What courses in highschool do i need to take to be an environmental engineer?

I'm picking courses for next year, (im in grade 10 now) so the courses i pick now would be really important.

So i think i will obviously need sciences and math...

there is bio, chem, and physics, do i need all 3 or just 2 is fine ? because im also taking this "environmental high skills thing".

any advice ? or what else do you think i will probably need ?

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  • Homer
    Lv 5
    10 years ago
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    "bio, chem, and physics" - YES, all three, and MATH. The more of those types of courses you can take now will prepare you for university level courses that lead to a degree in environmental engineering.

    Environmental engineering will require you to effectively integrate principles from bio, chem and physics, with math skills as the language to help put them together. I've heard folks give another name to environmental engineering - poo poo engineering - your will primarily deal with wastewater management. Bio is important to know what microbes will help digest the sludges from wastewater treatment, and what environmental conditions must be maintained to keep your microbe populations where they need to be.

    Chemistry is important as chemical treatment is often important to wastewater treatment. Physics helps you with understanding energy transfers that occur, the thermodynamics involved with the varying masses/quantities of materials that you'll be treating. (e.g., chemists deal with molar quantities, chemical and environmental engineers deal with what has sometimes been described as mole-tons, many orders of magnitude more.)

    Those are just some of my thoughts.

  • 10 years ago

    Yeah Im an Enviromental engineer.. Just try to go for Maths(preferably calc), chem, physics, not so much bio, in my university courses I dont need much bio at all, Im not sure how ur high school system works but thats what I recommend.. Hopefully that helps u out and good luck..

    Source(s): UC Merced
  • 10 years ago

    there is bio, chem, and physics, do i need all 3 - YES !

    All the math you can get

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