GCU Technology

GCU Technology offers innovative cyber training in the latest tech fields while integrating critical thinking, problem-solving and hands-on experience. GCU Technology programs at Grand Canyon University’s College of Engineering and Technology can prepare students for a career in the technology sector. GCU’s technology programs can provide students with hands-on education that fosters creativity and collaboration, and gives them the opportunity to use equipment not typically available to undergraduate students. Degree programs within the department emphasize emerging and innovative technology trends with GCU’s STEM-guiding principles at the core to provide students with technical education while nurturing the development of valuable soft skills. The technology faculty at GCU are knowledgeable about their areas of expertise.

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Technology Degrees

GCU Technology provides a variety of technology-specific degrees such as software development, cybersecurity, computer science and information technology. GCU has the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) designation, based on the IT cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program. This designation is given by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Our bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as our undergraduate certificates, are all designed to adhere to today’s technology field standards. Browse our list of degrees below to find the one that fits your interests.

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Technology Equipment, Laboratories and Programs

As a GCU Technology student, you have the opportunity to benefit from innovative education, research and outreach programs that include hands-on projects with access to professional-level equipment. Software and technology infrastructures supplement the curriculum that is aligned with input from technology advisory board. Programs outside the classroom offer further instruction for students seeking more specified knowledge.

  • Computer Science Collaboratorium
    • The Computer Science Collaboratorium is a venue for cross-disciplinary collaboration between scientists and engineers for sharing ideas and exploring prototype devices, instruments and software such as IoT devices, medical instruments, intelligent robots 2 and DNA sequencing. This lab is used for capstone projects and by computer science and computer programming students.
  • Cyber Center for Excellence (CCE)
    • The CCE takes an ethical approach to hacking, providing visitors with access to tools and technologies that hackers use to penetrate restricted networks. Every aspect of the CCE starts and ends with an approach to ethical hacking. Students, community members and industry professionals can visit the CCE and utilize the resources and tools to develop the skills to better protect their networks. The open environment encourages forward-thinking, a foundational part of providing enhanced educational experiences in STEM and skills-building opportunities for a new generation of cybersecurity professionals. As detailed below, the CCE has academic collaboration relationships with companies like ACTRA, NACRA, CompTIA Academy, Log Rhythm, Cisco Academy, Red Hat Academy and EC-Council, all to enhance efforts in developing these technologies and skills.
  • Research & Design Program
    • The Research & Design Program at GCU is a faculty-driven program that enables students to investigate, innovate and create advancements in science, technology and engineering on the GCU campus. Students can participate in a variety of project topics to potentially gain valuable knowledge and insights as they prepare for future education and employment.

GCU Technology Faculty

Faculty leadership in the technology department have backgrounds in multiple disciplines including computer technology, software development, coding, robotics and many others.

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STEM Learning Opportunities for Students

Applied project-based learning is a focus of GCU Technology. With its growth, students have continually been able to work alongside their peers and faculty to conduct research based on their own interests. Here are some of the research projects and presentations students have conducted and events that students have attended:

Professor Jevon N. Jackson and students from the Bachelor of Science in IT and Computer Programming programs led a project called “Music Plugins for Digital Audio Workstations Research.” This project’s aim was to work collaboratively with GCU’s Recording Studio to create music plugins and VSTs that will better serve GCU and abroad. This research project also engaged students from a variety of disciplines.

Red Hat Summit is a premier event that focuses on open source technology. Each year at this event, GCU students join thousands of IT professionals to network and learn more about high-performing Linux, cloud, automation and management, container and Kubernetes technologies.

DEF CON is an annual convention that brings together “hackers” from across the world. The event includes presentations on varying topics and competitions in art, lockpicking and scavenger hunts.

Black Hat is an annual event in which attendees from across the world have the opportunity to gain insight into the latest information related to security research, development and trends. For all career and academic levels, attendees are offered individual trainings on a wide variety of topics and can sit in on briefings led by top industry experts.

Academic Collaborative Relationships

GCU Technology is proud to have collaborative academic relationships with multiple outside organizations that can provide students opportunities and skills that they can apply to their studies and work experience.

The Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance, Inc. (ACTRA) serves as the hub for collaborative cyber information sharing in a neutral environment of trust. Partners from industry, academia, law enforcement and intelligence convene and leverage cross-sector resources to more effectively analyze critical, real-time intelligence and respond to emerging cyber threats to Arizona’s critical infrastructure and key resources.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTia) provides GCU students fundamental insights in information technology and cybersecurity careers as a vendor-neutral certification provider. CompTia presents GCU students with access to learning materials, industry experts and discounted professional certifications.

Red Hat is the world's leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, including high-performing Linux, cloud, container and Kubernetes technologies.1 GCU's collaboration provides students with access to learning materials, labs, fundamental industry knowledge and an assortment of trainings and discounted certifications to help prepare our students for a technical career.

LogRhythm and Security Operations Center services enable organizations to detect, respond and neutralize cyber threats. Our relationship with LogRhythm allows GCU students to receive hands-on technical training with one of the world's premier security information and event management (SIEM) providers.

The North American Case Research Association (NACRA) provides a collaboration agreement between GCU and other cybersecurity ranges across the United States to cooperate and share insights and information. Through this collaboration, GCU is able to build an extensive range with a host of tools, techniques and exercises allowing our students to prepare themselves to have backgrounds in information technology and cybersecurity.

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT, networking and cybersecurity solutions. GCU's collaboration gives students the opportunity to learn hands-on and theoretical skills, from fundamental to advanced. Students are also taught techniques in order to prepare them for a career within the technical industry.

1 Red Hat (n.d.). Our history. Retrieved on Oct. 17, 2023.

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