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Microelectronic Engineering BS

With a microelectronic engineering degree, you'll integrate microelectronic or nanoelectronic circuits and sensors into a range of products that drive the global economy, increase productivity, and help improve our quality of life.

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 reported

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

AMD, Analog Devices, Applied Materials, ASML, Global Foundries, Intel, Mentor Graphics Corporation, Micron, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, ON Semiconductor, Qorvo, Raytheon Company, Renesas,  Samsung Austin Semiconductor, SkyWater Technology, Texas Instruments, Toppan Photmask


  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Manufacturing

  • Automotive

  • Aerospace


Outcome Rates*

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 71.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 29.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 71.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 29.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success

Students in the microelectronic engineering degree are required to complete four blocks (roughly one year) of cooperative education. Co-ops may begin after the second year of study. Students find co-op employment at many of the major integrated circuits manufacturers across the United States.