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College of Engineering

The programs in Biological Engineering specialize in water resources, bioremediation or bioenergy and use state-of-the-art software programs, GIS and image analysis, with students working in departmental laboratories and completing field studies.

Students gain the skills to design and test new ways to produce biodiesel and other forms of alternative energy from feedstock, learn to develop methods and tools to improve soil and water conditions, and aid in protecting or enhancing natural and agricultural lands.

Before entering the program, determine the professor whose research interests match your own and secure a position in their lab; this professor will chair your graduate committee and guide your independent project.

Biological engineering includes three programs:

  • Master of Science
  • Master of Engineering
  • Doctorate

Students pursuing their master’s degree may choose a thesis or non-thesis route; a thesis is excellent preparation for work in consulting, state and federal agency work, as well as for a doctorate, while the non-thesis project allows you to author a professional paper on your project as an excellent addition to your career portfolio.

In pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree in chemical engineering, you gain the knowledge and applicable skills needed to enter your field and address the chemical challenges facing our world today, from processing nuclear waste to removing CO2 from coal-fired power plant emissions.

In this program, you may take advantage of numerous benefits:

  • One-on-one mentorship from internationally recognized faculty members
  • Access to fully-equipped laboratory facilities and modern equipment, including the atomic force microscope (AFM) system
  • Opportunities to present your research at local, regional and national competitions
  • Participation in industry networking activities
  • Fellowships and assistantship opportunities

With a master’s degree from the University of Idaho’s outstanding civil and environmental engineering program, you can anticipate a challenging and productive career in any number of fields critical to the infrastructure that makes modern societies work. Our emphasis on rigorous engineering fundamentals provides you with the comprehensive expertise and experience to launch a rewarding career in one of the world’s most important and valued professions.

The Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) in civil engineering degree is obtained online through Engineering Outreach. This is a non-thesis degree requiring preparation of a technical paper and a minimum of 33 credits to graduate.

With a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) in computer engineering, the University of Idaho equips you with the upper level hardware and software knowledge, refined research skills and industry connections you need to help develop the next generation of computer innovations.

The computer engineering graduate program at U of I Idaho Falls incorporates concepts from both electrical engineering and computer science, focusing on the architecture, programming and application of digital computers.

View the CS Curriculum Wiki.

An advanced degree in computer science from the University of Idaho prepares you to lead the discussion and development of advanced computer concepts and applications in science, engineering, business, the academic environment and in everyday life.

Graduate students at the University of Idaho, Idaho Falls have direct access to faculty and the opportunity to participate in pioneering research activities. One exciting research focus area at U of I Idaho Falls is cybersecurity. Faculty and students are engaged in studying and solving problems related to information assurance, industrial control systems security and critical infrastructure resilience.

Students can also study computer and network forensics, malware analysis, intrusion detection, and incident response using both virtual and real industrial controls systems and traditional information technology systems. U of I Idaho Falls is building a new, state-of-the-art educational and research facility to explore computer security challenges through hands-on experiments and projects.

The College of Engineering at University of Idaho gives you the opportunity to advance your industry knowledge, improve your credentials, engage in leading electrical engineering research, and enhance your career with a graduate degree in electrical engineering offered through Engineering Outreach (EO).

Available programs include:

  • Master of Science (M.S.E.E.)
  • Master of Engineering (M.E.E.E.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Areas of emphasis include supercomputing, microwaves, communication systems, electromagnetics, signal analysis and many more. Our faculty members are internationally recognized for excellence in teaching and research, and are widely respected for significant scientific contributions to the electrical engineering industry.

You will have ample opportunity to work alongside these distinguished researchers on practical projects vital to industry, and may also have the chance to participate in collaborative research projects with partners such as NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, Hewlett-Packard Company and other top energy and power firms.

The Engineering Management Program at University of Idaho is designed for engineering professionals moving into technical management roles. Expand your knowledge in your chosen field of expertise while exploring the analytical, technical and human resource aspects of management in a technical environment.

Classes are offered by resident and affiliate faculty; all courses required for the program are available for distance learners through the University of Idaho’s Engineering Outreach program.

Students may elect to conduct a master’s project on a relevant topic to their current career or organization.

The University of Idaho’s College of Engineering allows students to combine geology and engineering with a degree in geological engineering. This professional discipline relies on the use of geological conditions and implications for:

  • The design and construction of civil and mining projects
  • The evaluation and mitigation of natural and human-caused geologic hazards
  • The exploration and development of mineral and energy resources with a combination of courses in geological engineering, civil engineering (soil mechanics), hydrogeology and site characterization

The program offered at U of I Idaho Falls combines courses in geological and civil engineering, hydro-geology and site characterization. Learn how to combine your skills in geology and engineering to ensure that the infrastructure that makes our nation function stands firm.

Bridge the gap between engineers and technicians and enter your career field at the supervisory and management level in business, manufacturing, industry or government with a degree in Industrial Technology.

Companies hiring U of I’s Industrial Technology graduates include: NASA, General Motors, Dow Chemical, Hewlett Packard, IKON, Boeing, Intel, Lockheed-Martin and many others.

  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology: Learn to create and manage complex technological systems, gain experience in basic and advanced level processes, procedures, and planning and management while taking classes that suit your educational objectives, whether traditional or non-traditional.

Courses may be delivered live, online, or produced for online delivery by Engineering Outreach (EO). EO courses are accessible within two hours after production.


McKellar, Michael, Ph.D.

Faculty, Energy Water Research, Industrial Technology Program Director
Phone: 208-757-5431

Caudle, Debbie

Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Phone: 208-757-5454

Academic Advisors
Phone: 208-757-5484 or 208-757-5500

The University of Idaho is the only school in Idaho to offer a full gamut of degrees in materials science and engineering, with Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in materials science and engineering available.

The University of Idaho, Idaho Falls program equips you with the high-level technical knowledge and quality research experiences needed to address today’s most complicated industry problems. It includes a carefully crafted mix of theoretical and practical study, with the flexibility to tailor the program to your interests.

You will work alongside internationally recognized faculty members engaged in leading research in areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and many more. Access to modern laboratory facilities and state-of-the-art equipment makes this program stand out.

The University of Idaho will prepare you for the cutting edge of countless fields, ranging from aerospace, computer, automotive, construction and defense to biotechnology, robotics, and energy and thermal systems with advanced degrees in mechanical engineering (M.E.).

This broad discipline provides you with a big-picture perspective of future opportunities, as well as the diverse research experiences required to make the most of them. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of research areas and work alongside faculty on industry-sponsored research.

The College of Engineering offers exceptional graduate degree programs in nuclear engineering at the University of Idaho, Idaho Falls. A broad spectrum of courses, faculty expertise and facilities are available to you in partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho State University (ISU), and Boise State University (BSU).

Graduate degrees available:

  • Master of Engineering, Nuclear Engineering
  • Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering
  • Doctor of Science, Nuclear Engineering

Graduate certificates available:

These degree programs provide superior education opportunities and prepare you for a productive career in research, industry and academia. Areas of specialization include:

  • Nuclear fuel processing
  • Materials
  • Radioactive waste treatment and management
  • Thermal behavior and measurement
  • Nuclear systems design and modeling
  • Applications of nuclear process heat

The United States is realizing a critical shortage of nuclear engineers due to recent interest in enhancing pollution-free nuclear power for electricity, hydrogen production, industrial and medical applications and national security. You will be poised for a successful career in research, industry, government or education.

For more information about the possibilities in the Nuclear Engineering program read the Nuclear Engineering and Related Programs Factsheet.

The Technology Management program at the University of Idaho, Idaho Falls is a distance education program for technical professionals who want to progress in their careers. It will prepare you with the expertise and leadership skills you need to advance your career in today’s fast-paced world.

You will expand your knowledge beyond a specific technical field into management and business, with business knowledge, organizational insights and communication skills integrated with technical knowledge for proficient technical managers and leaders.

Faculty and instructors teach at U of I Idaho Falls, though courses may be delivered live, online, or produced for online delivery by Engineering Outreach (EO).


Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Phone: 208-757-5450

Fax: 208-757-5494


Center for Advanced Energy Studies

Physical Address:

995 MK Simpson Boulevard
Idaho Falls, ID 83401