Environmental Science - Natural Science Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Are you concerned about our influence on the environment?

Are you concerned about our influence on the environment and would like to be part of the solution? Do you often wonder how we could do a better job monitoring the environment and protecting it? Then environmental science is for you! Students majoring in environmental science get jobs in research, industry, government and education. Some people focus on monitoring the environment and work at places like the US EPA lab on Gulf Breeze. Others focus on environmental clean-up and work for industry or government agencies. Others are more concerned with educating the public and may work at parks or outdoor education centers like Biophilia in Niceville. No matter what you decide to do, you can get started at Gulf Coast State College!

Why choose a career in environmental science?

Obviously we live in an industrialized society and the choices we make impact our environment in many different ways. Unfortunately, industrialized societies pollute the environment. How can we live more sustainable? A career in environmental science will help you answer that question. Since jobs are so varied, go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find information about salaries.

Our professors will prepare you with a solid foundation to ensure your success at a top university in Florida. The classes you'll 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. Check with the program advisor for more information. Gulf Coast’s natural sciences core courses will give you basic knowledge that you will use throughout your career.

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Linda Fitzhugh, Ph.D
850-769-1551, extension 2863

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Who is eligible for the Environmental Science - Natural Science  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.  


  • Your professors are dedicated to teaching. Not only that, but they have connections in the community and are able to help you obtain internships.
  • Most of your larger four year universities in Florida offer degrees in environmental science. Getting your Associate’s Degree at Gulf Coast State College gets you into these colleges. So start here and then transfer to finish your degree!
  • 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 Environmental Science - Natural Science  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 scheduletoday.

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
+*STA 2023, Statistics 3
+* MAC2312, Calculus II 4
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+PHY2048, University Physics I 4
Biological Science •+*BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •ECO2013, Economics, Macro 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
BSC2010L, Biology for Science Maj. I Lab 1
+*BSC2011, Biology for Science Majors II 3
BSC2011L, Biology for Science Maj. II Lab 1
+*CHM1046, Chemistry with Qual Analysis 3
CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual Anal. Lab 1
PHY2048L, University Physics I Lab 1
+* PHY2049, University Physics II 4
PHY2049L, University Physics II Lab 1
ECO2023, Economics, Micro 3
Electives 4



1GCSC strongly recommends that EVR1001 be completed 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.

@ Civic Literacy.


Department Chair

Fledia Ellis
Chair, Natural Sciences