Formulating Our World and the Products of Tomorrow
UA chemical engineering students use their knowledge of chemistry, math and physics to solve problems in areas such as the design and manufacturing of consumer products, production of food, and provision of clean water and air.
Academic Focus Areas
UA chemical engineering is one of only a few approved College of Engineering pre-med programs. The three academic focus areas prepare students for careers in a broad range of industries.
- Environmental is focused on increasing environmental safety in industry and reducing emissions and contaminants in the environment.
- Biomedical centers around modernizing disease diagnostics and treatment.
- Pre-medical prepares students to succeed in medical school
UA chemical engineers are finding better ways to protect and repair the environment, improve the human condition, and ensure sustainability. And chemical engineering students tend to make the most of studying at a Tier-1 research institution. In fact, more than 90 percent of chemical engineering undergraduates are estimated to be involved in research at some point during their time at the University.
Researchers are advancing processes, technologies and understanding in the following areas, for example:
- Algae-based biofuels
- Water treatment and reuse
- Clean semiconductor manufacturing
- Solar energy
- Drug delivery
- Cancer detection and treatment
- Climate change
Outside the Classroom
Not only is undergraduate research a mainstay of UA chemical engineering, but also many students do internships. Additionally, clubs and organizations play an important role in students’ personal and professional development, strengthening leadership, teamwork and communication skills.
The honor society Omega Chi Epsilon promotes creativity, entrepreneurship, professionalism and camaraderie among chemical engineering students. The American Institute of Chemical Engineershosts social events and provides opportunities for mentoring, tutoring and professional networking. And, in the UA Home Brew club, students put chemical engineering skills to the task with craft brewing techniques.
UA chemical engineering is known for getting students where they want to go, whether it is a prestigious medical or graduate school somewhere in the world or a career in any number of industries – manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, polymers, biotechnology, or environmental health and safety.
Join a Diverse Community of Thinkers, Inventors and Entrepreneurs
Welcome, and congratulations on all of your hard work getting here!
If you are looking to join a diverse group of students known for their hard work, academic excellence and dedication to making a difference in people’s lives, you have come to the right place! We look forward to helping you accomplish your academic and career goals.
Students apply to the University of Arizona and the College of Engineering through UA Admissions. And the University and College perform a comprehensive review of all applications.
Please see the appropriate admissions guidelines.
High school graduates looking to call UA Engineering home for the next four years
Students who have earned at least 24 credits from another institution
Non-U.S. citizens without permanent residence status
Current UA Students
Students who wish to switch to one of the College’s 14 majors
Helping You Achieve Your Educational Goals
In addition to the University’s scholarship package and financial aid options, the College of Engineering provides several merit- and need-based undergraduate scholarships to offset tuition, fees and other student expenses. Thanks largely to the support of alumni and donors, the College awarded over $1 million in scholarships in 2015 to more than 350 undergraduate and graduate students.
The UA Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid administers most College of Engineering scholarships through Scholarship Universe, a free searchable database, which -- based on characteristics such as gender, class standing and enrollment status -- matches student academic and professional interests with potential funding. Scholarships are awarded through federal and state agencies, private corporations, professional membership organizations, alumni and donors.
Jeremy Gin, electrical and computer engineering Class of 2015, was on a winning Design Day team: “I am grateful for the Thomas Brown Foundation’s investment in my education and development. I have been able to devote myself to my studies and to how my engineering skills can be used to best serve humanity.”
Scholarship opportunities are frequently announced in weekly emails from the College’s dean of academic affairs to all UA Engineering undergraduates
Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen
Incoming freshmen who have designated Engineering as their primary college and meet the scholarship criteria can apply for the following:
College of Engineering Grants (also available to transfer students)
Students who apply to the UA Honors College may also be eligible for Honors Scholarships.
For scholarship consideration, incoming freshmen are required to have submitted SAT or ACT test scores and official high school transcripts. A Free Application for Student Aid, or FAFSA, must be on file with the UA Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for need-based scholarships.
Scholarships for Continuing Students
College of Engineering scholarships for continuing students match student profiles with donor specifications. The application for these scholarships is on Scholarship Universefrom early February until the week after spring break.
Be sure to read the scholarship guidelines first. Remember to attach 1.) your résumé, including current employment and weekly hours worked or school and community activities, leadership roles and honors and 2.) a 250- to 500-word bio, including educational and professional goals, reason for interest in specific engineering major, and adversity overcome to attend college.
For scholarship consideration, continuing students are required to have a Free Application for Student Aid, or FAFSA, on file with the UA Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for need-based scholarships.
For more information about scholarships for continuing undergraduate students in the College of Engineering, please see Department Scholarship Contacts.