Academics

Santa Barbara City College is a fully accredited community college that offers over 155 degree and certificate programs, training in a wide range of career technical fields, and transfer programs that provide the first two years of study toward the baccalaureate degree.

 

Our mission is to provide superior quality instruction in all programs and to maintain an environment that emphasizes teaching and learning and encourages the free discussion of ideas. The college’s outstanding faculty is committed to master teaching in small classes where students have direct, one-on-one access to their professors throughout the year. Some of our academic support services and programs include:

  • Counselors at the Academic Counseling Center help students create a custom "Student Success Plan," which outlines a course of study based on their major and transfer plans.

  • The Cartwright Learning Resource Center (CLRC) provides learning support to the SBCC community in a variety of ways: free tutoring in a range of subjects, tutoring at the Writing Center, tutor training, computer access, supplemental instructional materials in a variety of media, and learning skills workshops.

  • The Eli Luria Library offers an extensive collection of books and periodicals and professional librarians are available to assist students with research. The Cyber Center is equipped with computer workstations, scanners, photocopiers, and laser printers. Students enjoy comfortable seating, individual work carrels and group study rooms, and a Buzz Shack snack shop.

  • The Gateway Program is part of the "Partnership for Student Success," a faculty-driven initiative that provides tutors in the classroom who work directly with faculty to help students succeed in a variety of subjects.

  • The Honors Program is a rigorous series of academic courses taught by some of the most outstanding SBCC professors. Honors courses prepare students for success in upper division courses after they transfer.

  • The International Honor Society of the Two-Year College recognizes superior scholarship and provide students with leadership opportunities. Transfer scholarships, exclusively for society members, are offered by more than 330 four-year colleges and universities to program participants.

  • Students may spend a semester or intersession studying internationally through our Study Abroad department. They will earn academic credit while experiencing firsthand the culture of countries such as Spain, France, China, Italy, England, Germany and the Czech Republic.

  • Counselors at the Transfer Center assist students with course planning for transfer, and campus representatives from four-year colleges and universities visit often to meet with transfer students. 

  • The Transfer Academy guides students through the process and courses needed to qualify for transfer admission guarantee (TAG) programs offered by many universities. See the Transfer Academy website for the latest list of schools.