Geotech (Certificate T0677)

Natural Sciences Division
Certificate T0677

Students who obtain the Geotech Certificate will be qualified for entry-level employment opportunities with local government agencies, private firms, and utilities specializing in water resources and water quality, engineering geology, petroleum resources, environmental hazards and remediation and other geotechnical services. Certificate earners will receive hands-on training in field and lab skills necessary for a variety of geotechnical careers.  There are no prerequisite skills for the certificate and enrollment will be limited only by available space in the core classes.  The Geotech Certificate will allow students to qualify for positions in the geotechnical sector prior to or without obtaining a 4-year degree.

Required Courses 

Course Prefix Course Name Units
AGOR 50Soil Science and Management3
CHEM 9Chemistry of Everyday Life3
or CHEM 10 Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
or CHEM 40 Introduction to General Chemistry
CISB 15Microcomputer Applications3.5
GEOG 10Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GEOL 1Physical Geology4
GEOL 9Environmental Geology3
GEOL 9LEnvironmental Geology Laboratory1
GEOL 24Geologic Field Studies: Central California4
or GEOL 25 Geologic Field Studies: Southern California
or GEOL 29 Special Topics in Field Geology
GEOL 31Geotechnical Methods for Geotech1
Variable Unit Course. One unit required.1
Work Experience in Geotechnician/Environmental Technician Skills
GEOL 33Geotechnical Methods for Geotech 21
MATH 100Survey of College Mathematics3
SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
or SPCH 1AH Public Speaking - Honors
Total Units33.5-36.5

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Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
GEOL 1 Physical Geology 4
GEOL 9 Environmental Geology 3
GEOL 9L Environmental Geology Laboratory 1
MATH 51 OR MATH 71 5  
Winter Term 1
CISB 15 Microcomputer Applications 3.5
Spring Term 1
GEOG 10 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
AGOR 50 Soil Science and Management 3
GEOL 31 Geotechnical Methods for Geotech 1
CHEM 10 OR CHEM 40 OR CHEM 9 5  
Summer Term 1
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
Fall Term 2
AGOR 71 Construction Fundamentals 3
GEOL 33 Geotechnical Methods for Geotech 2 1
GEOL 24 OR GEOL 25 OR GEOL 29 4  
Winter Term 2
GEOL 32 Work Experience in Geotechnician/Environmental Technician Skills 4
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GeoTech, Certificate, T0677 7  
 Total Units30.5

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