I have a question for any Engineers out there if they have an opinion on a new degree that I am looking at called Ecological Engineering. For a little background info I am returning to school, I already have a degree in history and I want to get out in four years. That being said I am looking at either getting a Environmental Science degree and then Masters, which could be done in four years, or this Ecological Engineering degree, which would take four years, but without a masters, so I am trying to get a feel if it would have the same worth as the ES master degree or not.
I am also concerned about the name Ecological Engineering, it is different and I do not know if that will be to my benefit or not, but the head of the department tells me it is not unlike other Environmental Engineering programs at other schools it is just at this school their Env Eng focuses on wastewater treatment facilities where the Eco engineering has more biology and sustainable design, working with plants and the such.
Some of the coursework is as follows; Year of Chem, Year of Bio, Year of physics, strength of materials, Ecological Engineering I and II, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and transfer processes, hydrology, hydraulic engineering, fate and transport of chemicals, geotechnical engineering, soil engineering, bioremediation, environmental engineering design,
and then there are various tracks in either a general, an ecosystem restoration engineering, or water resources engineering.
Does this sound like a solid skill set? Would I need to attend graduate school or would this be somewhat equivalent to the types of jobs I could get with a masters in ES?
Any opinions about these classes and experience within the field is greatly appreciated, thank you.