Earth/Space Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A.



Do you like the outdoors, mountains, volcanoes, minerals, fossils, or beach? Are you interested in chemistry and chemistry experiments? Do you like plants, animals, and other organisms? Do you have an interest in electricity, force, gravity, and optics? Have you ever wanted to share your passion of the sciences with young people? If so, Gulf Coast State College can prepare you for a career in science education. In this career, educators have the opportunity to explore Earth’s place in our universe, examine the flora and fauna of an ecosystem, explore chemical reactions of various materials, design projects using force, gravity, electricity, and light, and evaluate processes that occur at the Earth’s surface and throughout our oceans. 

Our professors 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 A.A. degree will fulfill General Education Core requirements that seamlessly transfer to a university to count toward your bachelor’s degree. Gulf Coast’s core courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and behavioral sciences will give you basic knowledge that you will use throughout your career in science education.

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 Earth/Space 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 Earth/Space 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 OCE1001, Oceanography 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •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
GLY1010, Geology 3
GLY1010L, Geology Lab 1
Science Elective 2 or 3

Students must select one of the following two-semester sequences

•+*BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I, 3 crs. BSC2010L, Biology for Science Majors I Lab, 1 cr.+* BSC2011, Biology for Science Majors II, 3 crs. BSC2011L, Biology for Science Majors II Lab, 1 cr.


•+*CHM1045, General Chemistry, 3 crs. CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab, 1 cr.+* CHM 1046, Chemistry with Qual. Analysis, 3 crs. CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual. Anal. Lab, 1 cr.


•+*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.

(If students do not take the BSC2010 sequence above, then they must take BSC1005 or approved biology to meet the biology requirement for the A.A.)

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• 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