Associate of Applied Science in GeoEnvironmental Science

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:

  • 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.


Associate of Applied Science in GeoEnvironmental Science

Course of Study

For students entering May 2016

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
GEOL-1110Physical Geology2.503.004.00$120.00
MATH-1103Applied Mathematics2.002.003.00$182.00
GENV-1100Stream Water Quality Monitoring(SL/CR)$110.00
GENV-1110Environmental Laws and Policy3.000.003.00$30.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
GEOL-1120Historical Geology2.503.004.00$120.00
GENV-1140GeoEnvironmental Site Assessment2.004.004.00$160.00
GEOL-1105Introduction to Soils2.002.003.00$160.00
GENV-1130Storm Water Management0.002.001.00$80.00
COURSE NO.SUMMER SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NRM-2296Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar1.007.002.00$100.00
ORWLM-2204Wetland Ecology and Management0.004.002.00$165.00
COURSE NO.SEMESTER THREEClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
GENV-2230GeoEnvironmental Sampling & Monitoring1.505.004.00$160.00
GEOL-2220Geology of Ohio1.002.002.00$170.00
GENV-2240Petroleum and Mineral Resource Mgmt1.004.003.00$110.00
GEO-1104Introduction to GPS and GIS1.004.003.00$300.00
COURSE NO.SEMESTER FOURClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
GEOL-2260Introduction to Engineering Geology2.503.004.00$145.00
GENV-2280GeoEnvironmental Subsurface Invest.$230.00
GENV-2225OSHA HazWoper Health & Safety Training0.002.000.50$400.00
GENV-2114GeoEnvironmental Careers0.001.000.50$90.00
***Social Science Elective0.000.003.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Potential Job Titles:

  • 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
  • Geophysical Technician

Importantly, 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.

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.

Environmental Engineering Technicians

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

Geological and Petroleum Technicians

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