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Pass/D/Fail policy: Students may use no more than one course taken on a Pass/D/Fail basis to satisfy program requirements.  It is not permitted to use the one course in lieu of your thesis. COS departmentals and pre-reqs must be taken for a grade.  (Exception: courses taken PDF in Fall of 2020, Spring 2020 and Spring 2021 can be used for departmental or pre-req credit.)

Concentrators in departments with computer-related concentrations: Students in these departments who are doing a computer-related concentration are not eligible for PAC. Students in these departments who are not in a computer-related concentration are eligible. For example, ECE majors who want to receive the PAC certificate must concentrate in a non-computational area of ECE.

 The following ECE Concentrations are eligible:

  • Electronic Devices and Materials
  • Circuits and Systems 
  • Quantum Information and Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Energy and Environment

The following ECE Concentrations are NOT eligible:

  • Data and Information
  • Computer Systems
  • Robotics and Cyberphysical Systems 
  • Security and Privacy

Courses used to satisfy departmental requirements: No courses used for a departmental concentration core requirement may satisfy PAC requirements. For example, ECE students may not use ECE 206/COS 306 to satisfy PAC requirements. You can use an elective but you can only use it for PAC and your major and no other certificate.

Courses used to satisfy other certificate program requirements. No more than one course that is used to satisfy any other certificate or degree can be used to satisfy PAC requirements. 


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