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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

College of Applied Studies

Dean: Randall Hanna; Associate Dean: George Bishop

Established in 2010, the College of Applied Studies is the newest college at the University. The administrative offices of the College of Applied Studies are located on the Panama City campus, which is about one hundred miles southwest of Tallahassee, on beautiful North Bay.

General Information

All students must meet the University-wide baccalaureate degree requirements summarized in the "Undergraduate Degree Requirements" chapter of this General Bulletin. In order to enroll in the College of Applied Studies, an undergraduate must be certified by the Division of Undergraduate Studies or be a transfer student with fifty-two or more semester hours of accepted credit. Admission to the College of Applied Studies requires at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in prior academic work and that the student is in good standing within the University. Since individual departments within the College of Applied Studies may stipulate higher admission standards, students should consult the appropriate chapters of this General Bulletin for specific requirements. Students applying for admission to one of the College of Applied Studies degree granting departments or to one of the non-degree programs must apply through Florida State University's Panama City Office of Admission and Records online at


Florida State University Panama City provides academic advising to students interested in pursuing coursework in the College of Applied Studies. For more information, please contact Angie Sexton by e-mail at or at (850) 770-2178.

Programs Offered

The College of Applied Studies offers curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the College of Applied Studies may choose from the following degree programs:

  • BS degree in Professional Communication
  • BS degree in Public Safety and Security with a major in Law Enforcement Operations
  • BS degree in Public Safety and Security with a major in Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • BS degree in Public Safety and Security with a major in Crime Scene Investigation
  • BS degree in Recreation, Tourism and Events
  • BS to MS degree in Corporate and Public Communication (Combined degree program)

Undergraduate Certificate

In addition to the degree programs, the College of Applied Studies offers a certificate program that provides an additional specialized area of emphasis. The certificate program offered is the Undergraduate Certificate in Underwater Crime Scene Investigation. Additional information regarding the certificate program may be found at

Institutes and Centers

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute at FSU Panama City promotes educational excellence by providing educators with professional skills and research based practices that foster exemplary teaching and inspire meaningful learning in STEM disciplines. The FSU Panama City STEM Institute is the Florida Engineering Affiliate for Project Lead the Way (PLTW). For more information, please visit


The College of Applied Studies is housed in seven buildings on the Panama City campus. The campus occupies just over twenty-five acres. The most recent additions to the campus are a $7.9 million Administrative Services Center and a $32 million Academic Center. The 14,000-square-foot Administrative Services Center, completed in March 2007, houses the police department, postal services center, maintenance department and receiving area, as well as the central utility plant for the entire campus. The Academic Center will accommodate significant growth in enrollment, approximately doubling the academic capacity of the campus. The three-story facility in excess of 100,000 square feet provides twenty-one general purpose classrooms, student seminar rooms, study and meeting rooms, a library and learning center, a 500-seat multi-purpose lecture hall/community room, and ten academic laboratories in support of programs in criminology, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, advanced scientific diving and underwater crime scene investigation. Groundbreaking for the Florida State Panama City Academic Center was held in January 2007. The Academic Center was formally dedicated the Alfred P. and Mamie V. Holley Academic Center on January 21, 2009. The Holley Academic Center was named in recognition of Russell C. Holley's naming gift in honor and memory of his parents.


Students enrolled at FSU Panama City in the College of Applied Studies are eligible to apply for endowed scholarships. For more information on how you can apply or an application, please visit the Web site of the FSU Panama City Foundation at

University Honors and Honor Societies

The College of Applied Studies encourages eligible students to participate in university honors and in the honors in the major program. For a list of University-wide honor societies officially recognized by Florida State University, requirements and other information, see the "University Honors Office and Honor Societies" chapter of this General Bulletin. College-wide honor societies officially recognized by the College of Applied Studies are listed below followed by the discipline-specific societies. For complete details of activities and membership requirements, contact the individual organizations.

Leadership/Scholastic Societies

Garnet and Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes the engaged, well rounded student who excels within and beyond the classroom in the areas of Leadership, Internship, Service, International, and Research. For more information, visit or contact the FSU Panama City campus advisor Chelsea Snowden by e-mail at

Garnet Key Honor Society of the Panama City campus, founded in 1986, recognizes students primarily for service and scholarship, but also for spirit and leadership. Activities are generally service projects and functions for the Panama City campus. Applicants must have completed fifteen semester hours at that campus with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. For more information, e-mail

Student Activities

The Scuba, Hyperbaric, and Recreational Club (SHARC) is a dive club established to coordinate and facilitate SCUBA training due to FSU Panama City student interest in scientific and recreational diving. Membership is open to all regardless of certification status. Certified divers that are members have access to club resources such as regulators, dive lights, and buoyancy compensators. For more information, contact Darren DeDario by e-mail at, the FSU Panama City Dive Locker at (850)770-2206, or visit the club's Web site at