Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology

  • General and clinical tracks
  • Thorough preparation for graduate study
  • Internship opportunities 

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The Department of Psychology attempts to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of human behavior, stressing its complexity, development and integration. The department is committed to a broad interdisciplinary study of humanity. Because psychology is an empirically-based discipline, the scientific nature of psychology is emphasized in both general and specialized courses. The Psychology curriculum is designed to meet the diversified needs of today's students. For the Psychology major, this includes an integrated sequence of learning experiences that prepare the student for multiple career options after graduation. In view of the importance of advanced degrees in psychology, a thorough preparation for graduate work is emphasized. An undergraduate major in psychology is the best preparation for graduate training in psychology and is also an acceptable major for graduate study in a variety of related fields. Bachelor's-level career paths are also frequently pursued by graduates of the department (e.g., in business, government and clinical settings).

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Ed Crawley
Associate Professor
Coordinator, Graduate and Undergraduate Psychology Programs

Francis J. DeMatteo, Ed.D., NCSP
Associate Professor
Coordinator, School Psychology Program

Bradley Janey
Psychology & Counseling Department Chair

The William G. McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies offers a multitude of resources for student training in Counseling and Psychology, supporting students in their clinical training, the development of multimedia training materials, student research, psychological testing, and electronic communication. These include:

  • Psychological Services Center
  • Shared Research Laboratory
  • Stress and Coping Laboratory
  • Neuropsychology Laboratory
  • Psychology Laboratory
  • Psychology Assessment Laboratory

A background in psychology from Marywood will serve you well in almost any area of endeavor, because the faculty seeks to provide you with an in-depth understanding of human behavior and is committed to a broad interdisciplinary study of humanity. You'll be trained in scientific and critical thinking, and in research methods and computer use; you'll learn to see psychology as an approach to solving problems and discovering new ideas. Knowledge gained at Marywood can serve as a basis for the graduate work needed for careers in such areas as clinical, industrial/organizational, health, social, experimental psychology, and more. Or, you can use your studies as a springboard for a variety of careers from criminologist or counselor to personnel manager or statistical researcher.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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The student who majors in Psychology is required to complete a total of 48 credits in Psychology (60 credits in the I/O program track, including credits from Psychology and Business). The core sequence of courses required of all Psychology Majors includes the following courses:

PSYC 211
General Psychology
PSYC 251
Developmental Psychology
PSYC 270
Psychological Applications of Statistics 3
PSYC 314 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 325
Sensation and Perception
PSYC 315
Contemporary Approaches to Learning
PSYC 410 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 421 Experimental Psychology I 3
PSYC 422 Experimental Psychology II 3
PSYC 450 Personality Psychology 3
PSYC 490 Senior Seminar 3


Psychology majors are advised to schedule MATH 216, Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. It also is suggested that, where possible, majors take Biology 130, Anatomy and Physiology. Students must earn a total of 126 credits across the major, core, and electives in order to be awarded the baccalaureate degree.