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The Certificate Program in Semiconductor IC Design provides in-depth knowledge in a convenient, self-paced, 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 comprising 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.


Required Courses
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
EL ENG X491 Analog IC Design 2 Online Available
EL ENG X492 Capstone Semiconductor IC Design 1 Online Available
EL ENG X489 Fundamental Analog ICs 2 Online Available
EL ENG X490 IC Filters and Oscillators 2 Online Available
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
EL ENG X484 Digital ICs 2 Online Available
EL ENG X486 Fundamental Mixed-Signal Design 1 Online Available
EL ENG X487 Mixed-Signal Design 1 Online Available
EL ENG X488 Semiconductor Devices for IC Design 2 Online Available
EL ENG X483 Semiconductor IC Amplifiers 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

There are no formal prerequisites, but it is strongly recommended that you are familiar with English terminology in math, science and electronics, and a working knowledge of algebra II, pre-calculus and physics. You should also have a college-level understanding of microelectronic circuits and semiconductor physics.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 4 required courses (7 semester units) and 1–2 electives (1–2 semester units) 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 Award of Completion, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate With Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.9 or higher (effective to those who register beginning Sept. 1, 2016). All coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the certificate.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Semiconductor IC Design, 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. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

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 second 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 $3,750 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to or call (510) 642-4151. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your award 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 award.



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Contact Information

To contact the department office, email or call (510) 642-4151.