How closely related are Environmental and Civil engineering related?

<p>Still sort of undecided in what to major in within engineering, but so far I am interested in Electrical, Biomedical, or Environmental engineering. </p>

<p>One of the colleges that I'm applying to however, does not offer Environmental (Or Biomedical) as one of their majors. They do, however, have a Env eng minor within civil though.</p>

<p>If I decide to go that path, how different would doing a major in civil and minor in environmental be from just going in as an environmental engineering major?</p>

<p>What you may want to do is compare course requirements for civil engineering programs with environmental subareas versus environmental engineering programs.</p>

<p>Note that some schools have environmental engineering programs without [url=<a href="http://www.abet.org%5DABET%5B/url"&gt;http://www.abet.org]ABET[/url&lt;/a&gt;] accreditation, though they may also have civil engineering programs with ABET accreditation. ABET accreditation is important in civil engineering, since Professional Engineer licensing is commonly needed in civil engineering.</p>

<p>I have seen some colleges put the environmental engineering within civil. There are some ties between the two fields but the reason they are combined is probably more administrative. </p>

<p>To see what any program is really like, you need to go look in the degree requirements (ie. required classes) and the course descriptions (to see the specific course content). I would advise anyone looking at a specific college to do that, no matter what their intended major is.</p>

<p>Civil can take environmental jobs but the reverse is usually not true. I think civil with environmental emphasis would be best. Also ABET accreditation is important for either.</p>