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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEngineering · 1 decade ago

what is difference between having a degree in environmental engineering and environmental science?

I am considering a career in one of these two fields and want to know the main differences between. thank you for your help

Update:

Im looking into hazardous waste management, which one would be better to enter?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A degree in environmental engineering will involve many standard engineering classes that concentrate on a theoretical approach (ie. calculus, physics, strength of materials.) This can lead to a career in design and project management with the goal of providing theoretical based solutions to improve the environment

    A degree in environmental studies will involve some theoretical classes with an additional concentration in the natural sciences (ie. biology, natural history.) This can lead to a more "hands on" career involving research and analysis.

    While many career opportunities will accept both degrees, an environmental engineer has the opportunity to become a professional engineer, which can lead to advanced project management, which is a valuable asset when one's overall goal is to make vertical moves in the field, which leads to more responsibility and more money.

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