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RF Engineering Certificate

Communications is rapidly becoming a defining characteristic of the 21st century. Wireless devices are found from video game controllers to Bluetooth headsets. Entertainment and news is delivered via satellites as well as RF based cable systems. GPS navigation systems are ubiquitous, and WiFi connections are even available on some commercial aircraft. Ever more exotic applications are being announced periodically.

All of these capabilities are based on the ability of engineers to design sophisticated RF circuits that are energy efficient, high in performance, small in size, and economically practical.

The RF Engineering Specialized Certificate provides the professional with the positioning to take advantage of the technological advances in both the commercial and military arenas. You will learn the fundamental principles of RF systems, the design of practical and cost effective RF subsystems, and their translation into practical integrated circuits or full RF systems. Also reviewed are the key concepts of simulating, testing, and validating RF systems. NOTE: All students desiring to enter this program are required to begin at the prerequisite course RF Principles and Applications before any other course, unless they can demonstrate credit for an equivalent course from another institution.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Prerequisites
RF Principles and Applications
EE-40137
3
O   X  
Required courses
RFIC Design
ECE-40171
3
X      
RF Circuit Design
EE-40003
3
    O  
RF System Design for Wireless Communications
EE-40098
3
  O    
Electives (Choose two)
Antenna Theory and Design
EE-40129
3
O   O  
Microwave Test & Measurement
EE-40149
3
  X    
Microwave Transmission Engineering
EE-40153
3
    O  
RFID Design and Applications
EE-40148
3
      O
RF PLL Synthesizers
ECE-40175
2
Schedule Varies
Software Defined Radios
EE-40128
3
  X    
Introduction to Remote Sensors
EE-40156
3
Schedule Varies
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 100618 Add to Cart
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Engineering, (858) 534-9357
E-mail: unexengr@ucsd.edu

Program Benefits

  • Introductory-level theory and practical knowledge to enter the field as a designer
  • Advanced study in specific topic areas to help professionals stay current with new developments in their fields
  • Practical training to complement a formal course of academic study

Conditions for Admission

You must consult with the program manager regarding the prerequisite course. Equivalent course credit to RF Principles and Applications must be provided to be waived, work experience can not be evaluated.