Marine Biology Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Do you have a passion for marine biology?

Do you love the ocean and are fascinated by all the organisms living in it? Do you love to be outside and are happiest in the water? Then a career in marine biology may be for you! Many marine biologists work at agencies like the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA-Fisheries, or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Some work at universities while others are employed at institutions like Gulf World or other marine museums and attractions. Some marine biologists are researchers while others are animal handlers. If you want to work in the marine environment, then study marine biology at Gulf Coast State College before transferring!

The oceans cover two-thirds of the Earth’s surface. Most of the animals living on Earth live in our oceans.  Unfortunately, some of our actions are negatively impacting the ocean and the animals that live in them. Marine biologists work hard to find ways to solve problems like over-fishing, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and pollution in our estuaries and coastal oceans. They also work hard to protect marine life.

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Carrie Fioramonti
Associate Professor of Biology
850-769-1551 extension 4010

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Who is eligible for the Marine Biology, 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.  

What classes would I take at Gulf Coast State College?

The classes you will take to earn your Associate of Arts degree will fulfill General Education Core requirements and will transfer to a university to count toward your bachelor’s degree. Gulf Coast’s core courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics will give you basic knowledge that you will use throughout your career in biology. Please note, you will need one year of inorganic chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of biology, and one year of calculus. So get started on your science and math courses right away!

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


  • 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 marine biology 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.


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
•+*MAC2311, Calculus 4
+* MAC2312, Calculus II 4
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
+*BSC2011, Biology for Science Majors II 3
BSC2011L, Biology for Science Maj. II Lab 1
CHM1045L, General Chemistry I Lab 1
+*CHM1046, Chemistry with Qual. Analysis 3
CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual. Anal. Lab 1
+*CHM2210, Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM2210L, Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
+*CHM2211, Organic Chemistry II 4
CHM2211L, Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Electives 2



• 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