Discover a Variety of Science Degrees at GCU

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Grand Canyon University is proud to offer science degrees in a variety of high-demand fields that help prepare you for graduate school, an exciting career and beyond. Each bachelor degree in science helps you gain a strong science foundation in subjects like biology and chemistry while also giving you specialized knowledge to help you succeed after graduation.

You will gain hands-on experience through dynamic classroom environments and in-depth labs while studying on our beautiful Phoenix campus in state-of-the-art classroom buildings. Whether you aspire to conduct forensic investigations, save the planet, help keep others healthy or educate the next generation, we have a degree for you.

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Campus Experience

GCU's main campus in the heart of sunny Phoenix has everything you need to make your college experience one of the best of your life. Explore our amenities, including new dorms and pools, to find out more.

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STEM Programs

GCU's College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers a variety of STEM degree programs, research initiatives and advising services to help you take full advantage of your university experience.

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Bachelors in Forensic Science

GCU's Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science is designed for students who are interested in the analysis, collection and processing of forensic evidence. Students earning a bachelors in forensic science study subjects such as biology, chemistry, toxicology, forensic photography, crime scene reconstruction and processing, physical evidence analysis and DNA identification to prepare for thrilling careers such as crime scene investigator, DNA analyst, forensic evidence processor or laboratory specialist.

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What is forensic science?

  • Scientific analysis of evidence during civil or criminal investigations
  • Helps determine the facts of a case through on-site analysis and the collection of other relevant information
  • Analysis evidence through examinations, tests and other methods
  • Interpretation of findings, including a clear report documenting both methods and results

Bachelors in Environmental Science

If you dream of protecting our planet via environmental stewardship, then consider GCU's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Study ecology, environmental law, chemistry and geology, along with risk assessment, remediation strategies and more as part of this exciting program. Your degree will prepare you for a career as an environmental scientist, geoscientist, occupational health specialist, consultant or researcher.

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What is environmental science?

  • The study of trends, issues and relationships in the natural world
  • Focus on the interactions between organisms and other living things
  • Integration of sciences, including biology, ecology, physic, chemistry and more, to study the environment and create solutions to environmental issues
  • Ideal for those who are passionate about preserving our planet and creating sustainable long-term solutions

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers three distinct Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degrees to help you prepare for a career helping others get into optimal shape. Whether you desire to become a strength and conditioning professional, personal trainer or fitness instructor, or you wish to pursue graduate school in areas like kinesiology or health and wellness, there is an exercise science degree program at GCU to help you achieve your goals.

Physical Education Degree

Aligned to standards set by SHAPE America, the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Physical Education helps you understand the importance of personal wellness.

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Health Education

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Health Education prepares you to become a successful health educator and gain certification in several areas.

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Sports Performance

With a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Sports Performance, you can learn how to improve performance for athletes, military, law enforcement and more.

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What is health education?

  • Focus on improving health and wellness of populations through learning experiences
  • Emphasis on promoting healthy lifestyle changes, with a focus on environments and behaviors that may contribute to bad habits
  • Goal to increase knowledge and health-enhancing skills using a variety of sciences including environmental, psychological, physical and medical

What is physical education?

  • Focus on improving physical health and wellness through physical exercise
  • Emphasis on promoting healthy living at an early age
  • Goal to help young students learn the importance of staying active throughout their lifetime 
  • Goal to help others gain knowledge and competence about safe movement when performing physical activity


Biology Emphasis Programs

GCU's biology emphasis programs are designed to lay the foundation for a successful graduate degree and eventual career in health sciences. Our goal is to help you get ready for the next step. These degrees not only prepare you with essential knowledge to help you succeed, but also fulfill the prerequisite courses required for entrance into a graduate program. Explore our offerings to learn more about what makes our programs unique and why GCU may be the right fit for you.

Biology Pre-Med

Those seeking to apply to a graduate medical program, including medicine, veterinary or dental, may wish to pursue a BS in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Medicine.

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Pre-Pharmacy Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Pharmacy helps those seeking entry into a graduate pharmacy program prepare to apply.

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Pre-Physical Therapy Degree

Thinking about pursuing a career as a physical therapist? Discover GCU's Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy.

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Pre-PA Program

If you wish to become a physician assistant (PA), then explore GCU's Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant.

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Science Degrees for Education

For those who aspire to educate the next generation while still pursuing their passion in science, GCU offers biology and chemistry degrees for secondary education. These degrees are offered in conjunction with the College of Education to provide both a strong foundation in science knowledge along with the skills necessary to become a highly effective educator. If you want to teach at the middle school or high school level, then these science degrees were designed with you in mind.

Biology Teacher Degree

If you feel called to secondary education and have a passion for biology, then explore GCU's Bachelor of Science in Biology for Secondary Education degree.

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Chemistry Teacher Degree

Future high school and middle school chemistry teachers can prepare for their future career with GCU's Bachelor of Science in Chemistry for Secondary Education.

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Bachelors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Degree

If you have a mind for science and a desire to work in the biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, then GCU's Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree is a great choice. In this degree program, you can gain a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, physical and life sciences, physics, genetics, pharmacology and more, with a curriculum that prepares students for competitive entry into graduate research programs.

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