Optometry Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


are you interested in helping others see more clearly?

Have you ever wondered how exactly we see the world around us? Are you interested in finding solutions to problems such as near and farsightedness and glaucoma? If so, you should consider a career as an optometrist.

As an optometrist, you’ll do more than simply administer vision tests and prescribe glasses and contact lenses. While these are standard and common practices, you’ll also be on the front lines of treating the causes and symptoms of diseases ranging from cataracts and diabetes to parasitic worm infections! You will work closely with doctors in other fields to help patients rehabilitate after illness or injury that affects their vision.

You can get a job in a hospital or a rehabilitation center, join an existing optometry practice, or start your own private practice. You can move anywhere in the country and not have to worry about job security.  Optometrists are needed everywhere.

With the Baby Boomer population getting older and most vision problems occurring later in life, demand for optometry jobs is increasing much faster than average. The number of optometrist jobs is expected to grow by 27% through 2024. Gulf Coast State College is here to help you build a solid foundation that will prepare you to continue your studies in optometry at a four-year institution. We offer the necessary prerequisites for the state of Florida university baccalaureate programs.

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Greg Robinson, Associate Professor
Program Advisor
850-769-1551, extension 2853

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Robby Fayas, GSCS Alumnus

All of my instructors have been mentors to me; the small classroom sizes have allowed for each instructor to get to know me and I have them to thank for my success.


Who is eligible for the optometry 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 optometry 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.

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
•+*STA2023, Statistics 3
•+*MAC2311, Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+*CHM1045, General Chemistry 3
Biological Science •+*BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •PSY2012, General Psychology 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
+*CHM2210, Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM2210L, Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
+Approved Physics 8



• 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