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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Electronic Navigation Certificate

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Certificate Name and Number: Electronic Navigation Certificate – CTENCG

Department/Unit:  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Delivery Mode:  Online

Terms of Entry:  Fall, Spring, Summer

Enrollment Eligibility:  Current degree-seeking student or non-degree status

Certificate Overview:  This program leads to a graduate certificate in Electronic Navigation.

The Graduate Certificate in Electronic Navigation can be completed in one year by taking a total of four courses over fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students can take a longer time at their discretion.

Per Ohio University graduate standards of work, only courses with a grade of C or above can fulfill the requirements of this certificate. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher, calculated from the four courses listed below, is required to complete this certificate.

Certificate Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will achieve mastery of the fundamentals of inertial navigation systems
  • Student will achieve mastery of the fundamentals of satellite navigation systems
  • Students will achieve the ability to design and analyze the performance of integrated navigation systems, including accuracy, dynamics, and reliability

Opportunities upon Completion:  For nearly 50 years, Electrical Engineering faculty in the Avionics Engineering Center at Ohio University have taught graduate courses in electronic navigation to degree seeking graduate students. There is a rapidly growing need for structured training in electronic navigation at the graduate level without requiring a full Master’s degree program.

One need look no farther than a smart phone to see the maturation of electronic navigation technology. Virtually every smart phone on the market today contains not only a satellite navigation receiver, but also accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers. Some personal electronic devices (PEDs) even have air pressure sensors for the independent determination of altitude. Such technology was pioneered originally for the aerospace industry (which continues to depend upon it), but with PEDs the “installed user base” is now hundreds of millions instead of tens of thousands. The need for professionals trained in electronic navigation is thus abundantly clear, and rapidly increasing.

Demand for students trained in electronic navigation is growing rapidly in diverse fields, including: cell phones and personal electronics, civilian aerospace applications, defense applications, automotive applications, precision agriculture applications, and autonomous vehicles applications, including both land and aerial vehicles.

Completion Requirements:

Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Electronic Navigation requires 12 total credit hours, as follows:

  1. Inertial Navigation Systems: EE 6033 (3 hours, required)
  2. Satellite-Based Navigation Systems: EE 6053 (3 hours, required)
  3. Integrated Navigation Systems: EE 6063 (3 hours, required)
  4. ELECTIVE (3 hours):  May choose from: 
    1. Aviation Standards, Software Design and Certification: EE 6083
    2. Microwave Theory and Devices: EE 5403
    3. Electronic Navigation Systems: EE 5853

Certificate Relationship to Parent Degree Program:

The parent program of this graduate certificate is the Electrical Engineering - MS  (MSEE) degree, with program codes MS7272 and MS7253. Neither enrollment in nor completion of the MSEE degree is required to complete this certificate, but completing this certificate does fulfill four courses (12 credit hours) toward the MSEE degree. Students admitted to this certificate program may also seek admission to the MSEE degree program (either MS7272 for online or MS7253 for on-campus students). Previously submitted application materials will be reused as much as possible, as determined by the Online MSEE Program Director. Link to MSEE program

Financial Aid Eligibility Information:

  • Non-degree-seeking students enrolled in this certificate are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Current degree-seeking students may use federal financial aid only for 1) coursework fulfilling requirements of their degree, including required elective hours, or 2) coursework toward a second financial aid-eligible program.
  • Students receiving federal financial aid may not take courses for this certificate unless they are also enrolled full-time (9 hours) in their degree program during the same academic term. Financial aid may be used for courses that count toward both degree requirements and the certificate.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the electronic navigation certificate program requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a closely related field. Application materials for program code ND7272 should include

  • Resume/CV
  • Official transcripts

International Students:   This certificate program alone does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this certificate. However, this certificate can be completed as an integral part of the full time campus Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MS7253), and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to that degree program.

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