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Associate Degrees


About Associate Degrees

All Associate degrees offered at Santa Monica College are designed to provide students with the necessary skills to compete successfully in related job markets. Completion of an Associate degree usually will not adequately satisfy transfer major requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for their transfer institution and intended major.

Associate Degree (AA/AS) Requirements

An Associate degree is granted upon successful completion of a program of study with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) and a minimum of 60-degree applicable semester units, including:

  • Completion of the area of emphasis with a grade of C or higher in each course, or with a P if the course was taken on a Pass/No Pass basis, and the P is equal to a C or higher (Title 5 §55063);
  • Completion of at least 50% of the area of emphasis units at Santa Monica College;
  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: SMC GE, CSU GE, or IGETC;
  • Completion of the SMC Global Citizenship graduation requirement.

Associate Degrees