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Clinical Psychological Science Certificate Program Bulletin

Apply by September 15 (Fall semester) or January 31 (Spring semester)



A student may earn a certificate as part of completing the bachelor’s degree and in addition to completing requirements for a major. Through course work and internship/applied experiences in this clinical psychological science certificate program, students will develop an in-depth understanding of clinical science, from theory and evidence-based practices to applied experiences and field work. The certificate is designed to prepare students for either further graduate training in applied psychology and related fields or for entry level positions in mental health settings.

*Disclaimer: This certificate does not lead to a license to practice professional psychology or other related field.

Admission Procedure

Students interested in applying for admission to the Clinical Psychological Science Certificate must have a 3.0 GPA or higher in their major to apply. Pre-requisites for entrance to the program include Introductory Psychology [PSY-P 101 and P 102 or P155 (3 – 6 cr.) or equivalent] and Statistical Techniques [PSY-K 300 (3 cr.) or equivalent] with a grade of C+ or higher. (Students may apply during the semester they are taking Statistical Techniques; conditional admittance may be granted pending completion of the course with a C+ or higher).

For the application, students must submit a 1-2 page resume and letter of intent describing their interest in the program, previous work experience (volunteer, paid employment, etc.), and career goals, which must include the relevance of the Certificate to those goals. Interviews may be conducted with applicant finalists to determine admittance. Students will be selected based on a combination of GPA, demonstrated interest in the Certificate, having had appropriate prior work experience, and career goals which align with the priorities of the Certificate program.

Required Courses

Students must complete a minimum of 8 courses (two required courses, four advanced courses, one supervised applied field experience, and one field experience discussion) for a minimum total of 24 credit hours. Students must complete each course required for the certificate with a grade of C- or higher, with an overall GPA of ≥ 2.000 for all certificate courses.


Required Basic Courses

Complete all:

  • PSY-P 324 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 318 Foundations of Clinical Science (3 cr.)

Additional Courses

Complete any three courses from the following (9 cr.):

  • PSY-P 303 Health Psychology
  • P 319 Psychology of Personality
  • P 337 Clinical Neuroscience
  • P 346 Neuroscience
  • P 349 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • P 375 Intimate Relationships
  • P 407 Drugs and the Nervous System
  • P 423 Human Neuropsychology
  • P 425 Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
  • P 430 Behavior Modification
  • P 434 Community Psychology
  • P 437 Neurobiology of Addictions
  • P 457 Topics in Psychology (Approved)

Complete one course from the following interdisciplinary breadth courses (3 cr.):

  • EDUC-G 207 Introduction to Counseling Psychology and Student-Athlete Mental Health
  • EDUC-G 375 Multicultural Counseling-Related Skills and Communication
  • SOC-S 320 Deviant Behavior and Social Control
  • SOC-S 324 Mental Illness
  • SOC-S 358 Social Issues in Health and Medicine
  • SOC-S 365 Social Foundations of Behavior: Applications for Health Settings
  • SPEA-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • SPEA-V 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation
  • SPH-B 310 Health Care In Diverse Communities
  • SPH-B 335 Aging, Health, and Diverse Populations
  • SPH-B 366 Community Health
  • SPH-H 311 Human Diseases and Epidemiology
  • SPH-H 345 Introduction to Causes and Prevention of Developmental Disabilities
  • SPH-H381 Introduction to Health Information and Statistics
  • SWK-S 300 Substance Abuse and Social Services
  • SPH-B 416 Introduction to Health Counseling
  • SPH-H 418 The Nature of Addiction

Applied/Field-Work Course and Associated Discussion/Supervision Section

Complete one Applied Experience Course and one Clinical Supervision Section (6 cr.):

  1. Approved PSY-P 300- or 400-Level Applied Experience (3 cr.)
  2. PSY P-483 Clinical Supervision and Skill Acquisition (3 cr.)
  • In lieu of the above Approved Applied Experiences, other options requiring program approval include: