Analog Integrated Circuit Design

This academic certificate is offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. After completing this certificate, students will have a solid understanding of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit analysis, design, simulation, and layout for baseband and radio frequency applications; advanced biasing techniques; voltage references; operational amplifiers; frequency compensation techniques; comparators; mixed-signal systems such as phase-locked loops and delay locked loops; data converters including analog-to-digital converters and digital-to-analog converters; high-speed electronic switching, timing, and pulse-shaping techniques; filters, and signal and power integrity for high speed electronic systems.

Certificate Coordinator: Suat Ay, Ph.D.

All students must contact the certificate coordinator to discuss background qualifications prior to starting the certificate. The certificate coordinator is a faculty member who will advise you before you declare for the certificate and while you are taking courses.

Certificate Application Prerequisite:
All students must have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

▼ Steps to Get Started and Complete This Certificate
Follow these steps to apply and complete this certificate:
  1. New Students: Students will need to apply online for admission as a Graduate Level/Academic Certificate student. There is a $30.00 fee for this application. You will also need to submit unofficial transcripts to Graduate Admissions that show you have completed a B.S. degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who have below a 3.0 cumulative GPA on their undergraduate record and wish to enroll in a graduate certificate program are encouraged to apply and may be admitted based on departmental review.

    Certificate-only students will be classified as certificate seeking at the graduate level and are not eligible for financial aid.  International graduate certificate applicants must meet the University of Idaho language requirement. Due to the nature of these programs, immigration regulations prohibit students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa admission to certificate-only programs.   

    Current Graduate Students: Students already admitted as graduate students need to complete a graduate change of admission form (the bottom of page 2 of the Change of Curriculum form) to add a Graduate Academic Certificate as an additional curriculum to their study plan. Proper signatures will be needed from the department and turned in at the Registrar's Office for processing.

    Current Undergraduate and Nondegree Students: Current undergraduate students may earn a Graduate Academic Certificate if they are eligible to participate in graduate level courses. Non-degree students are not admitted to the College of Graduate Studies. They may, however, take graduate courses with permission of the instructor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies if they provide proof that they have earned a baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    For all levels, see more information at Certificate Programs.
    • Track your progress for your certificate in VandalWeb by first selecting the Student Information tab then the Degree Audit folder.

      Certificate Policy:
      • A grade of 'B' or higher is required in all coursework for certificates offered by the College of Engineering.
      • Coursework must not be more than five years old unless it is being used in conjunction with the completion of a graduate degree.
      • Students may use up to three approved transfer credits toward the certificate with departmental approval.
    • When you’ve completed all course requirements, apply for the certificate award on VandalWeb by first selecting the Student Information tab then the Apply for Degree or Certificate folder. See information about the graduation application and deadlines at the Registrar's Website.

    Course Selection

    This academic certificate consists of 12 credits selected from the courses listed below and approved by the certificate coordinator.

    Required Courses (9 credits)
    ECE 512
    Analog Filter Design
    ECE 515
    Analog Integrated Circuit Design
    ECE 517
    Mixed Signal IC Design
    Electives (3 credits)
    ECE 416
    Applications of Linear Integrated Circuits
    ECE 430 Microwave and Millimeter Wave Circuits  3
    ECE 445 Introduction to VLSI Design
    ECE 460 Semiconductor Devices
    ECE 513
    Radio-Frequency IC Design