Engineering Degrees at GCU

Grand Canyon University (GCU) graduates over 27,000 students a year,1 many from in-demand degree programs such as nursing and healthcare, technology and engineering.

GCU's engineering and engineering technology degrees help you prepare for an exciting career in an in-demand field. Our programs incorporate our Christian worldview as part of the curriculum, helping our graduates to grow in servant leadership and Christian ethics. GCU engineering majors are passionate about helping others through their work and making a difference by designing and building products that 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.

8% growth

in GCU’s undergraduate engineering student population from 2018-19 to 2019-20

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 will prepare you for real world job experience.

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

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Multiple Engineering Fields to Major In

Engineering degrees are offered in a variety of specializations and emphases to provide 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.

For students who want an adaptable, multidisciplinary engineering education, a BS in Engineering may be the best fit. This degree equips students to enter into a variety of engineering careers.

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 will design, develop and/or test electronic equipment.

Those interested in combining their engineering skills with knowledge of medical sciences can earn a BS in Biomedical Engineering. Students in this degree will learn how to benefit 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 can work in a variety of industries, applying their knowledge to elevate their industry through innovation. A BS in Mechanical Engineering equips students with the skills needed to thrive 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.

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Engineering Degrees

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 also learn 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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Engineering Degree FAQs

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 help to perform jobs that humans cannot.

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).

Students enrolled in a bachelor’s engineering degree frequently graduate within four years. However, the length is dependent on individual circumstances and will range depending on the chosen course load each semester.

The majority of those who earn an engineering degree often go on to become an engineer in their field.

  • 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. 

The BS in Engineering degree combines engineering concepts and training with business ethics and principles, preparing graduates to be a successful manager in a variety of settings. The possibilities are endless.

Engineering is 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.

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