Physics Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Do you have a passion for physical phenomena?

Would you enjoy conducting your own research into physical marvels, developing theories based on observations of your experiments, or studying physical laws and theories?  If you’re interested in a career in physics, our professors will help you develop research, critical thinking, and scientific skills. There are many types of physicists including astrophysicists, atomic, molecular, optical, medical, and many other physics specialties.

This transfer track is designed to prepare students entering the university as a physics major. All state public universities offer a B.S. degree in physics. Florida State University also offers a degree in radiation physics, and the University of Florida offers a B.S. degree in Astronomy (which requires the same physics transfer track at Gulf Coast State College). Most university physics programs require a foreign language for which a country speaking that language is also involved in physics research. Students may choose among the following: French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It is strongly recommended that students be familiar with the admissions requirements for the university they plan to attend.

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Program Roadmap


Clifford Harris, PhD, Professor


Who is eligible for the physics 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 physics Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  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 scheduletoday.

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 I 4
+*MAC2312, Calculus II 4
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+*CHM1045, General Chemistry 3
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
+*MAC2313, Calculus III 4
CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab 1
+*CHM1046, Chemistry with Qual. Analysis 3
CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual. Anal. Lab 1
•+*PHY2048, University Physics I 4
PHY2048L, University Physics I Lab 1
+*PHY2049, University Physics II 4
PHY2049L, University Physics II Lab 1
+*Approved mathematics elective 2
Elective 1



Recommended mathematics elective:

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.

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Contact the Advisor

Clifford Harris
Professor of Physics
850-769-1551, extension 2865

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Department Chair

Fledia Ellis
Chair, Natural Sciences