Entomology University Transfer Track Program


Do you have a passion for entomology?

Do you secretly like bugs? Do you collect them or photograph them or read about their fantastically complex lives? If you are like Chris, one of our former students who collected black widow spiders on the weekends because he was fascinated by them, then entomology is for you. When Chris first started at Gulf Coast State College he did not know you could study insects and make a living. Well you can. So start your entomology career with us!

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Dr. Linda Fitzhugh
Professor of Biology
850-769-1551, extension 2863

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“I never knew I could study insects until I attended Gulf Coast State College. I love my career and I have the Professors at Gulf Coast to thank for guiding me.”


Why SHOULD I choose a career in entomology?

 Insects and spiders are an integral part of our ecosystem and unfortunately some of them carry diseases like malaria. So we spend a lot of time working to understand how to control specific populations so that humans stay healthy. The recent Zika outbreak is a perfect example of a new disease that may have a new vector, namely the Aedes mosquito. Entomologists are working hard to determine the best ways to keep us safe.

Entomologists work at large research universities, at mosquito control labs where they monitor mosquito populations in a community, in hospitals, and at institutions like the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control. Many operate their own businesses.

According to the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, zoologists and wildlife biologists with bachelor's degrees had a median income of $59,680 in 2015.

Why should I pick the entomology program at Gulf Coast State College?

  • Our students pay one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • For a career in entomology, you need to earn your bachelor’s degree and maybe pursue a more specialized degree at the master’s or doctoral level. Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, has some of the lowest tuition rates in the state, but we provide high-quality education. Your biology professors are dedicated to teaching. Not only that, but they have connections in the community and are able to help you obtain internships.

  • Make the most of Gulf Coast’s generous scholarship and financial aid programs. Over half of Gulf Coast students receive some kind of financial assistance.


Which Florida universities offer entomology programs?

Most four year colleges or universities in Florida offer degrees in entomology. Getting your Associate’s Degree at Gulf Coast State College gets you into these colleges, so you start here and then transfer to finish your degree!   

Contact Linda Fitzhugh, Gulf Coast’s entomology advisor, for more information about educational requirements needed to become an entomologist and whether studying entomology would be the best course of action for you.  


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 scheduletoday.

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
+*STA 2023, Statistics 3
+* MAC1114, Trigonometry 3
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 Maj. I Lab 1
+*BSC 2011, Biology for Science Majors II 3
BSC2011L, Biology for Science Maj. II Lab 1
•+*MAC2311, Calculus I 4
CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab 1
+*CHM1046, Chemistry with Qual. Analysis 3
CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual. Anal. Lab 1
•+*PHY2053, College Physics I 3
+PHY2053L, College Physics I Lab 1
ECO2023, Economics, Micro 3
Electives 3



• 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.

@ Civic Literacy.


Department Chair

Fledia Ellis
Chair, Natural Sciences