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


Do you want to make a difference to improve our environment?

Do you like the outdoors, environment, water, or beach? Are you passionate about clean groundwater, soil, and air? Does climate change interest you? If so, Gulf Coast State College can prepare you for a career in environmental science policy option. Environmental scientists have careers in a variety of areas, such as: consulting with industry, business, and governmental leaders on environmental and engineering problems; working to remediate contaminated sites; researching new and innovative scientific technology, and much more.  The career fields are dynamic, engaging, and offer ever-changing challenges and development.

For a career in environmental science policy option, you need to earn your bachelor’s degree, and an associate’s degree can begin your path to success. Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, has some of the lowest tuition rates in the state, but provides a high-quality education.   A two-year degree in Gulf Coast’s Environmental Science Policy Option AA University Transfer Track will help you save money on your overall education costs and prepare you for success at a top university in Florida.

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

Gulf Coast State College’s average class size of 22 students means that you’ll get personalized attention from your professors and the encouragement you need along the way.


After you receive your AA degree at Gulf Coast State College, you will need a bachelor's degree, which you can earn at many of the Florida Universities.  The University of Florida, Florida State University, and University of South Florida are among the accredited schools now offering bachelor’s degrees in environmental science.

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Jamie Webb
Professor, Natural Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 2858

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Who is eligible for the Environmental Science - Policy Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you are a candidate for Gulf Coast’s Architecture 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 Environmental Science - Policy Option, Liberal Arts A.A. degree?

  • Our students pay one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • Small Classes! 1:19 Professor/Student Ratio.
  • 3.11 Average GPA. Our students  are performing well in the state universities of Florida.


To apply to the Architecture Option, Liberal Arts A.A. Program, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

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

How do I register and pay for my classes?

Classes are starting soon. Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

Ready to apply? Or, 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
•+*STA2023, Statistics 3
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+*CHM1045, General Chemistry 3
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
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 7



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