B.S., Clinical Practices

Bachelor of Science, Psychology - Clinical Practices Track

Clinical psychology is one of the largest specialty areas within psychology. Having a passion for discovery, learning, and listening are part of what it takes to be successful as a psychologist who delivers clinical or counseling services. Psychologists trained to provide clinical services work in research, education, training, and health sectors. Others specialize in areas such as counseling and school psychology. Working with numerous populations, they focus on individual differences, normal and abnormal behavior, mental and emotional health, healthy behaviors and mental disorders and their prevention.

Earning a Bachelor of Science degree with the Psychology - Clinical Practices track at Marywood University will set your career as a psychologist in motion. In this major of the Psychology and Counseling Department, the faculty seek to provide you with an in-depth understanding of human behavior and are committed to a broad interdisciplinary study of humanity. You'll be trained in scientific and critical thinking and in research methods and statistical analysis; you'll learn to see psychology as an approach to solving problems and discovering new ideas. You will gain advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of clinical psychology along with applied experience through internship. 

The 48-credit Clinical Track major involves preparation for professional careers in clinical psychology and related areas, including but not limited to counseling, school psychology, and neuropsychology. The Clinical Track is available for those majors who desire employment in the field immediately after graduation and/or who seek to pursue graduate study in clinical psychology or related areas.

Similar to the General Psychology Track, the Clinical Psychology Track includes four foundation courses that focus on the science of psychology, five core courses that address the major subfields in psychology, and a culminating senior seminar course. In addition to the requirements of the General Psychology Track, the Clinical Psychology Track requires a four-course sequence focused on clinical psychology. Students select an additional six elective credits with recommendations provided by the Department. Finally, the Clinical Psychology Track also requires that the student maintains at least a 3.3 QPA in Psychology and a general overall QPA of 3.0 in order to graduate.

Psychology Majors in the Clinical Track are required to complete the following courses along with 6 elective PSYC credits:

    • Foundation Courses (12 credits total)
      • PSYC 211 - General Psychology
      • PSYC 270 - Psychological Applications of Statistics
      • PSYC 421 - Experimental Psychology I
      • PSYC 422 - Experimental Psychology II
    • Topic Courses (15 credits total)
      • PSYC 251 - Developmental Psychology
      • PSYC 314 - Physiological Psychology OR PSYC 325 - Sensation and Perception
      • PSYC 315 - Contemporary Approaches to Learning
      • PSYC 410 - Social Psychology
      • PSYC 450 - Personality Psychology
    • Clinical Courses (12 credits total)
      • PSYC 431- Abnormal Psychology OR PSYC 432 - Abnormal Behavior in Children and Adolescents
      • PSYC 433 - Clinical I: Clinical Psychology
      • PSYC 434 - Clinical II: Strategies and Techniques
      • PSYC 451A - Clinical Internship
    • Senior Seminar (3 credits total)
      • PSYC 490 - Senior Seminar
    • Electives Courses (6 credits total)
      • Any PSYC course above PSYC211 (2 total courses required)

    • View more about undergraduate psychology electives in Marywood’s catalog: http://marywood.smartcatalogiq.com/

    General Psychology (PSYC211), as part of the general liberal arts curriculum, fulfills the Social Sciences requirement and is a prerequisite of all other psychology courses. 

    Psychology majors may consider scheduling Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (MATH155) as their Liberal Arts Core math requirement and Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL130) as their Liberal Arts Core science requirement.

    It is recommended that those seeking entry into graduate school or careers in research and/or analysis pursue credits in research coursework (Research Apprenticeship - PSYC310; Independent Study – PSYC499; Honors Thesis – PSYC399 & PSYC452/478).

    Students must earn a total of 120 credits across the major, core, and electives in order to be awarded the baccalaureate degree.