Undergraduate Embedded Certificate in Semiconductor Devices


Embedded Undergraduate Certificate in Semiconductor Devices 2023-2024

General Information


The requirements for a minor and the undergraduate certificate of the same name are the same. Either will appear on the transcript. For a certificate, a diploma-like document is awarded as well. A student choosing the minor may not also receive the certificate and vice versa.


Open to all OSU students initially admitted to the university as part of and Associate or Bachelor Degree program. with GPA 1.7 or higher


Up to six credit hours of minor may also be counted toward major degree. Check with your home department for local rules. Special rules apply to ECE students, see below.  Note: We are applying to relax the overlap between the certificate and the major to 100% of course credits. This is expected to be retroactive.


A GPA of 2.0 in minor courses required; only grades of C- or better may be counted toward the certificate


Required Courses (6 hours)


Semester Offered

ECE 3030

Semiconductor Device Physics



ECE 5530

Fundamentals of Semiconductors for Microelectronics and Photonics



Lab (choose at least one) (4 hours)


ECE 5037

Solid State Electronics and Photonics Laboratory



ECE 5537

Semiconductor Device Characterization and Modeling Lab



Additional Electives (choose at least one) (3 hours)


A second lab may be substituted for the additional elective


ECE 5031

Semiconductor Process Technology



ECE 5033

Surfaces and Interfaces of Electronic Materials



ECE 5131




ECE 5132




ECE 5244

Si and Wide Band Gap Power Devices



ECE 5832

Photovoltaics and Energy Conversion



ECE 5833

Organic and Printed Flexible Electronics







Total certificate hours (min)

13 hrs




Special rules for ECE students



ECE has two programs of study, electrical engineering program of study (EES) and computer engineering program of study (CES).


EES students are required to complete three “domains” for their major, choosing two electives in one domain and one elective in each of two other domains. There are six domains. One of the domains is “solid state electronics and photonics.” ECE students desiring to obtain this minor may take four courses from the list above, excepting ECE 3030, which is required of EES students (They still take 3030 but cannot count it toward the minor.) Of those electives, up to 6 credits from list above can count toward the solid state domain and the certificate simultaneously. To complete the certificate, the student must take ECE 5530, and either 5037 or 5537, and two additional electives from the list above.


CES students are not required to take ECE 3030 for their major. They must take 16 hours of technical electives, of which 9 must be from a list specific to computer engineers They may therefore take up to 7 hours of ECE technical electives outside that list, which may be solid state courses. Thus a CES student could count ECE 3030 and 5530 toward those six hours to degree and toward the certificate simultaneously; they would need to take either the 5037 lab or the 5537 lab, and one additional solid state elective from the table above to complete the certificate.