When I was an electrical engineering student back in the 1970s, I was surprised at how many of my peers had little or no practical experience with electronics. Of course, I had the jump on them since I got my ham ticket when I was 16.
Well, apparently, times haven’t changed a bit. At Berkeley, some members of the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have come up with a class to teach freshmen and sophomores some of the basics. And apparently, it’s quite popular.
Of course, getting an amateur radio license serves much the same function, and it’s a lot more fun than building a circuit that simply flashes an LED.