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Hi everyone! I'm approaching my senior year in high school and have started the daunting college search, but could use some advice.
I definitely want to do something environment-related, specifically alternative energy design/installation/planning. I'm especially passionate about wind and solar power. I've done a little bit of research, and it seems that a few schools have recently (past 2-3 years) started offering degrees in renewable energy. The three biggest are Illinois State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, and Arizona State University. As far as I know, there are no masters programs yet, although I could be wrong.
These are pretty decent schools, but I know I can do better if I decide to go into environmental engineering instead, hence the hard decision. Basically, environmental engineering would give me a larger choice of schools, but I'm afraid it might limit my career choice/path later.
Also, since these programs are pretty new, there isn't much info out there on them. It seems to me that most of these programs are more geared toward the installation and construction part of renewable energy, and I'd rather focus on the broader picture of implementation, planning, design, AND installation. I think this would be more meaningful (and better-paying). Can anyone confirm or refute this?
My question is this: considering I want to go into the renewable energy sector, does it make more sense to major in renewable energy or environmental engineering? Will environmental engineering be too far removed from renewables? Will renewables be too specific if I decide to branch out in the future?
Feel free to contact me for any clarification. Any input is appreciated!