The online Certificate Program in Integrated Circuit Design and Techniques provides in-depth knowledge in a convenient online format designed for working professionals. Develop an understanding of key concepts in state-of-the-art design, including semiconductor characteristics; semiconductor device modeling; and analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) design. Instruction emphasizes a practical perspective involving physical concepts, operation principles, second-order effects, modeling and simulation. By choosing UC Berkeley Extension, you benefit from an association with a university known worldwide for engineering excellence. An advisory board consisting of UC Berkeley College of Engineering faculty and industry leaders of major semiconductor companies in the Asia/Pacific region and the United States ensures that the program is academically strong and professionally relevant. Course slides and exams are in English;however, most of the program courses have English and Mandarin soundtracks that accompany the majority of slides. If you speak Mandarin, you need some proficiency in English.

Note: Effective July 2014, some course names have been changed to more accurately reflect course content and current industry terminology.

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Disambiguation Notice: In addition to this online certificate program offered by UC Berkeley Extension that delivers individual courses for working professionals, UC Berkeley College of Engineering (EECS) also offers a fully online, part-time Master of Advanced Study in Integrated Circuits (MAS-IC) as a specialized degree program in the domain of integrated circuit design. Learn more about the MAS-IC program.

Courses

Required Courses
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
EL ENG X138 Semiconductor Devices for IC Design 2 Online Available
EL ENG X140 IC Filters and Oscillators 2 Online Available
EL ENG X141 Analog IC Design 2 Online Available
EL ENG X139 Fundamental Analog ICs 2 Online Available
Electives
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
This elective is a graduate-level course. A bachelor's degree in a related field is a prerequisite.
EL ENG X237 Design Techniques of High-Performance Data Converters 1 Online Available
EL ENG X134 Digital ICs 2 Online Available
EL ENG X405 Computer Simulation of Electronic Circuits 1 Online Available
EL ENG X33 Semiconductor IC Amplifiers 1 Online Available
EL ENG X31 Introduction to Microelectronic Circuits 1 Online Available
This elective is a graduate-level course. A bachelor's degree in a related field is a prerequisite.
EL ENG X236 Fundamentals of Modern Data Converter Design 1 Online Available
EL ENG X30 Introduction to Microelectronics 1 Online Available
EL ENG X32 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices 1 Online Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

Although there are no prerequisites or special admission requirements to register for the Certificate Program in Integrated Circuit Design and Techniques, you should be adequately prepared for the coursework. Suggested guidelines for preparation include the following:

Math: You need a working knowledge of second-year algebra and precalculus. Having college-level math such as calculus, Fourier transforms and differential equations will give you an advantage on higher-level courses such as data converters and semiconductor physics.

Science: You need to have a working knowledge of physics and basic circuit theories—such as Thévenin and Norton equivalent circuits, Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage Law (KVL) and Kirchhoff's Current Law (KCL)—at the high school level or higher.

English: You need to have at least some English-language proficiency in the fields of math, science and electronics to be able to understand the technical terms and jargon in the course content. Examples of technical terms include amplifier, diode, analog, digital, frequency, phase, complex number, semiconductor and transistor. The enrollment materials, course slides, course projects and exams are in English.

Computer and Internet: You must have basic computer skills, including knowing how to manage the security options in the browser to allow pop-ups and install plug-ins.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 4 required courses and 1–2 electives for a total of 10 semester units (150 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.0 grade point average, with a grade of C or better (no C– grades) in each course. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. All coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the certificate.

All courses are self-paced, and you can start a course at any time. These courses are designed to let you learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. Lecture slides are accompanied by English and Mandarin soundtracks. For every hour you spend on the lecture slides, you should expect at least three hours of additional study time. The time required for each course will vary from student to student. You are expected to submit your homework assignments and research projects to the instructor via email.

You must complete a course within six months of your date of enrollment. Most students who have full-time jobs and who study part time can finish an individual course within four months. If you complete all of the coursework and requirements for a course before the six months maximum time permitted, you can request an appointment to take a proctored final exam.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Integrated Circuit Design and Techniques, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration , and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

You should register for the certificate before you complete your first course in the curriculum.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated cost of $2,575 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

You are also responsible for purchasing any computer equipment or broadband connection needed to take these courses. You may be required to pay a fee when you take a final exam for each course. Fees are set by the testing center at which you schedule to take your proctored exams. Effective December 7, 2009, the fee for a proctored examination administered at UC Berkeley Extension's Golden Bear Center is $150.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to sdchang@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4151. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

Advisory Board

Richard Chang, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SEMI)

John Hsuan
Vice Chairman Emeritus
United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC)

Chenming Calvin Hu, Ph.D.
TSMC Distinguished Chair Professor, EECS
UC Berkeley

Chia Song Hwee
President and CEO
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Chartered)

Hsin-I Lin
Chairman
Industry Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

Tsu-Jae King Liu, Ph.D.
Professor, EECS
UC Berkeley

F.C. Tseng, Ph.D.
Vice Chairman
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)