The School of Technology (SOTECH), formerly the School of Technology and Environmental Resources (STER), was established on March 29, 1984 as the fifth degree granting unit of the U.P. in the Visayas during the 966th Meeting of the Board of Regents. It was formally operationalized on February 17, 1986 thru Executive Order No. 1 with the transfer of the Food Technology program, along with its faculty, from the College of Arts & Sciences.
On April 22, 1993 the name of the School was changed from STER to SOTECH. Along with its change of name was a modification of its mandate for it to become responsive to the needs of the region and the nation.