Chemistry Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Take the Next Step Toward Chemistry University Transfer Track Program 

Congratulations, you have chosen a major which will challenge your talents and provide you important insight into the way the physical world works.  There are many opportunities in academia, industry and government service to apply your knowledge and have a rewarding and successful career. This is an exciting time to become a chemist! Chemists are needed everywhere.  No matter what your interest, there is a chemistry career for you.  You can conduct research to develop new drugs and materials or to gain insights into biological and physical systems.  You can develop new instruments capable of measuring 10-15 grams of material.  You can ensure compliance with environmental regulations or detect evidence at crime scenes.  Your analysis can ensure that industrial products are safe and meet their quality control specifications.   These are only a few of the exciting careers in chemistry.  

 And, you’ll be paid well. The Occupational Outlook Handbook  reports the mean salary for a chemist is $74,720 per year.

Which Florida universities offer chemistry programs?

For a career in chemistry, you need to earn your bachelor’s degree and consider obtaining an advanced degree. All the major universities in the state offer bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biochemistry.  After you receive your associate of arts degree at Gulf Coast State College, you’ll need to transfer to the university of your choice to complete your undergraduate degree.

Contact Gulf Coast’s Chemistry advisor for more information about educational requirements needed to become a chemist and whether chemistry would be the best program for you.

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Program Roadmap

Contact the chemistry advisor

Jessica Edwards, PhD
 Associate Professor, Chemistry
850-769-1551 ext 6020

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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 Chemistry 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
•+*MAC2311, Calculus I 4
+*MAC2312, Calculus II 4
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+*CHM1045, General Chemistry 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 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
CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab 1
+*CHM1046, Chemistry with Qual. Analysis 3
CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual. Anal. Lab 1

NOTE: The PHY2048/2049 sequence is required for the Bachelor in Science degree. It is an option for the Bachelor in Arts degree. The PHY 2053/2054 sequence is not accepted for the Bachelor in Science degree.

Students must also complete one of the following two‑semester sequences in science: +*CHM2210, Organic Chemistry I, 3 crs. CHM2210L, Organic Chemistry I Lab, 2 crs. +*CHM2211, Organic Chemistry II, 4 crs. CHM2211L, Organic Chemistry II Lab, 1 cr. Electives1, 6 crs. OR •+*PHY2048, University Physics I, 4 crs. PHY2048L, University Physics I Lab, 1 cr. PHY2049, University Physics II, 4 crs. PHY2049L, University Physics II Lab, 1 cr. Electives2, 6 crs. OR •+*PHY2053, College Physics I, 3 crs. +PHY2053L, College Physics I Lab, 1 cr. PHY2054, College Physics II, 3 crs. PHY2054L, College Physics II Lab, 1 cr. Electives, 8 crs.

Elective 1

1University Physics is required for advanced degrees in chemistry.

2GCSC strongly recommends that students pursuing a chemistry transfer track complete the chemistry sequence through CHM2211 before transferring.

• 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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 Chemistry lab

Quality Science Labs for your research

Use our science labs to work with fellow students and professors to accomplish exciting research.


Department Chair

Fledia Ellis
Chair, Natural Sciences