EECS 176 Fundamentals of Solid-State Eletronics and Materials (2017-2018)

EECS 176 Fundamentals of Solid-State Eletronics and Materials

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for EE and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

EECS 176 Fundamentals of Solid-State Eletronics and Materials (Credit Units: 4) Physical properties of semiconductors and the roles materials play in device operation. Topics include: crystal structure, phonon vibrations, energy band, transport phenomenon, optical properties and quantum confinement effect essential to the understanding of electronic, optoelectronic and nanodevices. Prerequisite: EECS170A. Electrical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471316275.

Recommended Textbook:

Kittel, C., Introduction to Solid-State Physics, 8th edition, John Wiley, 2004.

A. Lee Swindlehurst
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Describe the structural properties of Si, and III-V compound semiconductor.

2. Understand the concept of carrier mobility and what affect carrier mobility.

3. Understand optical absorption and emission process in semiconductors.

4. Understand the band structure of a semiconductor in relation to its transport and optical properties.

5. Understand the fabrication technology for making quantum confined structures.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Understanding of basic freshman and sophomore physics.
  • Understanding of engineering materials at the E 54, a sophomore-level course. Electronics I which covers basic semiconductor device principles.
Lecture Topics:

The course is aimed at providing a comprehensive overview on current and practice and underlying principles of microfabrication as applied to diverse field of microelectronics, MEMS and photonics.

Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Electrical Engineering Major Design experience.

Design Content Description
Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Home work: 20%
  • Midterm exam: 20%
  • Term paper/Presentation: 30%
  • Final exam: 30%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
April 29, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr