Certificate in Entrepreneurship


This certificate program is a unique bundle of interdisciplinary courses relevant to those interested in sharpening their innovation and entrepreneurship skills here at UC Davis. This certificate will be advantageous for students looking to start their own business or join a small company as well as those looking to join a larger corporation and engage in innovative work through “intrapreneurship.”  To qualify for the certificate, students must remain in good academic standing at the University of California, Davis, and receive a grade of ‘C’ or higher in each of the courses used for the certificate.

Core Courses

ENG 008 - Intro to Entrepreneurship (offered Fall 2019, Winter & Spring 2020) - SIGN UP TODAY FOR Fall 2019 - CRN #63454

This course explores the critical topics entrepreneurs need to know to start a successful business. Frameworks and strategies for getting started, including the Business Model Canvas, Design Thinking and the Lean Startup method, will be examined. Whether you have the entrepreneurial itch, are gearing up for a successful senior design project or just want to take a fun class to meet other innovative students - this is the class for you!

ENG 080 - Creativity and Entrepreneurship for Engineers  (offered Winter & Spring 2020)

Ready to take your idea to the next level? This course provides a hands-on overview of technological innovation and product development. Your team will work through the Lean Startup Method, iterating your solution as more information about your customer is identified. The early part of the course focuses on identifying untapped customer needs in order to generate new product ideas.  This is a practical class is designed to give students the experience of how to work as a team to turn their idea into a company. The course will integrate the Student Startup Center as a laboratory for the development of a prototype. Students get their hands dirty talking to customers, partners, and competitors.  A significant amount of class time is dedicated to project work for teams to complete a minimally viable product prototype & complete customer discovery.  

Despite the course names, you do not have to be an engineer to take these classes. We welcome all interested in the development of technological innovations!


Choose 6 additional credits from courses in Ethics, Design, Communication, Intellectual Property, Leadership, etc.

Approved course list below.

Practicum Experience

Engage in at least one startup experience from the following list:


Apply here for our Certificate in Entrepreneurship!