how do i become an environmental engineer?
1. What are the classes I should take in high school?
2. What are some extracurriculars that can help me understand the field?
3. Are there any organizations i can work with to understand the field?
4. What are some good universities in california?
5. How much money do you make?
6. and tips on how to succeed in the field.
Thanks and I live in California.
What is the highest degree I can earn in this field
- 9 years agoBest Answer
Hey, I live in California as well and am currently a 2nd-year community college student focusing on majoring in environmental engineering. I've done alot of research and taken many classes so I can answer some of your Q's.
1. For highschool, definitely take Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus, try to take the AP exams for all of these. Other than that, try to really focus on taking some essential Ge's at community colleges.
Once you get to college (either community or university, doesnt matter) you will HAVE to take:
Calc 1, 2, 3, 2-3 Courses of Chemistry, Calculus Based Physics, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Programming Class, Engineering Statics and maybe Dynamics, Materials class, CAD class, and maybe some biology depending on your school.
Don't mean to make you overwhelmed, just be prepared!
2. Extracurriculars? I'm not too sure, the best thing to do would be to take an internship with some environmental firm. You can research more about Env. Engineering on the net.
3. There is a student engineering organiation called ASCE http://www.asce.org/
4. For a job right after college, choose Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Cal Poly Pomona. Other great schools are: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, CSU Long Beach, Caltech, Stanford, UC Irvine. DON't go to USC's, their program is crap!
5. According to bls.gov, Env Engineers can make about 50,000 at LEAST right out of college with a BS.
6. Be truly interested in environmental protection, don't do it for the money! Genuinely love science, everything from biology to physics to chemistry to differential equations.
Highest Degree = PhDSource(s): - Current College Student
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