Environmental Science & Protection Technician Positions by 2026
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.
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:
Total Credit Hours:
|Estimated Course Fees:
Class Hours: 36.0
Total Credit Hours:
Estimated Course Fees:
Class Hours: 35.0-36.0
|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|
|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|
|COURSE NO.||SECOND SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|***||Social Science Elective||0.00||0.00||3.00|
|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|
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.
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.
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.