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Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayScience, Technology, Engineering & Math
AdvisorDr. Linda Fitzhugh
Professor of Biology
850.769.1551, ext 2863

Senior Administrative AssistantKathy Bleday

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Entomology Option, Liberal Arts A.A.

Do You Have a Passion for Entomology? 

Do you secretly like bugs? Do you collect them or photograph them or read about their fantastically complex lives? If you are like Chris, one of our former students who collected black widow spiders on the weekends because he was fascinated by them, then entomology is for you. When Chris first started at Gulf Coast State College he did not know you could study insects and make a living. Well you can. So start your entomology career with us!

Moth on Flowers

Entomology Course Requirements

ENC1101, English I
ENC1102, English II
Visual and Performing Arts
STA 2023, Statistics
MAC1114, Trigonometry
CHM1045, General Chemistry
BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I
Behavioral Sciences
BSC2010L, Biology for Science Maj. I Lab
BSC 2011, Biology for Science Majors II
BSC2011L, Biology for Science Maj. II Lab
MAC2311, Calculus I
CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab
CHM1046, Chemistry with Qual. Analysis
CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual. Anal. Lab
PHY2053, College Physics I
PHY2053L, College Physics I Lab
ECO2023, Economics, Micro

What can you do with an Entomology A.A. Degree?

In this field, people find careers as:

Laboratory Scientist
Horticulture Associate
Agriculture Specialist
Wildlife Biologist

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

Florida State University
University of West Florida
University of Florida


Why Should I Choose a Career in Entomology?

 Insects and spiders are an integral part of our ecosystem and unfortunately some of them carry diseases like malaria. So we spend a lot of time working to understand how to control specific populations so that humans stay healthy. The recent Zika outbreak is a perfect example of a new disease that may have a new vector, namely the Aedes mosquito. Entomologists are working hard to determine the best ways to keep us safe.

Entomologists work at large research universities, at mosquito control labs where they monitor mosquito populations in a community, in hospitals, and at institutions like the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control. Many operate their own businesses.

According to the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, zoologists and wildlife biologists with bachelor's degrees had a median income of $59,680 in 2015.

Why Should I Pick the Entomology Program at GCSC?

  • Our students pay one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • For a career in entomology, you need to earn your bachelor’s degree and maybe pursue a more specialized degree at the master’s or doctoral level. Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, has some of the lowest tuition rates in the state, but we provide high-quality education. Your biology professors are dedicated to teaching. Not only that, but they have connections in the community and are able to help you obtain internships.
  • Make the most of Gulf Coast’s generous scholarship and financial aid programs. Over half of Gulf Coast students receive some kind of financial assistance.

Are you ready to Get Started?

Apply to GCSC

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.


Apply for Financial Aid & 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.


Register for Classes

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