What Is Digital Logic?

Nov 14, 2017

Digital logic is fundamental in creating electronic devices. It is used to create circuits and logic gates, as well as to check computer chips. Knowledge of digital logic lends itself to many different computer technology design and engineering professions. View article »

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Digital Logic Overview

Do you know what digital logic is or where it's used? Find out here, along with programs and courses that incorporate it and careers that use it!

Digital logic is the representation of signals and sequences of a digital circuit through numbers. It is the basis for digital computing and provides a fundamental understanding on how circuits and hardware communicate within a computer. Digital logic is typically embedded into most electronic devices, including calculators, computers, video games, and watches. This field is utilized by many careers that work with computers and technology, such as engineers and repair technicians.

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Programs and Courses

Digital logic is often offered as a course in engineering degree programs, such as electrical and computer engineering. Related majors may include electronic engineering technology and wireless communications technology. It's also offered as a certificate program for technicians. Digital logic courses or programs allow students to gain hands-on experience by building computer hardware through the use of algorithms and simple inputs. They learn how simple inputs of ones and zeros can be used to store information on computers, including documents, images, sounds, and movies.

Coursework trains students to input their algorithms into computer-assisted design (or CAD) software to create schematics of logic gates and circuits for a wide variety of electronic devices. Digital logic students also study combinatorial and sequential logic, memory elements, and flip-flops.

At the end of their studies, students are able to complete tasks such as:

  • Wiring and checking the functionality of computer chips
  • Specifying the output when the input is zero or one
  • Determining the output of the gate


Electronic and computer engineers need digital logic to perform their jobs. Digital logic is also key for many other careers in engineering, as well as careers in engineering technology. Additionally, anyone interested in a career in testing and repairing electronic equipment must study digital logic. Specific occupations that employ digital logic include:

  • ASIC design engineer
  • Assembly language programmer
  • Circuit design engineer
  • Computer repair technician
  • Digital IC design engineer
  • Embedded systems programming technician
  • Senior digital engineer

Digital logic uses numbers to represent various signals and sequence of a digital circuit. Digital logic is commonly found in engineering degree programs and is used by a wide range of careers, including computer repair technicians, design engineers, and digital engineers.

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