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Certificate in Environmental Technician

Certificate in Environmental Technician

Total Credit Hours: 31-32

About Certificate in Environmental Technician

This 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 will serve as a career or educational ladder for students interested in interdisciplinary environmental studies.

General Education Requirements

Course #

Course Name


Choose 1 course from the following

EN 110

Freshman Composition


EN 111

Writing for Research

Choose 1 course from the following

MA 110A

Finite Mathematics


MA 161A

College Algebra & Trigonometry I

MA 161B

College Algebra & Trigonometry II

Technical Requirements

Course #

Course Name


SI 101

Introduction to Chemistry


SI 101L

Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory


SI 105

Introduction to Physical Geology


SI 105L

Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory


Biological Sciences (Choose 2 - Lecture and respective Lab for 8 credits total)

SI 103

Introduction to Marine Biology


SI 103L

Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory

SI 110

Environmental Biology


SI 110L

Environmental Biology Laboratory

SI 150

Introduction to Microbiology


SI 150L

Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory

Related Technical Requirements

Course #

Course Name


SI 125

Scientific Methods and Data Analysis


SI 155

Waste Site Worker Safety HAZWOPER


SU 250

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems


Certificate Total


General Requirements for Certificates

Effective fall Semester 2003, several academic policy changes were implemented to ensure that students are adequately prepared to meet business and industry standards. All Undeclared or newly Declared Students enrolled in regularly scheduled postsecondary courses must be enrolled in or must have completed developmental coursework for Math and English or have successfully placed into post-secondary Math and English (or equivalent).
Students must fulfill the English general education requirement by the time they have enrolled in 12 credits of classes. This means that students may take only nine (9) credits before they must begin meeting the general education requirements. All declared students in Certificate programs will be required to successfully complete minimum general education course requirements. For more information, refer to the Admissions Information, General Education Policy section of this catalog.
A. General Education Requirements
Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking English as indicated by one of the following:
Test out of the English Placement Test (or equivalent), or
Satisfactory completion of EN096 or EN097 courses
Test out of the Math Placement Test (or equivalent), or
Satisfactory completion of MA096 or MA098 courses
B. Technical Requirements
Total Technical Requirements vary by program.
C. Related General Education & Technical Requirements
Total related General Ed/Technical Requirements vary by program.
Minimum Total Credits Required for a Certificate           30
* No course may be counted for both Technical Major and Science/Technology General Education requirements.
** Placement testing is not mandatory for admission to the College. Completion of placement testing, however, is required for enrollment into English and mathematics courses. Therefore, students who plan to enroll full-time in a program should take the placement test to be eligible for a full load of courses.
A Statement on Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Program Student Learning Outcomes follow each program description in this catalog. SLOs intentionally describe the 3-5 central goals that students will have attained by the end of the program. In essence, SLOs encapsulate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students are expected to learn from their respective programs. The focus is on what students can do with what they have learned and this outcome should be evaluated in some way. Primarily, three questions essentially frame the articulation of SLOs:
•   What do students know? (cognitive domain)
•   What do they think and value? (affective domain)
•   What can they do? (behavioral domain)
In this catalog, program SLOs describe the broadest goals for the program, particularly those that require higher-level thinking. They, therefore, require students to synthesize many discrete skills or areas of content. SLOs also ask students to produce artifacts such as term papers, projects, portfolios, demonstrations, exams or other student work. Most importantly, SLOs also need to be evaluated or assessed in some way so that accountability and improvement remain the hallmarks of a good program.  A separate SLO Booklet is published and updated (as needed) regularly to guide faculty in helping students achieve articulated course outcomes.
The College, in close collaboration with faculty and members of Advisory committees, continues to embark on an ongoing institutional effort to revise and update all its curriculum documents so that they remain responsive to industry and community needs through well-articulated student learning outcomes.
Certificate programs offered by the College
•   Automotive Service Technology Certificate
•   Computer Aided Design & Drafting Certificate
•   Computer Science Certificate
•   Construction Technology Certificate
•   Criminal Justice Certificate
•   Early Childhood Education Certificate
•   Education Certificate
•   Emergency Management Certificate
•   Environmental Technician Certificate
•   Family Services Certificate
•   Fire Science Technology Certificate
•   Medical Assisting Certificate
•   Medium/Heavy Truck Diesel Technology Certificate
•   Office Technology Certificate
•   Practical Nursing Certificate *Pending GBNE approval
•   Sign Language Interpreting Certificate
•   Supervision and Management Certificate
•   Surveying Technology Certificate

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Environmental Technician program, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct within disciplines in the environmental field.
  2. Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to effectively work in the environmental field.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in technical methods and data handling and processing methodology.

SU250 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

This course will provide students with basic knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (e.g., sources of GIS data, various data models).  Special emphasis will be given to the manipulation of digital spatial vector data with application to cadastral surveys.  One of the objectives of the course is to provide students with hands-on experience with GIS software and hardware components. The course emphasizes practical GIS skills.

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SI125 Scientific Methods and Data Analysis

This class is an introduction to the practice of science, with a particular emphasis on Environmental Science. This course provides Environmental Technician students with an overview of the scientific methods and process, particularly within the context of observation-driven investigations. Students will examine the steps of crafting scientific questions and hypotheses, research design, experimentation and data collection, data analysis, interpretation and presentation. The course will include an introduction to the technology and methods used data collection and environmental testing. The course will also include an introduction to the tools and methods used in science writing and data collection, the presentation and statistical analysis of scientific data, and search and review of the scientific literature. Finally, students will consider the nature of the theories that arise from, and provide a framework for, the practice of science. Students with one (1) year experience in the workforce relative to data collection and report analysis can be evaluated by the Department Chair for waiving of prerequisites.

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SI105 Introduction to Physical Geology

Introduction to Physical Geology is the science of the earth, the materials that make up the earth and the forces and processes that shape the earth. Topics for this course will include minerals, rocks, earth’s internal structure, plate tectonics, geologic structures, the rock cycle, and surface/subsurface processes. This course is to be taken concurrently with a laboratory/field course, SI105L, where students will conduct laboratory and field investigation that will reinforce the course topics and expose students to Guam’s complex geologic history.

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Associate of Science in Human Services

The Associate of Science in Human Services program provides a multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse curriculum as the foundation for entry-level career pathway in the human services field. The program prepares students with the knowledge and skills required for employment at entry level para-professional positions in human services assisting social workers and other allied health professionals like counselors, psychologists, nurses and medical doctors.

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Certificate in Fire Science Technology

It is the mission of the Fire Science Technology program to prepare, educate, and train students for a career in firefighting. The certificate program in Fire Science Technology is not open to the general public. It is a competency-based academy program designed to offer entry-level training for fire recruits. Students who wish to attend the GCC Fire Academy should first obtain employment with the Guam Fire Department or any other Pacific Basin fire department that sends recruits to the GCC Fire Academy for basic training.

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Associate of Science in Emergency Management

Emergency Management graduates will be able to apply basic emergency management skills in the event of natural and manmade disasters. Graduates will be able to implement the four major areas of emergency, namely, mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery.

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