ECE Focus Area: Integated Circuits (Electrical)

Silicon wafers.  Very large scale integrated circuit.  Etching.


Integrated circuit engineers develop and design the Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuits that play a central role in countless modern electronic devices, appliances, and vehicles. These circuits add smarts and complex functionality to wide variety of devices including computers, phones, medical instruments and implants, automobiles, power generation and distribution systems, airplanes, consumer electronic devices, and home appliances.

Depending on the courses selected, completion of integrated circuits area coursework can provide additional understanding of the physics underlying VLSI circuits, modern VLSI circuit design techniques, approaches to VLSI circuit testing, and VLSI circuits' applications.

Integrated circuits engineers find employment with large chip manufacturers such as Intel and AMD, electronic design automation tool developers, and in the avionics, automobile and telecommunication industries.

Students interested in the Integrated Circuits elective focus area are encouraged to consider the track and EFA course selection suggestions listed below when completing their plan of study form.

EFA Requirements Suggested Options
Track Electrical Track: standard curriculum
Breadth Elective
(select one)
055:033 (ECE:3330) Software Design
055:035 (ECE:3350) Computer Architecture
Depth Elective
(select one)
055:141 (ECE:5410) Advanced Circuit Techniques
055:172 (ECE:5720) Solid State Physical Electronics
100-Level ECE
(select two)
       All depth electives listed above and
055:130 (ECE:5300) Switching Theory
055:132 (ECE:5320) High Performance Computer Architecture
Technical Electives
(select three)
       All breadth, depth and 100-level ECE electives listed above and
055:131 (ECE:5310) Introduction to VLSI Design
055:138 (ECE:5380) Testing Digital Logic Circuits
Additional Electives
(select two)
Any of the above OR courses selected in consultation with advisor.

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