Chemistry Department

Chair's Welcome

The University of Texas at El Paso is part of the University of Texas System and has a growing vibrant campus with a truly diverse student body. As an integral component of this great University, the Chemistry Department outgrew its old location and now occupies a new state-of-the-art building. Our department includes major research efforts in the areas of Environmental Chemistry, Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Materials Science, Nano-technology, as well as in the traditional research areas of Organic, Inorganic, Organometallic, Analytical, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry.

Our department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in both chemistry and biochemistry that are certified by the American Chemical Society. The department also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. These degrees are designed to be consistent with our student’s professional goals. These include chemical or biochemical research in an industrial (agriculture, petroleum, pharmaceutical, plastics, etc…), academic or national laboratory setting. Furthermore, a chemistry degree from our department will allow you to enter the exciting fields of environmental, forensics, health (clinical, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary, etc…) and materials science studies.

I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to visit UTEP and our department so that you can see our research capabilities firsthand. Obtaining a B.S. or graduate degree is an important endeavor and we certainly hope you consider Chemistry at UTEP for your B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. degree.  

Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey
Chairman, Chemistry