Gus, New Orleans

AddedSunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:41 PM

Environmental biology

Hi, so recently I have changed my major to environmental science in hopes of one day becoming an environmental engineer. However, I am currently thinking about transferring schools however the school I am thinking about transferring to has environmental biology and not science. My current plan is to get my bachelor's in environmental science and my master's in environmental engineering. But my question is, can if I get my bachelor's in environmental biology will that hinder me from becoming an environmental engineer? I hope this wasn't too confusing and thank you in advance.
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  • Stephanie Bolyard , Environmental Research and Education Foundation
    Answered Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:41 PM
    Environmental engineering and environmental science/biology will have different degree requirements. I obtained my MS in Environmental Engineering after completing a degree in Chemistry. During my undergraduate studies I was an engineering major for most of my undergraduate career but switched majors towards the end of my junior year. Therefore I had calculus I-III and differential equations, physics with calculus, thermodynamics, statistics for engineers, and other engineering core courses. One challenge you might have obtaining your M.S. in environmental engineering might be with articulation courses. Despite having the courses I previously mentioned, I still had to take 18 hours of senior level environmental engineering courses before I could start my MS work. These courses were vital to my success with both MS and PhD coursework. The ability for you to obtain your MS in environmental engineering will depend on the program you plan to apply to and what they will require you to take. One other aspect to think about is if you want to become a professional engineer on day. There are required coursework to be able to take the FE which is the first step to becoming a professional engineer. If this is something you'd like to consider than your engineering coursework will be very important. What you are proposing can be done but might require some extra time.