Meteorology Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Do you have a passion for meteorology?

Do you like learning about severe weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, weather, or climate?  Are you interested in climate and climate change?  If so, Gulf Coast State College can prepare you for a career in geology and geosciences. Meteorologists are evaluating atmospheric conditions locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally and use this information to provide citizens with up-to-the minute information relating to an ever-changing atmosphere. These scientists use state-of-the-art technology and computer modeling to help develop accurate and precise forecasts that aid in emergency preparation and recovery.

Which Florida universities offer Meteorology programs?

For a career in Meteorology, 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 high-quality education.  A two-year degree in Gulf Coast’s Meteorology AA University Transfer Track helps you save money on your overall education costs and prepares you for success at a top university in Florida. The University of Miami and Florida State University are among the accredited schools now offering bachelor’s degrees in Meteorology.

Contact Gulf Coast’s Meterology advisor for more information about educational requirements needed to become a meteorologist and whether studying Pre-Meteorology would be the best course of action for you. 

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Jamie Webb, Professor

 850-769-1551 extension 2858

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Who is eligible for the meteorology 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 meteorology 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.

2021-2022 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 I 4
+*MAC2312, Calculus II 4
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+PHY2048, University Physics I 4
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 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
PHY2048L, University Physics I Lab 1
PHY2049, University Physics II 4
PHY2049L, University Physics II Lab 1
Electives 15



Recommended electives:

MET1010, Introduction to Meteorology, 3 crs.

STA2023, Statistics, 3 crs.

MAC2313, Calculus III, 4 crs.

MAP2302, Differential Equations, 3 crs.

• 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.


Department Chair

Fledia Ellis
Chair, Natural Sciences