Jennifer, Monrovia asked Melanie Cragnolin, Cragnolin Engineering and Design Associates DPC AddedMonday, December 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM Strategic choice between civil and geology Hi, my name is Jennifer. I am currently a freshman at Pasadena City College and I am debating between Civil Engineering and Engineering Geology. I noticed that the majors are similar in their course work, however I can't decide which one I would prefer more. I myself am also artistic and mathematically inclined. I like the idea of working with structures and possibly incorporating my artistic side into the career. For engineering Geology, it also has an emphasis on Civil/ Enviro Engineering, but is dealing more with the Earth and possible hazards with construction.(Which I also find to be very interesting and I like how it is outdoors) I know that which ever one I choose I want to go to UCLA for the major. I am concerned though because UCLA's admission or Civil is very difficult. The intimidating admission rate makes me wonder if Engineering Geology would be a good alternative if I feel that I am not competitive enough for admission into Civil. What do think? Related to Choosing a Degree, Civil, Earth Resources Reset Sort By Default Melanie Cragnolin , Cragnolin Engineering and Design Associates DPC Answered Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM Hi Jennifer: It is always good to have a back-up plan. Apply for Civil Engineering as a first choice and Engineering Geology as a second choice. Either way, they are both excellent majors. And you may even find that you change majors again!