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ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICIAN
Certificate Program
GCC Science professors John Jocson (left) and Dr. Jay Sunga, along with GCC Science Club student members, display robotics during the 2015 Spring Festival. Robotics and other technological advances are part of the Environmental Technician curriculum at GCC.

Program Description
The Certificate in Environmental Technician is designed to provide entry-level training for those interested in supporting environmental services. Emphasis is placed on developing field skills as well as competencies in basic science and math content for technical work. The program is designed to serve as a career or educational ladder for students interested in interdisciplinary environmental studies. This 31-32 credit program was developed to address the needs of the Guam community, based on consultation with environmental industry professionals and a report provided by the National Association for Environmental Technology Education of the National Science Foundation. The GCC faculty and community stakeholders participated actively in discussions that led to the development of the Environmental Technician curriculum. 

Career Opportunities
In the next three to five years, the environmental industry will need GIS (geographic information system) technicians, solid waste/recycling technicians, environmental technicians, hazardous waste operations technicians, construction inspectors, environmental safety technicians, surveying, laboratory, and natural resource technicians, wastewater, water treatment and engineering technicians, and environmental monitoring technicians.

The skills these positions will require include knowledge of chemical parameters & lab methods, understanding of process control, the ability to detect discrepancies and violations in the field, ability to properly handle samples, and knowledge of Guam’s marine & terrestrial environment. Other skills needed will include:
  • Perform basic GIS procedures
  • Conduct routine analysis
  • Demonstrate basic orienteering skills
  • Knowledge of/ability to follow OSHA safety requirements
  • Familiarity with field meters (handheld, down hole, deployable)
  • Knowledge of environmental practices/tests (e.g. FID, PID, turbidity,PH, water equality paramenters)
  • Knowledge of field logbook practices
Environmental Technician Certificate Course Requirements
A. General Education Requirements
English Composition: (3 credits from the following list)
   EN 110 - Freshman Composition (3)
   EN 111 - Writing for Research (3)

Mathematics: (minimum 3 credits from the following list)
   MA 108 - Introduction to College Algebra (3)
   MA 110A - Finite Mathematics (3)
   MA 161A - College Algebra & Trigonometry I (4)
   MA 161B - College Algebra & Trigonometry II (4)

Minimum Total General Education Requirements - 6

B. Technical Requirements
Biological Science:  8 credits
Student can select between SI 103 or SI 110 with respective labs.
   SI 103 - Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
   SI 110 - Environmental Biology (3)
   SI 125 - Scientific Methods & Data Analysis (3)*
   SI 150 - Introduction to Microbiology (4)
   SI 155 - HAZWOPPER (3)*
*New courses specific to Environmental Technician Certificate program

Physical Science:  8 credits
   SI 101 - Introduction to Chemistry (3)
   SI 101L - Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory (1)
   SI 105 - Introduction to Physical Geology (3)
   SI 105L - Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory (1)

Total Technical Requirements - 25

C. Related Technical Requirements
   SU 250 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)

Total Related Technical Requirements - 9

Minimum Total Credits Required - 31


Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Environmental Technician program, students will be able to:
•    Demonstrate professionalism and proper ethical conduct in the environmental field;
•    Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to effectively work in the environmental field;
•    Demonstrate proficiency in technical methods, data handling, and processing methodology.

The GCC Advantage
Instructors in GCC's Certificate in Environmental Technician program work closely with industry professionals to provide the most up-to-date scientific techniques, so that students learn what the industry needs them to know. This close working relationship often leads to employment opportunities for students upon graduation.

Academic Advising
All students who declare a major are assigned an Academic Advisor. Students are strongly urged to visit your advisor, who can help you draft an educational plan with course sequencing that meets your personal, academic, and career goals.

Contact Information
Department Offices : AALG Allied Health Center Room 3127 and Building C26
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (M-F)
Phone: 671.735.5600 (AHC), 735-5634 (C26)
e-mail: environtech.info@guamcc.edu or science.info@guamcc.edu
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