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Learn the fundamentals of semiconductors and integrated circuits (ICs). Designed for technical professionals new to the field, this program teaches microelectronics and microelectronic circuit theory, as well as IC design, semiconductor devices and computer-circuit simulation tools.


There are no formal prerequisites for the Professional Sequence in Semiconductor Technology Fundamentals, but it is strongly recommended that you are familiar with English terminology in math, science and electronics; a working knowledge of algebra II, pre-calculus and physics; and an understanding of basic circuit theories such as Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff Voltage Law and Kirchhoff Current Law.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 4 required courses (5 semester units) and 1 elective (1 semester unit) for a total of 6 semester units (90 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable program 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. All coursework must be completed within three to five years.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Professional Sequence in Semiconductor Technology Fundamentals, 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 should register for the program 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 program has an estimated cost of $2,250 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the program 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 (usually within two to three weeks), your Award of Completion will be mailed to you.