Math and Research in Environmental Engineering

Hi. Frankly speaking, I didn't know what to take up after my high school. However, thinking on what to do next, I decided to go for environmental engineering as firstly, I'm interested in helping to do something good for the environment. but the problem is that I'm not very strong in maths. Do you think this would be a major obstacle for me? I am working hard to improve both my maths and physics. And also, I've come to know that environmental engineering has a lot of divisions. I would like to go into the research department. So, do you think that it is a wise choice? Thank you =)
posted by Deldrie, Malaysia on March 29, 2012

Answer by Ms. Peggy Layne

There are many different areas of environmental engineering, some more focused on understanding the natural environment and others more focused on technology to modify or protect the environment. A strong background in math is important for most of these areas. Fortunately, math can be learned with good teaching and practice, so if you are willing to study and learn, you should be able to develop your math skills. Research is also a very broad area. Sometimes research is done by collecting samples in the field, sometimes by performing experiments in the laboratory, and sometimes by developing mathematical models using a computer. If you are interested in protecting the environment, Im sure that you can find some aspect of environmental engineering research that appeals to you and will be a challenging and rewarding career. Regards, Peggy