Start your psychology degree at SMC!


The AA in psychology can be used as the first two years of a psychology degree at almost any school in the country.

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Industrial-organizational
  • School Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Work


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  About Psychology

Psychologists study human behavior and the mind to understand why people act, think and feel the way they do. They accomplish this through scientific studies, observation, interviews, surveys and testing. Psychologists use this knowledge to diagnose and treat people with mental and behavioral disorders. They work in a variety of fields depending on their specialty, which may be in clinical, counseling, developmental, forensic, industrial-organizational, school or social psychology.

Studying psychology can also be expanded on to apply to business-related careers such as product development, marketing, human resources and more as these fields all require an understanding of human behavior, information gathering and reasoning.

SMC’s Psychology program will provide a comprehensive framework of psychological principles through in-depth studies in human behavior, development, personality, mental health, emotion, adjustment and more. Students can explore child and family, organizational, educational and abnormal psychology. They’ll learn about research methods, clinical assessment, diagnosis, disorders, treatments and ethics and also gain valuable interviewing and counseling skills.

The curriculum is closely related to the coursework for an associate in Social Work so students can explore this closely related field as well.

Students have the option to build their own special project or do a directed-study under the guidance of faculty.

Outside the classroom, students can start or join a campus group such as Advocates for All, which organizes events to support charitable causes and raises awareness for social issues.

Individual Course Plans

If you know which school you want to transfer to, SMC advisors will look at that school’s requirements and show you which classes to take to transfer to that school.

If you don’t know which school you want to transfer to, you can figure that out while you’re here. Career Planning Center advisors will help you discover the ‘perfect fit’ school for you. Learn more about transferring at the Career Planning Center.

Almost every bachelor’s program requires you to take general education and pre-requisite courses for the first two years. You can save a ton of money by taking those courses at SMC.

Average tuition and fees at top Michigan universities*


Tuition and fees at SMC*


*University tuition and fees are averaged from the 16-17 estimates of University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. Most schools have not set 17-18 costs yet. SMC tuition is based on 17-18 costs.






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