May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Semiconductors and Microelectronics Certificate

About the Certificate

The Certificate in Semiconductors and Microelectronics (16 credits) will be open to students in all undergraduate majors interested in careers in the field of semiconductors and microelectronics. This certificate will give undergraduate students broad technical exposure to topics in the areas of semiconductors and microelectronics and is designed to supplement the baccalaureate plans of studies in different majors, including (but not limited to) engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, technology, and business. The U.S. semiconductor/microelectronics industry is facing an overwhelming and rapidly growing crunch for trained talent - with industry forecasts estimating the need at a minimum of 50,000 additional trained semiconductor engineers and scientists by 2030. The broad scope of the semiconductors and microelectronics industry - from materials and processing to device and integrated circuit/system design, to manufacturing, supply chains, and data analytics, to testing, qualification, packaging, and thermal management - provides exciting career opportunities for students from a wide range of disciplines.

Requirements for the Certificate (16 credits)

Required Course (1 credit)

For ENGR 10301, the section titled “Introduction to Semiconductors” or similar is required.

Semiconductor Experience for Undergraduates (6 credits)

Research courses including relevant independent studies and Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) courses, or Full-time internship relevant to technical areas of semiconductors and microelectronics. Summer or semester-long of full-time internship/co- op/SURF or similar experience is considered equivalent to 6 credit hours.

Technical Courses (9 credits)

Take at least 9 credit hours of courses in at least two out of five technical areas:

  • Semiconductor and Microelectronic Devices
  • Semiconductor Materials, Characterization, and Processing
  • Integrated Circuit and System Design, Electronic Design Automation
  • Electronics Packaging, Heterogeneous Integration, and Thermal Management
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain Management

Semiconductor and Microelectronic Devices

Electronics Packaging, Heterogeneous Integration, and Thermal Management


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