Arts Center, which houses a 400-seat theater, a “black box” theater, musical rehearsal rooms, an art studio, a recording studio, classrooms, rehearsal rooms and faculty offices was completed in 2004. The latest addition to the campus is the $2.1 million Student Success Center, a 7,500 sq. ft. building completed in late 2011. The college’s Department of Music oversees associate degree programs in music, commercial music – studio musician performance, sound engineering technology, plus one-year certificates in sound engineering technology and live sound/sound reinforcement. Lamar State students can join a wide variety of student organizations.