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BS/MS Public Policy

Students graduating from the BS program in microelectronic engineering will have a firm and practical grasp of engineering principles and the underlying science associated with traditional electrical engineering applications as well as advanced courses in semiconductor devices, nanofabrication, lithography and manufacturing. Semiconductor and integrated circuits is one of the largest industrial sectors in our economy. Semiconductors have driven the modern revolutions in lifestyle, communications, transportation, healthcare and finance, but these advances have led to a number of serious moral and policy issues that can only be understood by students able to solve these complex problems by applying a unique engineering perspective including their in-depth knowledge of the way these devices are designed and manufactured.

An MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ career portfolio that could open the door to working in policy related fields. Their technical knowledge combined with the skills needed to analyze and advocate for policy change in both private and public organizations would put them at a significant advantage over others working in the field. The interdisciplinary nature of the program in conjunction with the quantitative and qualitative approaches taken to analyze policy would also contribute to the students’ ability to gain leadership roles in engineering.

The Microelectronic Engineering, BS degree, requires a typical course sequence with a total of 129 semester credit hours. The Science, Technology and Public Policy, MS degree requires a total of 30 semester credit hours.

In order to graduate in the same 5 years, that the BS would normally take, students will have one semester less co-op. They will not have to go on co-op in spring of their fourth year. They will also double count 9 credits for a total of 150 credits. (120 undergraduate and 30 graduate credit hours)

Typical Course Sequence

Course Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-181, 182 Project-Based Calculus I, II 8
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
  Foundational Elective 3
ENGL-xxx Writing Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
MCEE-101 Introduction to Microelectronics 3
CMPR-271 Computational Problem Solving for Engineers 3
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
EEEE-120 Digital Systems I 3
  Wellness Education 0
 Second Year
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
MCEE-205 Statistics and Design of Experiments 3
EEEE-281, 282 Circuits I, II 6
  LAS Perspective 2, 3 6
MATH-231 Differential Equations 3
MCEE-201 IC Technology 3
PHYS-213 Modern Physics 3
EGEN-099 Engineering Co-op Preparation 0
Third Year
  Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
MCEE-320 EM Fields 3
MCEE-360 Semiconductor Devices 4
MCEE-502 VLSI Process Modeling 3
EEEE-381 Electronics I 3
  Free Elective 3
 Fourth Year
MCEE-503 Thin Films (writing intensive) 3
MCEE-505 Lithographic Materials and Processes 3
EEEE-353 Linear Systems 4
EEEE-482 Electronics II 4
  LAS Perspective 4 3
  Free Elective 3
  Professional Electives 1, 2 6
PUBL-701 Graduate Public Policy Analysis
LAS Immersion 1
PUBL-702 Graduate Decision Analysis
LAS Immersion 2
PUBLE-703 Evaluation and Research Design 3
 Fifth Year
MCEE-515 Nanolithography Systems 3
MCEE-495/496 Senior Design I, II 6
  Public Policy Electives 2, 3 6
  Public Policy Elective 1 LAS Immersion 3 3
  MS Thesis Research or 2 additional courses 6
PUBLE-700 Readings in Public Policy 3
STSO-710 Graduate Science and Technology Seminar 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 150