The University of Arizona has a long and distinguished record in engineering education and research. Programs in chemical engineering have been offered here since 1956 and in environmental engineering since 1969. The two programs united as one department in 1994. The merger has also facilitated a tremendous increase in research collaboration between environmental and chemical engineers.

The department has concentrated its resources in several major focus areas including environment and sustainability, semiconductor and thin film materials manufacturing, and biotechnology.

For more information about individual faculty research areas, please see faculty profiles.


Our faculty members play major roles in interdisciplinary research, often collaborating with University colleagues in the biological sciences. Many of their activities have involved high-profile research centers, including the following:

University of Arizona College of Engineering