Very Large Scale Integration


Integrated circuit engineers develop and design the Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuits that play a central role in countless modern electronic devices, appliances, and vehicles. These circuits add smarts and complex functionality to wide variety of devices including computers, phones, medical instruments and implants, automobiles, power generation and distribution systems, airplanes, consumer electronic devices, and home appliances.

Depending on the courses selected, completion of integrated circuits area coursework can provide additional understanding of the physics underlying VLSI circuits, modern VLSI circuit design techniques, approaches to VLSI circuit testing, and VLSI circuits' applications.

Integrated circuits engineers find employment with large chip manufacturers such as Intel and AMD, electronic design automation tool developers, and in the avionics, automobile and telecommunication industries.

Students interested in this EFA are encouraged to consider the course suggestions listed below when completing their Plan of Study Form.

EE Computer Track Requirements Suggested Options
Track Computer Track
Depth Elective
(Select One)
ECE:5300 Switching Theory
ECE:5320 High Performance Computer Architecture (Same as: CS:5610)
Breadth Elective
(Select One)
ECE:3410 Electronic Circuits
5000-Level ECE Elective
(Select Two)
All 5000-level depth electives listed above and


ECE:5310 VLSI Design
ECE:5380 Testing of Digital Logic Circuits
Technical Elective
(Select Three)
All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above and


CS:2230 Computer Science II: Data Structures (Required and provides EEc students a CS minor)
ECE:5330 Graph Algorithms and Combinatorial Optimization (Same as: IGPI:5331)
ECE:5410 Advanced Circuit Techniques
Additional Elective
(Select One*)
Any of the above OR course selected in consultation with advisor.


* Students graduating before Fall 2017 are required to select two additional electives.

Advising Notes

  • All Computer Track students satisfy the requirements for a minor in Computer Science.
  • A minor in Mathematics can be earned by including one qualifying Math course in the EFA plan.