Minors, Concurrent Degrees, and Certificate Programs

Electrical Engineering Minors for Students in Other Fields

The general requirements for a minor in electrical engineering shall be consistent with those of The Graduate School as stated in the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin.

All graduate students desiring minors in electrical engineering submit a Request to Add Graduate Minor form to the graduate program staff assistant as soon as the decision to enter upon such a minor has been made. A program of study shall be formulated and submitted on the form; any departures from these courses must have the approval of the graduate program coordinator and the Graduate School. The electrical engineering M.S. minor requires 6 credits of 500-level electrical engineering courses. The Ph.D. minor requires 15 credits of electrical engineering courses with at least 12 of the 15 credits at the 500 level.

Concurrent Graduate Degree Programs

If a candidate for an advanced degree in one major field wishes to begin work for another advanced degree in a second major field before completing the first program they can submit a request for Concurrent Graduate Degrees. (Concurrent double doctorates will not be approved.) The student should consult with the graduate program heads or graduate officers responsible for each major. If both approve, the student and advisers will draw up a Concurrent Graduate Degree Programs Plan of Study designed to meet the requirements of both degrees. The total required credits for the two separate degree programs cannot be reduced by more than 20 percent when two degrees are taken concurrently.

Certificate Programs

Nanotechnology Systems and Device Development Graduate Credit Certificate Program

The goal of the program is to prepare students to develop nanotechnology-enabled components, including wearable systems for simultaneously monitoring the medical condition of the wearer and the surrounding environment. The monitored data is transmitted in real time to a local base station (e.g. smartphone) that forwards it to a remote facility for further processing and action decisions. The ultimate purpose of these systems includes medical monitoring for diagnosis of environmentally related diseases, environmental monitoring to warn that the local environment contains allergens or other factors to be avoided. The exact course selection shall be determined in advance by the student and the student’s adviser following the guidelines below. Students shall provide written input to their adviser describing proposed course(s) and how the courses will contribute to the requirements of the certificate. Students must receive a C or better in each course included for the certificate, and must achieve an overall 3.0 GPA for the certificate courses.

Admission Requirements

An applicant for this graduate certificate must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Ordinarily, an entering student must have completed in a satisfactory manner a minimum of course work in an engineering or science discipline that is equivalent to a Penn State major in those areas. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA. International students must satisfy Graduate Council’s English proficiency requirements.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate

The certificate requires a minimum of 12 credits, as described below. At least 50 percent of the total number of credits must be taken at the 500 level.


3 credits from the following list:

  • E E 442 – Solid State Devices (3)
  • E E 441 – Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Technology (3)
  • E E 542 – Semiconductor Devices (3)
  • MATSE 413 – Solid State Materials (3)
  • MATSE 510 – Surface Characterization of Materials (3)

3 credits from the following list:

  • E E 541 – Manufacturing Methods in Microelectronics (3)
  • E SC 481 – Elements of Nano/Micro-electromechanical Systems Processing and Design (3)
  • E SC 577 –. Engineered Thin Films (3)
  • MATSE 450/E SC 450 – Synthesis and Processing of Electronic and Photonic Materials (3)

At least 2 credits from the following list:

  • ENGR 486 – Business Opportunities in Engineering (2)
  • ENGR 411 – Entrepreneurship Business Basics (3)
  • ENTR 430 – Entrepreneurship and New Product Development (3)


The balance of the required credits shall be determined in advance by the student and his/her graduate adviser. Examples of acceptable courses (a current list of potential elective courses will be maintained by and available from the head of the certificate program):

  • E E 546 – Field-Effect Devices (3)
  • E SC 482 – Micro-Optoelectromechanical Systems (MOEMS) and Nanophotonics (3)
  • E SC 484 – Biologically Inspired Nanomaterials (3)
  • MATSE 400 – Crystal Chemistry (3)
  • MATSE 483/E SC 483 – Simulation and Design of Nanostructures (3)
  • MATSE 511B – Transmission Electron microscopy (1)
  • MATSE 514 – Characterization of Materials (3)
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The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research in fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and data science and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

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The Pennsylvania State University

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University Park, PA 16802


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