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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.


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 4.0 (effective to those who register beginning Jan. 2, 2018). 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 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 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 (usually within two to three weeks), your Award of Completion will be mailed to you.



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