Welcome to SMC's Psychology Department
Psychology is the social science discipline most concerned with studying the behavior, mental processes, development and well-being of individuals. It examines the roles played by biological and socio-cultural factors and empowers students to pursue a wide variety of career paths and professions.
The Psychology Department is a "safe space," in that diversity of all kind is respected and honored. Find out more by talking to one of our faculty!
Degrees Offered in Psychology
While SMC does not offer an AA Degree in Psychology at this time, the Psychology department does offer an AA-T Degree in Psychology for Transfer. This degree will provide the foundational knowledge in Psychology to students who want to earn a Baccalaureate Degree in the discipline upon transferring to a four-year institution.
This degree is also in compliance with the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440, now codified as CEC 66746-66749) and guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus with junior standing for community college students who complete it.
Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.
Courses Offered in Psychology
The courses offered by the Psychology department are designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary to reach their educational goals within the field of psychology. That knowledge extends to those interested in psychology for personal and/or professional development reasons.
Career Options in Psychology
Opportunities for those trained in psychology are increasing, particularly for those who are trained beyond the Bachelor degree level. Undergraduate training in psychology is also useful for students interested in other careers because they acquire skills in research methods, statistics, and effective written and verbal communication.
Santa Monica College offers a wide range of campus resources and programs that can help students achieve a high level of success both on and off campus. SMC also maintains partnerships with organizations and agencies within the local community. Additionally the Psychology department maintains a list of local and national organizations within the field of psychology for students to refer additional information.