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Payton, Student in Leo

AddedFriday, March 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Will engineering be too hard if I am average in math?
I'm very interested in environmental engineering, specifically dealing with water! Help to conserve, purify, and simply help with making sure our water is perfect for our needs without wasting it. My situation is my knowledge. I'm only average with math but am fine with biology and chemistry. What other high school classes do you recommend me taking? And if you think engineering math wise would be too hard for me, what would be the step under it? Thank you!
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  • Priscilla Bennett , Spire / Laclede Gas Company
    Answered Friday, March 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM
    Hello Payton!  You have some GREAT questions and I'm thrilled that you're spending some time researching and learning as much as you can before you start your college education! I translate your "I'm only average with math" that you understand there is some math involved with ANY engineering degree and the "trick" to mastering math is practice. You will need to take and pass some calculus, linear algebra and differential equations and your science would also include some physics but don't forget you'd also want to include some Matlab or programming language courses, if they are available to you now. If you're committed to a degree, you can definitely pass your required math and science courses.  I failed an intro-civil engineering course and an advanced Calculus course the first go-round, but you can't quit and also note, sometimes those courses are used to "weed out" those who are not committed to the degree. You have to hang in there and focus! PRACTICE, group study sessions, committing to the homework and your own desire to an engineering degree are key to your success - the learning will happen if you're focused.  Environmental engineering is an exciting career and if you already have an interest in chemistry and biology along with working with water and all the processes we as humans need then I want you working as an environmental engineer!! Water treatment, analysis, sources, sampling, wastewater treatment, control systems...the list goes on and on that you'll want to also include an internship or work-study program to better inform yourself of what you prefer career-wise once you've completed your degree.  I'm wishing you GREAT success and hopefully I was able to answer your questions.  If not, please feel free to reach out again and we'll dig a little deeper and find you some more answers.  Never stop learning!!  -P