Engineering Degrees at GCU

Become a Leader in the Engineering Industry Through an Engineering Program at GCU

Grand Canyon University (GCU) has graduated over 255,500 students as of Jan. 3, 2023, many from degree programs such as nursing and healthcare, technology and engineering.1

GCU’s engineering and engineering technology degrees can help you prepare for a career in a field you may find exciting. GCU engineering majors are passionate about helping others through their work and making a difference by designing and building products that can help improve quality of life.

What exactly is engineering? It is the application of math and science to design and build machines, structures, tools, products, devices and more, often to help solve problems and offer solutions. We invite you to explore our engineering degrees to see which area is right for you.

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Benefits of Pursuing an Engineering Degree From Grand Canyon University

Engineering programs from GCU can provide you with more than your degree. Our programs incorporate our Christian worldview as part of the curriculum, helping our graduates to grow in servant leadership and Christian ethics. We want our graduates to grow personally, academically and professionally while in their programs, all while discovering and pursuing their passions.

GCU also offers various engineering degrees with a wide variety of focuses to choose from, such as biomedical, computer and electrical engineering. This provides students the opportunity to choose a program that suits their interests and can prepare them to pursue work that allows them to position themselves to reach their career goals. 

8,300+ Students

GCU’s total enrollment in the College of Engineering and Technology is nearly 8,370, including over 5,730 on campus,2 and over 2,630 online,3 as of Fall 2022.

21 Labs

The engineering building has 21 classroom labs and nine additional labs for student use, as of Fall 2022.

 

 

Earn an ABET Accredited Degree

Prepare for an engineering career in a growing field with an ABET accredited degree from GCU. Accredited degrees are a symbol of excellence in education in that given field. GCU’s ABET-accredited engineering degrees can instill confidence that you’re receiving a quality education that can prepare you for practical job experience.

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission 

The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET: 

 

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ABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission     

The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET:

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Engineering Fields Available to GCU Students

Engineering degrees are offered in a variety of specializations and emphases to teach students with career specific knowledge. Degrees in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering and engineering - robotics support learning tailored to specific industries where engineers frequently work. 

A BS in Electrical Engineering builds on the foundation of engineering skills with courses specific to electrical engineering such as Electromagnetic Fields and Optics, as well as Advanced Circuits and Lab. Those who enter into a role as an electrical engineer may design, develop and/or test electronic equipment. 

Those interested in combining their engineering skills with knowledge of medical sciences may be able to earn a BS in Biomedical Engineering. Students in this degree will be taught how to support the medical field through the development of medical and diagnostic devices. 

Mechanical engineers work to develop both mechanical and thermal devices or sensors. These individuals may work in a variety of industries where they can apply their knowledge to elevate their industry through innovation. A BS in Mechanical Engineering teaches skills the students need in their careers post-graduation. 

Robotics play a major role within healthcare, aeronautical and manufacturing industries. A BS in Engineering with an Emphasis in Robotics provides students the opportunity to specialize in this high-tech career. 

Choosing an Engineering Major

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Engineering majors at GCU are motivated individuals with a talent for math and science and a desire to serve others through their work. Our programs offer hands-on labs and industry-driven capstone projects, giving you the opportunity to use your creativity and problem-solving skills to create effective solutions. If your goal is to design, develop, test and/or supervise the manufacturing of new products, then one of our engineering degrees may be a great fit. 

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Engineering Technology Degrees

Engineering technology graduates play a vital role in the production process by developing and executing ideas along with engineers and carrying out the project vision. They work closely with engineers to bring ideas to life and often work in a production environment to address issues and create solutions. GCU’s engineering technology degrees teach you to build products and work hands-on with tools, machinery and equipment. You will have the opportunity to develop products and perform testing. If you are interested bringing ideas to life, you may want to explore GCU’s degrees in engineering technology.

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Career Pathways for Engineering Program Graduates 

Engineers play a part in the development of a wide range of constructions and items, spanning from airports to zippers.4 For example, electrical engineering majors may become electrical engineers who design electronic solutions. Biomedical engineers may create medical equipment that helps improve the quality of life for individuals with specific medical conditions. Mechanical engineers may design small or large-scale mechanical devices. Robotics engineers may design a robotic arm that can be used to help clean up waste or distribute pharmaceuticals. 

Engineering Degree FAQs

If you’re considering earning your on-campus or online engineering degree, read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about pursuing a career in this field.

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There are many types of engineers. While most engineers work to design and build products, the products designed and solutions created by engineers may vary based on their specialty:

  • Electrical engineers manufacture electrical equipment
  • Biomedical engineers create medical products
  • Mechanical engineers create power-producing machines such as engines
  • Robotics engineers design robotic solutions that can help to perform jobs 

Choosing the right engineering degree program can help you to prepare for your future career. GCU provides the Career Compass tool to help you learn about your interests and also offers exposure to different disciplines during your first semester to help you decide which program may be right for you.  

While degree requirements may vary based on employer expectations, most engineer roles require the minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Degrees in engineering provide a direct path toward a career in engineering. Some employers may require that the candidate has received a bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited program. 

Engineers may go on to pursue their master’s degree or earn specialty certifications. Engineers may also choose to pursue professional licensure through the nationally recognized National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

The length of time it will take to complete your engineering degree is dependent on individual circumstances and will range depending on the chosen course load each semester. To learn more about how long it will take you to complete your degree, fill out the form on this page to speak with a university counselor.

Engineering can be a good career for those who wish to combine their creativity with highly technical knowledge. In this field, both technical skills and innovation are prized. There are also a variety of fields to choose from when deciding to go into engineering, so you can focus your skills toward the industry that you’re passionate about.

Engineering degrees are meant to challenge you. Deciding on what type of engineering degree will best compliment your skillset and meet your interests ultimately depends on each person. Finding a type of engineering degree that piques your interest and motivates you to work toward a career in the field could be the best option for you. Applying yourself to your engineering studies, asking for help and clarification and learning from those around you can help you in an engineering degree program.

There are many different fields in engineering, such as bioengineering and biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering that all make varying incomes. We can look at engineers in those three disciplines as examples. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bioengineers and biomedical engineers had a median annual salary of $97,410,5 mechanical engineers had a median annual salary of $95,300,6 and industrial engineers had a median annual salary of $95,300 in May 2021.

Engineering does require a basic understanding of math, and certain engineering occupations may require higher levels of mathematics. If math is not your strong suit, you can always work to improve on that skillset.

If you find yourself struggling in your engineering degree program, get in contact with your university’s student success or resource center, as well as your university academic counselor. 

1 Alumni from 1957 to Jan. 3, 2023. Includes students who have graduated or completed their program. Data represents degree-seeking graduates only. This does not include students in Bridge Programs, Certificate Programs, Post-Masters, Education Specialist Programs, High School Dual, Non-Degree Studies or Continuing Education. 

2 Includes all traditional students who have a last date of attendance at least three weeks into the Fall 2022 semester or participated in a campus evening class in September or October of 2022.     

3 Includes students who participated in an online class in August or September of 2022.  

4 Torpey, Elka (2018, February). Career Outlook: Engineers: Employment, Pay and Outlook. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on August 14, 2023. 

5 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers, as of May 2021, retrieved on May 11, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as bioengineers and biomedical engineers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career.  You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates. 

6 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Mechanical Engineers, as of May 2021, retrieved on May 11, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as mechanical engineers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career.  You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.

7 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Industrial Engineers, as of May 2021, retrieved on May 11, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as industrial engineers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career.  You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates. 

8 2021 Integration of Faith, Learning and Work Survey results      

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