Biology Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Take the Next Step Toward the biology university transfer track program

Do you want to become a doctor, veterinarian, dentist, or work in some other health related field? Or are you more interested in the natural environment and would like to become a biologist who works for agencies like the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA-Fisheries, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission?  If you answered yes to either question, then studying biology at Gulf Coast State College will help you prepare for these careers!

As our population ages, we will need more individuals working in health related fields. So if that is your interest, getting started in biology will help you realize your goals. If you are more interested in the natural environment, then now is the time to prepare for a career protecting our natural resources. As the baby boomers age out of the workforce, jobs will open up. A healthy environment supports a healthy economy, so we need people who know how to better manage our natural resources!

Take a look at the variety of professions available to you with a foundation in biology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates high demand and high wages for these professions.

Which Florida universities offer biology programs?

For a career in biology, you need to earn your bachelor’s degree and maybe pursue a more specialized degree at the master’s level. Every four year college or university in Florida offers degrees in biology. Getting your Associate’s Degree at Gulf Coast State College gets you into these colleges. So start here and then go anywhere to finish your degree!   

Contact Gulf Coast's biology advisor for more information about educational requirements needed to become a biologist and whether studying biology would be the best course of action for you. 

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Program Roadmap

Contact the biology a.a. advisor

Linda Fitzhugh, Ph.D
Professor, Biology and Physical Science
850-769-1551 ext 2863

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Who is eligible for the Biology Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to Biology Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

Program Requirements

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
•+*MAC2311, Calculus I 4
+*MAC2312, Calculus II 4
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+CHM1045, General Chemistry 3
Biological Science •+BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
BSC2010L, Biology for Science Majors I Lab 1
+BSC 2011, Biology for Science Majors II 3
BSC2011L, Biology for Science Maj. II Lab 1
CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab 1
+CHM1046, Chemistry with Qual. Analysis 3
CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual. Anal. Lab 1
+CHM2210, Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM2210L, Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
+CHM2211, Organic Chemistry II 4
CHM2211L, Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Elective 2

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Department Chair

Fledia Ellis
Chair, Natural Sciences