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GeoEnvironmental Science

Median Pay as an Environmental Science & Protection Technician

Environmental Science & Protection Technician Positions by 2026

Semesters until Graduation

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.


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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science in GeoEnvironmental Science

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 36.0
Lab Hours: 56.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

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
Course Hours: 12.50 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $572.00

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

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

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

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.





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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.

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