Industry Knowledge Certificates

Learn industry-specific skills through structured coursework and experiences in the areas of Semiconductor & Microelectronics, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and Public Service.


The Certificate in Semiconductors and Microelectronics (16 credits) will be open to students in all undergraduate majors interested in careers in the field of semiconductors and microelectronics. This certificate will give undergraduate students broad technical exposure to topics in the areas of semiconductors and microelectronics and is designed to supplement the baccalaureate plans of studies in different majors, including (but not limited to) engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, technology, and business. The U.S. semiconductor/microelectronics industry is facing an overwhelming and rapidly growing crunch for trained talent - with industry forecasts estimating the need at a minimum of 50,000 additional trained semiconductor engineers and scientists by 2030. The broad scope of the semiconductors and microelectronics industry - from materials and processing to device and integrated circuit/system design, to manufacturing, supply chains, and data analytics, to testing, qualification, packaging, and thermal management - provides exciting career opportunities for students from a wide range of disciplines. Learn more about Semiconductors @ Purdue here!



  1. Enroll in Changing the World with Chips: ENGR 103 - Introduction to Semiconductors
  2. Semiconductor Experience for Undergraduates: Research courses including relevant independent studies and Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) courses, or Full-time internship relevant to technical areas of semiconductors and microelectronics. Summer or semester-long of full-time internship/co- op/SURF or similar experience is considered equivalent to 6 credit hours.
  3. Take at least 9 credit hours of courses in at least two out of the five technical areas:
  • Semiconductor and Microelectronic Devices
  • Semiconductor Materials, Characterization, and Processing
  • Integrated Circuit and System Design, Electronic Design Automation
  • Electronics Packaging, Heterogeneous Integration, and Thermal Management
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain Management

To learn more about the requirements for this certificate, click here.

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The Certificate in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (16 credits) is open to undergraduate students interested in careers in the pharmaceutical industry, especially within the manufacturing and supply chain sectors.  The certificate is designed to supplement the baccalaureate plans of studies in different majors, including (but not limited to) engineering, computer science, chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, health sciences, technology, and business, chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, and health sciences.   The pharmaceutical and life sciences industry talent needs are shifting driven by the new therapeutic product modalities (e.g., cell and gene therapies), digitization, and advanced data analytics. The undergraduate certificate provides broad technical exposure to these topics through relevant courses and experiential learning opportunities. Combined with their Purdue major plans of study, students who attain this certificate will be well positioned to advance into successful careers working in the global pharmaceutical industry. Learn more about the William D. Young Institute for Advanced Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals here!



  1. Enroll in ENGR 103 - Pharma Careers and Drug Development
  2. Full-time internship or co-op in areas relevant to pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • A 10-week or more of full-time internship/co-op is equivalent to 4 credit hours.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship or similar full-time undergraduate research internship is considered equivalent to 2 credit hours.
  • Relevant Study Abroad courses.
  1. Take at least 9 credit hours of courses in at least two out of the four technical areas:
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development and Regulatory Affairs
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Science and Technology (Materials, Measurement and Manufacturing)
  • Data Analytics and Computing
  • Supply Chain and Business Operations

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Engineering plays a crucial role in shaping the world we live in, and when directed towards public service programs, it becomes a powerful force for positive change.

The Innovation for Public Service Certificate program is designed to increase the number of engineering graduates entering the public service sector, contributing as technology leaders and innovators. The 15+ hour certificate is available to students from various STEM majors. This certificate is a collaboration between Purdue University College of Engineering and the NobleReach Foundation.

Click here to learn more about the Innovation for Public Service Certificate and to add it to your plan of study!