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Do I Need To Take Geography To Become An Environmental Engineer?

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Yes, I think you should take geography if you intend to become an environmental engineer. You would probably be offered foundation or advanced courses in geography anyway when you are in college for environmental sciences. But if you have basic knowledge of it, it always helps as you can grasp the ideas and concepts better in higher classes.
Geography is very important for any discipline that has to do with environment. That is because geography helps us understand the physical processes occurring in the environment. If you understand the processes better, you would be able to understand the changes occurring in them too as a result of natural or anthropogenic (human) activities. So that when you design a treatment plant or site, you would be able to fully justify the needs of the area according to the terrain and other physical attributes of the area for which you are designing the component and also fully treat or avoid adverse changes occurring in the area.
Also, many tools for environmental surveillance are the same as those used for geographical monitoring like remote sensing (GIS/GMS etc) so it makes sense that you know something about geography in order to be an environmental engineering.
Lastly, it would also help you out a lot once you start practising after your studies. There will be many constraints on you when you design anything. People with economic interests may want you to put in an environmentally unsound design. However, if you have a sound knowledge of the geography of the area, you would be able to convince them about the importance of your design OR you could redesign the project in a way that is both fine for the geography and for their economic constraints.
Hope this helped you. Have a bright future!

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