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Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwaySocial, Behavioral, Education
AdvisorJohn Phillips, PhD
850.769.1551 ext. 2827

Senior Administrative AssistantMs. Jody Walton
210 Social Sciences Building


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Middle School Education, AA

Use Your Love for Science to Inspire Young Minds in the Classroom!

Do you have a passion for the sciences and want to share it with young people? In this career, you will have the opportunity to engage students by exploring Earth’s place in our universe, examining the flora and fauna of an ecosystem, creating chemical reactions of various materials, designing projects using force, gravity, electricity, and light, and evaluating processes that occur at the Earth’s surface and throughout our oceans. 

Gulf Coast State College's Middle School Science Education Option, Liberal Arts AA degree will prepare you with a solid foundation to ensure your success at a top university in Florida. The classes you will take to earn your AA degree will fulfill General Education Core requirements that seamlessly transfer to a four-year institution to count toward your bachelor’s degree. You may have additional requirements for admission to a teacher-preparatory program, so please contact a GCSC adviser or the university you plan to transfer to for further guidance.

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Middle School Science Education Course Requirements

ENC1101, English I
ENC1102, English II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select 6 hours:
MAC1105, College Algebra 
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics
OCE1001, Oceanography
BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I
Behavioral Sciences
EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession
EDF2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators
EME2040, Introduction to Technology for Educators
GLY1010, Geology
BSC2010L, Biology for Science Majors I Lab
Students must also complete one of the following two‑semester sequences in science:•+*PHY2053/L, College Physics I and Lab (4 crs.) and+*PHY2054/L, College Physics II and Lab (4 crs.)or•+*CHM1045/L, General Chemistry (4 crs.) and+* CHM1046/L, General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (5 hrs.)

What can you do with Middle School Science Education Associate of Arts?

Who is Eligible for the Program?

Biology Professor
Chemistry Professor
Elementary School Teacher
Environmental Science Professor
Middle School Teacher
Physics Professor

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida State University
University of Central Florida
Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.