I'm better in social sciences and arts than math and science

Hey Kristin,

I'm currently working on getting my AA in a community college. I recently became interested in a career in Environmental Engineering but I have a few fears. I have always been naturally inclined to social sciences and the arts so pursuing math sciences are a bit of a challenge for me. I basically want to know if you have met people with the same situation as me succeed in Environmental Engineering. Any tips and pointers would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
posted by Michelle on February 4, 2015

Answer by Kristin Malosh

Hi Michelle. Well, most of the engineers that I know are well-rounded in their interests, meaning that not all of us LOVE math and science.  However, the classes that you need to successfully conquer in pursuing an engineering degree can be daunting if you truly despise math/science. So, to answer your question, yes, I do know many engineers that have a tendency towards social sciences and the arts. However, the path of an actual engineering degree could be really difficult for someone who doesn't have any aptitude towards math/science. I would say that it depends on your level of "challenge" as you stated. I certainly didn't love Calculus, by the time I got to Calc 4, I was just hoping to make it through and not kill my GPA. Engineers are inherently problem solvers- that's what you need to LOVE about being an engineer. Sometimes you need math to solve a problem, but more often than not, you will use a combination of all your skills and not only rely on math.  I hope this helps put things in perspective for you!  Good luck in your adventure. ~Kristin