Communications is rapidly becoming a defining characteristic of the 21st century. Wireless devices include everything 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 increasingly available on commercial aircraft. Ever more exotic applications are being announced regularly.
All of these advancements are based on the ability of engineers to design sophisticated RF circuits that are energy efficient, high performing, small in size and economically practical.
The RF Engineering Specialized Certificate provides professionals 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 and the design of practical, 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.
"I am very pleased with the job opportunities I have received since completing the UCSD Extension RF Engineering program in June 2017. The course work was challenging and highly relevant to the RF industry. The online format made the instruction convenient. The instructors were also easily accessible and brought their years of practical experience to the learning environment. Don't be surprised if you make several valuable industry contacts through the online forum discussion groups. The following companies have reached out to me since completing my studies 3 weeks ago.
Paul C., Chandler, AZ
Students should have general knowledge about principles of electronics and electronic engineering, general knowledge about transistor operation, and circuits analysis; and/or have a background in electrical engineering, or computer engineering. If you do not have this foundation please take Electronics and Telecommunications Review (ECE-40289), RF Principles and Applications (EE-40137). If you have this background you may take the required courses, no waiver is needed.
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
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Students on average take about a year and a half to complete this certificate. This certificate may be completed online from anywhere in the world. Students may take more than one class a quarter by taking 1 required class and 1 elective class in the same quarter. However, each course includes an average of 6-8 hours of homework per week. Taking more than one class a quarter should be well-thought-out, and other work/school/life commitments should be considered prior to enrolling in more than one class per quarter. Students cannot take more than 1 required course per quarter, since they need to be taken consecutively. You have up to five years to complete all requirements for the certificate.
Students should have general knowledge about principles of electronics and electronic engineering, general knowledge about transistor operation, and circuits analysis; and/or have a background in electrical engineering, or computer engineering. If you do not have this foundation please take RF Principles and Applications. If you have this background you may take the required courses, no waiver is needed.
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