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GeoEnvironmental Science

GeoEnvironmental Science Program Description

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.

GeoEnvrionmental Science Degree at Hocking College

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services



$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

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.


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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%


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%

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 the 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.


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