Information for Transfer Students

Interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland? The information presented here is intended to help guide you in which psychology courses to take before you transfer to SMCM. All transfer students must follow SMCM transfer procedures and seek official approval from the Psychology Department Chair, Dr. Aileen Bailey (ambailey@smcm.edu, 240-895-4388) and the Office of the Registrar. Also, you may want to visit http://artweb.usmd.edu/ to


Transfers from 2-year, community colleges:

Students who are enrolled at a community college and successfully complete (C- or better) any or all of these courses will find it easier to complete the Psychology major at SMCM in a timely fashion. Course selections may vary among community colleges so be sure to check catalogs for course and program offerings.

  • General/Introduction to Psychology (transfers in as PSYC 101 and counts towards the humanistic perspectives requirement of the SMCM CORE Curriculum; an Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5 also satisfies PSYC 101)

  • Human Development/Lifespan (transfers in as PSYC 230)

  • Social Psychology (transfers in as PSYC 250) OR Personality Psychology (transfers in as PSYC 270)

  • Physiological and Sensory Psychology (may transfer in as PSYC 235)

  • Learning and Cognition (may transfer in as PSYC 205)


Please note that while community colleges may offer courses with names similar to those of 300-400 level psyc courses at SMCM (e.g. Infant & Child Development, Abnormal Psychology, Adolescence)  they can only transfer in as extra lower-division credits and will not counts towards the required upper division courses of the psychology major at SMCM.


Transfers from 4-year institutions:


If one is transferring from another 4-year college or university, successful completion (C- or better) of any or all of these courses will find it easier to complete the Psychology major at SMCM in a timely fashion.

  • General/Introduction to Psychology (transfers in as PSYC 101 and counts towards the humanistic perspectives requirement of the SMCM CORE Curriculum; an Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5 also satisfies PSYC 101)

  • Human Development/Lifespan (transfers in as PSYC 230)

  • Social Psychology (transfers in as PSYC 250) OR Personality Psychology (transfers in as PSYC 270)

  • Physiological and Sensory Psychology (may transfer in as PSYC 235)

  • Learning and Cognition (may transfer in as PSYC 205)

As well as one or more upper-division course(s) which would count toward the SMCM psychology major. These are the upper-division courses most frequently transferred in:

  • Infant & Child Development (transfers in as PSYC 331)

  • Adolescence (transfers in as PSYC 333)

  • Cultural Psychology (transfers in as PSYC 363)

  • Educational Psychology (transfers in as PSYC/EDUC 368)

  • Abnormal Psychology (transfers in as PSYC 375)

  • Counseling (transfers in as PSYC 378)

  • History & Systems of Psychology (transfers in as PSYC 405)

  • Psychological Assessment (transfers in as PSYC 474)

  • Adulthood and Aging (transfers in as PSYC 483)