Biology Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Do you enjoy helping others and doing scientific research?

Do you like helping others? Would you like a career teaching biology and working in labs with students? Science educators are in high demand! And, they have a dynamic career engaging young people in the various science disciplines. In this career, you have the opportunity to examine the flora and fauna of an ecosystem, explore chemical reactions of various materials, and design projects using force, gravity, electricity, and light. Biology teachers are in high demand in high schools and colleges throughout the country. Your career path includes teaching and research options in variety of settings.

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a science educator was over $59,000 in 2017! There is a 8% job growth estimate for high school teachers and 15% for postsecondary teachers between 2016-2026.

Which Florida Universities Offer Science Education Programs?

Graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in Biology Education prepares you to transfer to a Florida university to continue your bachelor degree. You are encouraged to be familiar with the admissions requirements at the university you plan to attend. The University of Miami, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, and University of South Florida are among the accredited schools now offering bachelor’s degrees in science education.

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Jamie Webb
850-769-1551 extension 2858

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Who is eligible for the Biology Education 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 Education 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.

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
+*MAC1140, Pre-Calculus Algebra 3
+*MAC1114, Trigonometry 3
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science •+*BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I 3
Social Sciences Area
•PSY2012 or •SYG2000, Psychology/Sociology 3
History EUH1000 or 1001, Western Civilization 3
Government •POS2041, American National Government 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
EDF2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators 3
EME2040, Introduction to Technology for Educators 3
SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking 3
BSC2010L, Biology for Science Maj. I Lab 1
+*BSC2011, Biology for Science Majors II 3
BSC2011L, Biology for Science Maj. II Lab 1
Students must select one of the following two-semester sequences (Meets physical science requirement.)
•+*CHM1045, General Chemistry, 3 crs. CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab, 1 cr. +* CHM1046, Chemistry with Qual. Analysis, 3 crs. CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual. Anal. Lab, 1 cr. or •+*PHY2053, College Physics I, 3 crs. + PHY2053L, College Physics I Lab, 1 cr. +* PHY 2054, College Physics II, 3 crs. PHY2054L, College Physics II Lab, 1 cr. 8
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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Use our science labs to work with fellow students and professors to accomplish exciting research.


Department Chair

Fledia Ellis
Chair, Natural Sciences