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Microelectronic Engineering BS

In RIT’s microelectronic engineering degree, you’ll combine an electrical engineering core with material science and optical engineering to design, fabricate, and integrate microelectronic or nanoelectronic circuits and sensors.

Program skills

Students focus on semiconductor and IC fabrication and design of experiments, basic diode, and transistor circuits. They obtain an enhanced understanding of ion implant, physical vapor deposition and plasma etch and the inner workings of MOS devices and analog and digital integrated circuits. By their fourth year, students can work independently on projects in diffusion, oxidation or ion-implant areas and process integration. In their last year of study, students are well prepared to work independently on projects in diffusion, oxidation, ion-implant, chemical vapor deposition or lithography areas and they have an understanding design of microchips and operation of semiconductor devices. Understand the interaction of light with materials including reflections from multilayer substrates.

Program facilities equipment

Students are exposed to the Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory (SMFL). A 56,000 sq. ft. the lab opened in 1986–class 10 and class 100 cleanrooms; labs; & classrooms. IC lab includes a complete 6” CMOS wafer processing facility, mask-making, test & evaluation rooms, chemical & gas storage, gowning & line maintenance. Capabilities include chemical vapor deposition, plasma etching, ion implantation, diffusion, photolithography, metallization, surface analysis & electrical testing. An expansion of the SMFL has been dedicated to applied research & development work in Microsystems; which includes integrated microelectronics, MEMS, and photonic devices.​

Program job titles

Semiconductor Engineer; Development Engineer; Equipment Engineer; Manufacturing Yield Engineer; Process Engineer; Research Engineer; Device Engineer; Field Applications Engineer; Photolithography Engineer; Process Integration Engineer

Program significant points

  • Only undergraduate programs in the country. ABET-accredited, the five-year program provides an interdisciplinary background in electrical and computer engineering, solid-state electronics, physics, chemistry, materials science, optics, and applied math and sta
  • All seniors complete a two-semester senior design project.
  • Annual Microelectronic Engineering Conference was started in 1983 bringing together students, faculty, alumni, and employers.

Select program hiring partners

Apple; onsemi; Advanced Micro Devices; Analog Devices; ASML; Global Foundries; Intel; Micron; MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Northrop Grumman; ON Semiconductor; Qorvo; Renesas Electronics America; Texas Instruments


Outcome Rates for Microelectronic Engineering BS

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%


The BS in microelectronic engineering major is accredited by the EAC Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Visit the college's accreditation page for information on enrollment and graduation data, program educational objectives, and student outcomes.

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your engineering co-ops will provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your engineering knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Students in the microelectronic engineering degree are required to complete four blocks (48 weeks) of cooperative education. Co-ops may begin after the second year of study. Students find co-op employment in the semiconductor and nanofabrication industries, and in areas such as nanotechnology, microelectromechanical systems, photonics, photovoltaics, and microsystems. Students complete co-ops at some of the world’s leading electronics companies, including Intel, Samsung, Texas Instruments, and Motorola.