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2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

College of Applied Studies

Undergraduate

Dean: Randall Hanna; Associate Deans: Amy Polick, Irvin Clark

Established in 2010, the College of Applied Studies is one of the newest colleges 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 Admissions and Records online at https://pc.fsu.edu/Admissions.

Advising

Florida State University Panama City provides academic course advising to students through the Chapman Family Foundation Center for Academic Advising and Student Success Center, located in room C117 of the Holley Academic Center. For more information, students may email advising@pc.fsu.edu or call (850) 770-2288. Students are also encouraged to meet often with their respective faculty for guidance on curriculum, research and professional/career development.

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 Financial Planning
  • BS to MS degree in Corporate and Public Communication (Combined Bachelor's/Master's Pathway)

Undergraduate Certificates

In addition to the degree programs, the College of Applied Studies offers two certificate programs that provide an additional specialized area of emphasis. The certificate programs offered are:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Underwater Crime Scene Investigation

Additional information regarding the certificate programs may be found at https://pc.fsu.edu/college-applied-studies.

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 https://pc.fsu.edu/stem.

Facilities

The College of Applied Studies is housed in seven buildings on the FSU 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 Holley 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 Holley Academic Center is the largest and most central building on campus. The Holley Center is a three-story facility in excess of 100,000 square feet and it houses twenty-one general purpose classrooms, a digital design studio, student success center, veteran's ready room, advising center, student seminar rooms, study and meeting rooms, a library and learning center, a 500-seat multi-purpose lecture hall/community room, and ten academic/computer laboratories in support of programs in public safety and security, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, advanced scientific diving, and underwater crime scene investigation. The Holley Academic Center was named in recognition of Russell C. Holley's naming gift in honor and memory of his parents.

Scholarships

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 Website of the FSU Panama City Foundation at https://pc.fsu.edu/admissions/tuition-fees/scholarships.

University Honors and Honor Societies

The College of Applied Studies encourages eligible students to participate in university honors and "honors in the major" programs. 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 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 https://garnetandgoldscholar.fsu.edu/ or contact the FSU Panama City campus advisor Sarah Schreck by email at sschreck@pc.fsu.edu.

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 crios@pc.fsu.edu.

Student Activities

The Bass Club provides students the opportunity to work together in a team environment and build strong relationships while learning sportsmanship and cooperative goal achievement. The purpose of this organization is to introduce students to competitive bass fishing (intramural), thus fostering a collegial atmosphere for healthy competition. To become a member, students must complete the organization's member application, maintain a 2.0 GPA, be in good standing with the University, and pay the required membership dues for B.A.S.S. Nation and other tournament organizations. Membership is open to any college student currently enrolled at FSU Panama City. For more information, contact Banyon Pelham at bpelham@pc.fsu.edu.

The Communication Club is affiliated with the FSU Panama City Communication Department and assists students in professional development and social networking. To become a member, students must complete the organization's member application, maintain a 2.0 GPA, be in good standing with the University, and pay the $15/semester (fall and spring) membership dues within one month of becoming a member. No University student may be denied membership on the basis of race, creed, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or religion. Membership is open to any college student currently enrolled at FSU Panama City. Members may also be from other schools. Members are not required to be Communications majors. For more information, contact Dr. Laurie Lawrence at llawrence@fsu.edu.

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 sharcfsupc@gmail.com, the FSU Panama City Dive Locker at (850) 770-2206, or visit the club's Website at https://pc.fsu.edu//Students/Student-Organizations/SHARC.