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GeoEnvironmental Science

GeoEnvironmental Science

GeoEnvironmental Science

Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

The GeoEnvironmental Science program prepares you to enter the ranks of the technicians, scientists, project managers, planners, and regulators who work daily to preserve and restore the quality of our natural environment.

Start a geoenvironmental career as a field and/or laboratory technician by securing one of the over 15,000 new, fulltime, permanent jobs projected for the period 2006-2016 by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Then, build on the solid foundation you laid at Hocking College to advance your position or further your education.

GeoEnvironmental Science is an interdisciplinary field that applies geoscience such as geology, hydrology, and soil science, knowledge and techniques to assessing, monitoring, and remediating environmental problems that result from the intersection of Earth’s natural processes and human endeavors.


 GeoEnvironmental specialists apply their knowledge and skills to a broad array of environmental issues and problems including these related to shale-gas development.

For example:

  • They are pollution detectives who locate and track the spread of contamination threatening safe drinking water supplies, and then pinpoint the nature and source of contamination;
  • They protect and restore some of our most critical natural resources by evaluating and monitoring groundwater, surface water and soil contamination, and designing and implementing corrective strategies;
  • They limit the proliferation and expansion of industrial pollution by reclaiming contaminated industrial sites, “brownfields”, for commercial redevelopment; and,
  • They evaluate rock, soil, and sediment to determine suitability and guide engineering and design approaches to reduce the environmental damage and hazards that accompany construction and improper siting of man-made structures such as highways, landfills, bridges, dams, large buildings, shale-gas drilling sites and mines.

The GeoEnvironmental Science curriculum is exceptional and unique. It was developed in concert with potential industry and government employers and is taught by experienced professionals. The curriculum is built around three core areas: geoscience, geoenvironmental techniques, and environmental policy and safety. It is distinguished by many unique and specialized courses that teach critical concepts and hands-on skills.


The following outcomes are knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in GeoEnvironmental Science:

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  • Demonstrate knowledge of regional geology of Ohio and Midwest;
  • Read and interpret project documents such as Technical Guidance Manuals, Scope of Work and Maps;
  • Review guidance documents and comply with procedures, policies, and laws;
  • Compile and evaluate historic and field data to assist in development of reports;
  • Collect representative surface water and groundwater samples and implement groundwater monitoring plans;
  • Select, operate, calibrate, and maintain field and lab equipment;
  • Conduct hydrogeological testing for quality and quantity;
  • Collect, identify, and describe soil, rock, and sediment samples;
  • Perform geotechnical testing and evaluate parameters;
  • Maintain quality control of field samples;
  • Operate or assist with subsurface drilling and sampling equipment;
  • Collect survey and/or Global Positioning System (GPS) data for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and/or Global Information Systems (GIS) applications; and,
  • Utilize word processing, spreadsheet, and mapping software.

 

Additional Outcomes


Meet the Faculty

Dr. Michael CaudillMike Caudill
Faculty, GeoEnvironmental Science 
Mike joined the Hocking School of Natural Resources in 2000. With faculty experience at the University of Akron and Kent State University, Caudill brought with him a research background that includes 29 publications. He has published articles in national and international journals, research abstracts, and field guidebooks. Mike was formerly employed by the Ohio Department Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey where he conducted field mapping, deep coal, and coal-bed methane resource studies. He is co-author of the newly published Ohio Bedrock Geology map.

At Hocking College, Mike co-founded the innovative GeoEnvironmental Science program in 2009. This unique program combines the academic rigor of the Geology and Environmental Science fields to provide his students marketable, technical skills. Mike has developed and taught numerous courses at Hocking College, including Physical Geology, Environmental Geology, Historical Geology, Ohio Geology, Soils, Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology, Geomorphology, Geoarcheology, and Stream Water Quality Monitoring. He received the Hocking College's Excellence in Education Award for outstanding teaching in 2012. Caudill has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from Marshall University, a Master of Science in Geological Sciences from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Tennessee. He conducts summer research on soils and landscape evolution of the upper Ohio River Valley.

Kimberly Caudill
Faculty, GeoEnvironmental Science 
Kim co-founded the innovative GeoEnvironmental Science program in 2009. This unique program combines the academic rigor of the Geology and Environmental Science fields to provide marketable, technical skills to her students. Kim is a Licensed Professional Geologist with over 20 years of experience in GeoEnvironmental project management, assessment and remediation at sites across the country, especially those where ground water was impacted by pollutants.

Before joining Hocking College, Kim worked as an environmental consultant performing projects for both private and public sector clients at Formerly Used Defense (NIKE Missile) sites, active military installations, Brownfield sites, industrial and commercial properties. Kim began her career at the Ohio Department Natural Resources working in the Abandoned Mined Lands Program. She has also been an Urban Conservationist addressing storm water issues in northeast Ohio.

Kim lends her extensive knowledge in the GeoEnvironmental field to developing and teaching several core courses; Environmental Laws, Environmental Geology, Site Assessment, Storm Water Management, Sampling & Monitoring, Petroleum & Mineral Resource Management, Subsurface Investigation and GeoEnvironmental Careers. She received Hocking College's Excellence in Education Award for outstanding teaching in 2012. She recently won the 2016 Natural Resources Conservation Educator of the Year Award from the Athens County Soil & Water Conservation District. Kim received her Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from Ohio University and is an active member of the National Ground Water Association. She serves on the Hocking College Shale Oil Task Force and serves as an Academic Advisor for GeoEnvironmental Science students at Hocking College.


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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science in GeoEnvironmental Science

Total Credit Hours:
64.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$3,107.00

Class Hours: 36.0
Lab Hours: 56.0

Total Credit Hours:
64.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$3,107.00-$3,172.00

Class Hours: 35.0-36.0
Lab Hours: 53.0-60.0

 

Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  GEOL-1110 Physical Geology 2.50 3.00 4.00 $120.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
  GENV-1100 Stream Water Quality Monitoring(SL/CR) 0.00 2.00 1.00 $110.00
  GENV-1110 Environmental Laws and Policy 3.00 0.00 3.00 $30.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
    Totals 12.50 7.00 16.00 $572.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  GEOL-1120 Historical Geology 2.50 3.00 4.00 $120.00
  GENV-1140 GeoEnvironmental Site Assessment 2.00 4.00 4.00 $160.00
  GEOL-1105 Introduction to Soils 2.00 2.00 3.00 $160.00
  GENV-1130 Storm Water Management 0.00 2.00 1.00 $80.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
    Totals 9.50 11.00 15.00 $560.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
    Totals 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  GENV-2230 GeoEnvironmental Sampling & Monitoring 1.50 5.00 4.00 $160.00
  GEOL-2220 Geology of Ohio 1.00 2.00 2.00 $170.00
  GEOL-2250 Hydrogeology 2.50 3.00 4.00 $130.00
  GENV-2240 Petroleum and Mineral Resource Mgmt 1.00 4.00 3.00 $110.00
  GEO-1104 Introduction to GPS and GIS 1.00 4.00 3.00 $300.00
    Totals 7.00 18.00 16.00 $870.00

  COURSE NO. SEMESTER FOUR Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  GEOL-2260 Introduction to Engineering Geology 2.50 3.00 4.00 $145.00
  GEOL-2270 Geomorphology 2.50 3.00 4.00 $140.00
  GENV-2280 GeoEnvironmental Subsurface Invest. 1.00 4.00 3.00 $230.00
  GENV-2225 OSHA HazWoper Health & Safety Training 0.00 2.00 0.50 $400.00
  GENV-2114 GeoEnvironmental Careers 0.00 1.00 0.50 $90.00
  *** Social Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 6.00 13.00 15.00 $1,005.00
FIRST SEMESTER
Course Hours: 12.50 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $572.00

SECOND SEMESTER
Course Hours: 6.50 Lab Hours: 11.00 Cost: $520.00

SUMMER SEMESTER
Course Hours: 0.00-1.00 Lab Hours: 4.00-7.00 Cost: $100.00-$165.00

SEMESTER THREE
Course Hours: 7.00 Lab Hours: 18.00 Cost: $870.00

SEMESTER FOUR
Course Hours: 9.00 Lab Hours: 13.00 Cost: $1,045.00

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A Career in GeoEnvironmental Science Rocks!

Employment in these technical specialties is traditionally full-time and permanent. Most of these positions are with environmental consulting firms, geotechnical engineering companies and government agencies.

There are several hundred prospective employers across Ohio and the Midwest and many employers have offices in other regions and other countries.

Potential Job Titles include: Environmental Monitoring Technician, Environmental Engineering Technician, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Inspector, Geological Technician, Geoscience Technician, Soils Technician, Environmental Specialist, Urban Conservationist, Stormwater Manager, Environmental Field Technician, Geotechnical Specialist, Mining and Reclamation Inspector, Oil/Gas Well Inspector, Environmental Lab Technician, Drilling Inspector, or Geophysical Technician.

GEOSCIENCE FACT SHEET FOR OHIO 

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Hocking College GeoEnvironmental Science Graduates Find Local Opportunities


Shale-gas development is expanding job opportunities for GeoEnvironmental Science graduates. Environmental and engineering companies employing GeoEnvironmental Science graduates contract services to support shale-gas drilling, development, and production activities. In this capacity graduates are involved in environmental and geotechnical assessment of new pipeline routes, drilling and production pads, compressor station sites, staging areas etc.

Equally important, graduates are conducting pre-drilling sampling and analysis of surface and groundwater, contributing to water availability studies, as well as, sampling and monitoring hydraulic fracturing flow-back fluids. As shale-gas development activities continue to expand, jobs for GeoEnvironmental Science can be expected to increase as well.


GeoEnvironmental Science Students Examine Field-Evidence of the Last Ohio Sea

Students of the GeoEnvironmental Science program at Hocking College ascended to a local highway road in search of the Ames limestone. This distinctive rock layer marks the last time seas flooded Ohio. This is a significant event in the geologic history of Ohio and one of many considered by their Historical Geology course, which focuses on the geologic origin of the North American continent in particular.


Interested in more information about becoming a GeoEnvironmental Specialist? Download our GeoEnvironmental Science ebook!

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Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in GeoEnvironmental Science:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of regional geology of Ohio and Midwest;
  • Read and interpret project documents such as Technical Guidance Manuals, Scope of Work and Maps;
  • Review guidance documents and comply with procedures, policies, and laws;
  • Compile and evaluate historic and field data to assist in development of reports;
  • Collect representative surface water and groundwater samples and implement groundwater monitoring plans;
  • Select, operate, calibrate, and maintain field and lab equipment;
  • Conduct hydrogeological testing for quality and quantity;
  • Collect, identify, and describe soil, rock, and sediment samples;
  • Perform geotechnical testing and evaluate parameters;
  • Maintain quality control of field samples;
  • Operate or assist with subsurface drilling and sampling equipment;
  • Collect survey and/or Global Positioning System (GPS) data for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and/or Global Information Systems (GIS) applications; and,
  • Utilize word processing, spreadsheet, and mapping software.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 64%
2015 - 2016 72%
2014 - 2015 50%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Retention Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A

 

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    _________________________________________________________________
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2017 - 2018 71%
2016 - 2017 85%
2015 - 2016 45%
2014 - 2015 83%

2017 - 2018 Graduation Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Graduation Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Graduation Rate: N/A

 

2017 - 2018 Employment Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Employment Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Employment Rate: N/A

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