The School of Chemistry and Environment Protection Engineering (SCEPE) was originally named the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at the birth of Southwest University for Nationalities (SWUN). In 1986, it was renamed as the Department of Chemistry, and in the beginning of the 21st century, it was changed to its current name. Currently, the school offers nine undergraduate programs: chemistry, applied chemistry, chemical engineering and technology (including the excellent engineer training program), environmental sciences, pharmaceutical engineering (including the excellent engineer training program), pharmaceutical preparation, pharmacy, science of traditional Chinese medicine, and materials chemistry. In addition, the school offers one primary postgraduate program in chemistry and four secondary postgraduate programs：organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymeric chemistry & physics, and chemistry of ethnopharmacology. At present, SCEPE has over 1,700 full-time undergraduates and more than 60 postgraduates. Among the 66 faculty members, seven are professors and 26 are associate professors. 38 of the faculty members hold and 19 are studying for doctoral degrees, accounting for 87.9% of the total number. Moreover, all faculty members below 35 years old hold master’s degrees or above, and 12 of them have the experience of studying abroad.
Currently, SCEPE has a Key Chemistry Lab under the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the PRC, and a Virtual Simulation Chemical Experimental and Teaching Center of Sichuan Province, along with Institute of Ethnopharmacology, Institute of Qiang Medicine, Lab of Ethnopharmacology, Pharmaceutical Engineering Lab, and Instrumental Analysis Lab, with a total area of over 8,000 m2. The school is equipped with advanced experimental instruments, which are worth approximately RMB 30 million. Amongst these instruments, many are imported from foreign countries, such as the high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, infrared spectrometer, mass spectrometer, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, plasma mass spectrometry, and field emission scanning electron microscopy. These labs can satisfy the needs of nearly 700 students of 16 standard classes across 12 programs from SCEPE and from the School of Life Sciences and Technology as well. In addition, the school has seven tight-knit off-campus practice bases and more than 10 loose-knit off-campus practice bases.