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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


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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