Computer Science Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Would you like to become a computer programmer?

The purpose of this transfer track is to provide students the opportunity to gain knowledge in the disciplines necessary for a career in computer science.  A four year degree could lead to employment in an industrial or financial field, a government agency, a secondary college, or a university. Examples of employment include the development of software, working with robotics, the space industry, programming, sophisticated graphics such as animation and interior design, networking computers, and development of expert systems.

Students are encouraged to become familiar with the admissions requirements at the university they plan to attend. Some of the schools in Florida have a limited access to computer science.  Students in these schools must achieve at least a 2.5 GPA in all college work attempted and must have completed the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better in order to be considered for entrance.

Gulf Coast State College is here to help you build a solid foundation that will prepare you to continue your studies at a four-year institution. We offer the necessary prerequisites for the state of Florida University Baccalaureate Programs. 

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Tonitta W. Sauls
Associate Professor
850-769-1551, extension 5090

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Who is eligible for the computer science, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you are a candidate for Gulf Coast’s Computer Science Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program.

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

WHY CHOOSE GULF COAST STATE COLLEGE TO EARN YOUR computer science, Liberal Arts A.A. degree?

  • If you haven’t already been to Gulf Coast’s Panama City campus, you should know that we’re located right on the Gulf Coast shoreline, with many great views of the water. Schedule a campus tour.
  • Class sizes are small allowing more individualized instruction.
  • Our faculty care deeply about your career success and will help you through the rough spots along the way. They are your advocates, and after graduation, your professional colleagues.

How do I apply to the computer science, liberal arts, a.a. program?

To apply, you will need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  You can visit the Gulf Coast admissions page for additional admissions information.

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

How do I register for my classes?

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

How do i apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options 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 w/Analytical geometry II 4
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+PHY2048, University Physics I 4
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
PHY2048L, University Physics I Lab 1
+PHY2049, University Physics II 4
PHY2049L, University Physics II Lab 1
COP1000, Introduction to Programming Logic 3
COP2224 or COP2250, Intro to C++ or Java Programming I 3
Electives 9

• 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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ATC 222 Classroom

computer Lab

You'll acquire the skills you need to be successful in Gulf Coast State College's  Advanced Technology Center on our Panama City campus. Our state-of-the-art computer labs allow you to design, code and test in a dynamic, creative environment.


Department Chair

Melanie Boyd
Chair, Business and Technology