ECE Focus Area: RF Electronics (Computer)












Radio Frequency circuit design is the sub-discipline of electrical engineering that deals with the design, manufacture and testing of electronic circuits that operate in the RF portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. This portion of the spectrum includes frequencies that are commonly used for wireless communication systems. RF circuits are therefore an important and essential part of any device with wireless connectivity which includes most modern computers, IoT devices etc.

A distinguishing feature of RF circuits is that the propagation time of the electrical signals through the circuit is comparable with the timescale of the signal oscillations themselves. This requires a specialized set of circuit design and analysis tools that are distinct from both low frequency electronics and optics. RF design engineers are among the most sought-after and highest paid engineering professionals.

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

Computer Track Requirements

Suggested Options



Depth Elective

ECE:5415 Radio Frequency Electronics (Prereq: ECE:3410)

Breadth Elective

ECE:3410 Electronic Circuits

5000-Level ECE Elective
(Select Two)

ECE:5520 Information and Coding Theory
ECE:5460 Digital Signal Processing (Prereq: ECE:3400)
ECE:5500 Communication Theory (Prereq: ECE:3500)
ECE:5410 Advanced Circuit Techniques 
ECE:5995 Antennas
ECE:5700 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory 

ECE Elective
(Select One)

ECE:3400 Linear Systems II
ECE:3500 Communication Systems
ECE:3540 Communication Networks

Technical Elective
(Select One)    

All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above. 

Additional Electives
(Select one 3 s.h. & one ≥2 s.h.)

Any of the above OR course selected in consultation with advisor. 














Related Links

IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society

Microwave Theory and Techniques Society

History of Commercial Radio