Advanced Science Diving Program at FSU this Fall

Emma Graumlich, anthropology, ’20

ASDP will be offering scuba diving courses for academic credit in Tallahassee on every Thursdays this fall. For more information please visit the official website.

The mission of Florida State University Panama City’s Advanced Science Diving Program (ASDP) is to educate and support excellence in underwater research. To this end, the ASDP provides academic courses in support of other university programs, develops and delivers professional dive training programs, engages in industry partnerships with public and private organizations, and conduct a variety research and outreach programs in the furtherance of safe and productive scientific diving. The core function of the program is to train and educate university students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of other agencies involved in maritime work, in the techniques related to scientific diving according to the standards established by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

FSU Panama City is an active member and supporter of AAUS and complies with all of its policies and procedures. The ASDP operates under strict standards for training that allows a working reciprocity between us and other underwater research facilities around the globe, specifically organizational members of AAUS.

Advanced Science Diving Program curriculum

Labs now offered at FSU Panama City or FSU Tallahassee campuses.

  • ISC 3062 or ISC 5060 – Introduction to Underwater Investigation (3) This course presents the history, principles of basic hyperbaric science diving, physics and physiology as they relate to diving. This course provides the theoretical foundation for individuals preparing to be divers.
  • ISC 3062L or ISC 5060L – Introduction to Underwater Investigation Laboratory (1) This laboratory course presents the principles and practice of compressed-gas as a life-support system for underwater hyperbaric exposure. This course is designed to develop proficiency in the basic skills required to perform safe underwater operations. Certifications earned: Open Water and Advanced Open Water Diver
  • ISC 3063 or ISC 5061 – Scientific Underwater Investigation (3) This course builds upon the Introduction to Underwater Investigation course by providing the technology to collect data in an underwater environment according to the scientific method. The course the techniques used in science disciplines that function underwater.
  • ISC 3063L or ISC 5061L – Scientific Underwater Investigation Laboratory (1) This laboratory builds upon the Introduction to Underwater Investigation Laboratory course by providing the tools and techniques to collect data in an underwater environment for prolonged periods of time. The underwater data collection techniques use traditional underwater technology and techniques for data gathering related to scientific disciplines. Certifications earned: Enriched Air (EANx) Diver and American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).


  • CJE 4764 Underwater Crime Scene Methodology (3)
  • CJE 4764L Underwater Crime Scene Methodology Lab (1)
  • CJE 4765 UCSI
  • CJE4765L USCI Capstone


  • PEN 1136* – Theory and practice of compressed-gas diving. Certification earned: Open Water Diver

*Summer only, these courses are offered through the Public Safety & Security program.

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