Digital Technology and Electronics Certificate

The Certificate in Digital Technology and Electronics consists of 23 course credits covering electronics and computer programming and organization.  The courses, offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Computer Science, lead to a culminating internship or research experience.  The Certificate is intended for

  • Science majors, especially those interested in experimental science who need a working knowledge of electronic technology

  • Computer science majors who want hands-on experience with electronic circuits and their use in computer architecture and engineering

  •  Students in the sciences and in other fields interested in careers involving digital technology and electronic devices

The Certificate provides students with a working knowledge of analog and digital circuit design, computer architecture and engineering, and both high-level and machine-level computer programming.  Students are given the hands-on experience of working in teams to design, construct and program a functioning computer system.


Seven required courses (23 credits total)

Six courses (20 credits) in required physics and computer sciences courses:

PHY 165Applied Physics

4

PHY 305Analog circuits

3

PHY 315Digital Circuits and Systems

3

CMP 167Programming Methods I

3

CMP 267Programming Methods II

3

CMP 334Computer Organization

4

PHY 165: Students may take PHY 167 or PHY 169 in place of PHY 165.

One course (3 credits) in experiential learning:

Either

CMP 487Internship in Computer Science

3 (maximum 6 credits).

Or

PHY 487Internship in Physics

3 (maximum 6 credits).

Or

PHY 489Honors Course

One semester, 6 or 9 hours, 2 or 3 credits (maximum 8 credits).