Oceanography Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Do the world's oceans fascinate you?

If you like the beach, ocean, and marine life, our professors at Gulf Coast State College can prepare you for a career in oceanography. Oceanographers explore the world's oceans looking for resources and consulting with industry, business, and governmental leaders on environmental and engineering problems, as well as researching new and innovative scientific technology to develop a modern understanding of the world’s oceans.  As an oceanographer, you will also study the motion of the ocean and how it affects coastal climate and weather.

For a career in oceanography, you will start by earning your Oceanography Option, Liberal Arts A.A. degree at Gulf Coast. Our professors are here to help you build a solid foundation that will prepare you to continue your studies in oceanography at a four-year institution. We offer the necessary prerequisites for the state of Florida university baccalaureate programs.

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Jamie Webb, Professor
Oceanography Program Advisor
850-769-1551, extension 2858

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Who is eligible for the oceanography 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 the oceanography 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 OCE1001, Oceanography 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 Majors I Lab 1
GLY1010, Geology 3
GLY1010L, Geology Lab 1
•+*CHM1045, General Chemistry 3
CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab 1
•+*PHY2048, University Physics I 4
PHY2048L, University Physics I Lab 1
+COP2200, Fortran Programming 3
ECO2023, Economics, Micro 3
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.


Department Chair

Fledia Ellis
Chair, Natural Sciences