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Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are designed to provide intensive background in a narrow area at the graduate level. At roughly one-third of the units of a master’s degree program, the certificate is designed to be completed in a much shorter period of time. These certificate programs are appropriate for students working in industry who wish to update their skills or those interested in changing their career path. More detail about certificates may be found on the department website.

Admission

To be accepted into a certificate program, the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree and meet any additional requirements for the specific certificate. Exceptions based on work experience may be granted for the Certificate in Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering.

Grade Requirements

Students must receive a minimum grade of C in each course and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better to earn a certificate.

Continuation for a Master's Degree

All Santa Clara University graduate courses applied to the completion of a certificate program earn graduate credit that may also be applied toward a graduate degree. Students who wish to continue for such a degree must submit a separate application and satisfy all normal admission requirements. The general GRE test requirement for graduate admission to the master’s degree will be waived for students who complete a certificate program with a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Academic Requirements

ASIC Design and Test
This certificate program has a dual purpose: (a) to strengthen fundamental knowledge of the design process that helps the designer adapt to future innovations in technology; and (b) to introduce the designer to state-of-the-art tools and techniques. The program consists of the eight courses listed below. Any change in the requirements must be approved by the academic advisor.

Required Courses (16 units)

  • ELEN 387 VLSI Design I (2 units)
  • ELEN 500 Logic Analysis and Synthesis (2 units)
  • ELEN 603 Logic Design Using HDL (2 units)
  • ELEN 605 High-Level Synthesis (2 units)
  • ELEN 608 Design for Testability (2 units)
  • ELEN 624 Signal Integrity in IC and PCB Systems (2 units)
  • Two electives from ELEN 388, 389, 601, 604, 609, 613, 614 or 620 (2 units)

Analog Circuit Design
This certificate provides a background in the basic devices and circuits that are funda­ mental to analog circuit design. The program will also introduce the student to state-ofthe-art analog IC design tools. The program consists of the courses listed below totaling 16 units.

Required Courses (14 units)

  • ELEN 252 Analog Integrated Circuits I (2 units)
  • ELEN 253 Analog Integrated Circuits II (2 units)
  • ELEN 254 Advanced Analog Integrated Circuit Design (4 units)
  • ELEN 264 Semiconductor Device Theory I (2 units)
  • ELEN 387 VLSI Design I (2 units)

Elective Courses (2 units)

  • ELEN 251 Transistor Models for IC Design (2 units)
  • ELEN 265 Semiconductor Device Theory II (2 units)
  • ELEN 351 RF Integrated Circuit Design (2 units)
  • ELEN 352 Mixed Signal IC Design for Data Communications (2 units)
  • ELEN 353 DC to DC Power Conversion (2 units)
  • ELEN 388 VLSI Design II (2 units)

Digital Signal Processing Applications
This certificate program provides a basic understanding of digital signal processing the­ ory and modern implementation methods as well as advanced knowledge of at least one specific application area. Digital signal processing has become an important part of many areas of engineering, and this certificate prepares students for traditional or novel applica­tions.

Required Courses (10-12 units)

  • ELEN 233E or ELEN 233 and 234 Digital Signal Processing I, II (4 units)
  • ELEN 223 Digital Signal Processing System Development (4 units) or ELEN 226 DSP Design in FPGA (2 units)
  • ELEN 421 Speech Coding I or ELEN 640 Digital Image Processing I (2 units)
  • AMTH 210 or AMTH 245 (2 units)

Elective Courses (4 to 6 units to make a total of 16 units) may be selected from the list below. Any courses from the required list above that were not selected to meet the requirements may be included in the elective options.

  • AMTH 308 Theory of Wavelets (2 units) or AMTH 358 Fourier Transforms (2 units)
  • ELEN 241 Introduction to Communications (2 units)
  • ELEN 243 Digital Communications Systems (2 units)
  • ELEN 244 Information Theory (2 units)
  • ELEN 247 Communication Systems Modeling Using Simulink I (2 units)
  • ELEN 334 Introduction to Statistical Signal Processing (2 units)
  • ELEN 422 Speech Coding II (2 units)
  • ELEN 431 Adaptive Signal Processing I (2 units)
  • ELEN 643 Digital Image Processing II (2 units)
  • ELEN 644 Computer Vision I (2 units) or ELEN 645 Computer Vision II (2 units)

 

Digital Signal Processing Theory
This certificate program provides a firm grounding in fundamentals of digital signal processing (DSP) technology and its applications. It is appropriate for engineers involved with any application of DSP who want a better working knowledge of DSP theory and its applications. A novel feature of the program is a hands-on DSP hardware/software develop­ ment laboratory course in which students design and build systems for various applications using contemporary DSP hardware and development software.

Required Courses (8 units)

  • AMTH 308 Theory of Wavelets (2 units) or AMTH 358 Fourier Transforms (2 units)
  • ELEN 233E or ELEN 233 and 234 Digital Signal Processing I, II (4 units)
  • ELEN 334 Introduction to Statistical Signal Processing (2 units)

Elective Courses (8 units)

  • ELEN 223 Digital Signal Processing System Development (4 units)
  • ELEN 226 DSP Design in FPGA (2 units)
  • ELEN 235 Estimation I (2 units)
  • ELEN 241 Introduction to Communications (2 units)
  • ELEN 244 Information Theory (2 units)
  • ELEN 336 Detection (2 units)
  • ELEN 431 Adaptive Signal Processing I (2 units)
  • ELEN 640 Digital Image Processing I (2 units)
  • ELEN 641 Image and Video Compression (2 units)
  • ELEN 643 Digital Image Processing II (2 units)

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
This certificate has been designed for those individuals who have significant work experience in some area of electrical engineering and wish to take graduate-level courses but may lack some prerequisite knowledge because they have not earned the BSEE degree. This one-year program consists of 16 to 28 units, depending on the background of the individual student, and covers electrical engineering core areas. Eight of these units may be credited toward an MSEE degree after successful completion of the certificate.

The required courses are selected with the help of the program advisor according to the student’s background.

  • ELEN 21 Introduction to Logic Design (4 units)
  • ELEN 33 Digital Systems Architecture (5 units)
  • ELEN 50 Electric Circuits I (5 units)
  • ELEN 100 Electric Circuits II (5 units)
  • ELEN 104 Electromagnetics I (5 units)
  • ELEN 110 Linear Systems (5 units) or ELEN 210 (2 units)
  • ELEN 115 Electronic Circuits I (5 units) or ELEN 250 (2 units)

Microwave and Antennas
The purpose of this certificate is to meet the increasing need for the knowledge in mi­ crowave, antenna and RF integrated circuits in present electronic products. This program is offered for students who have a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. The students are expected to have had knowledge of multivariate calculus and preferably partial differential equations.

The curriculum consists of 16 units: two required courses (4 units) and 12 units of elective courses listed below:

Required Courses

  • ELEN 201 Electromagnetic Field Theory I (2 units)
  • ELEN 701 Microwave System Architecture (2 units)

Elective Courses

  • Signal Integrity and RF Circuits: ELEN 351, 354, 624 (2 units each)
  • RF Circuits: ELEN 351, 354 (2 units each)
  • Laboratory oriented: ELEN, 726 (3 units)
  • Passive components: ELEN 706 (2 units)
  • Active components: ELEN 711, 712 (2 units each)
  • Antennas: ELEN 715, 716 (2 units each)
  • Bio-Electromagnetics: ELEN 203 (2 units)

Substitutions for these courses are only possible with the approval of the certificate advisor and the chair.