What Is a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering?
Electrical engineering is a dynamic and continually evolving field. Prepare to be an innovator on the forefront of emerging technologies with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Grand Canyon University. Developed with industry guidance, this undergraduate electrical engineering degree gives students broad foundational knowledge in specializations such as electrical design, electronics engineering and signal processing.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. It is a multidisciplinary program, combining key facets of mathematics, chemistry and physics. The courses blend instructional knowledge with real-world applications and practical project management. Students will acquire expertise in circuits, electromagnetic fields, signals and systems. They demonstrate their mastery of the field through hands-on capstone projects.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Types of Electrical Engineering
This intensive Bachelor of Science degree program prepares students to succeed across all branches of electrical engineering, including power, electronic, signal processing and telecommunications engineering. Students will polish their problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the hands-on labs that are integrated seamlessly along with classroom lectures.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering students will work in collaborative groups to develop key project management skills necessary for the 21st century job market. The curriculum encourages students to develop the professionalism, innovative spirit, interpersonal skills and essential communication skills to succeed. As a private Christian university, GCU asks electrical engineering students to reflect upon their coursework in light of the Christian worldview.
What Courses Will You Take During an Electrical Engineering Program?
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program guides students through a rigorous curriculum. Students will develop a solid framework of knowledge in chemistry, physics and mathematics before diving into degree-specific courses. In engineering classes such as Circuits, Science of Solid Materials, Electromagnetic Fields & Optics and Electrical Design Principles, students will develop the following core competencies:
- Understand AC and DC circuits, circuit analysis, filters, impedance and power transfer
- Explore the concepts of bonding and the structure of solids, as well as the thermal, acoustic, electronic and optic properties of materials
- Consider the fundamentals of static electric and magnetic fields, and explore the properties of light in terms of electromagnetic waves
- Design electrical and electronic devices, circuits, and systems by applying the engineering sciences, economics and national and international standards, using hands-on activities
In addition, electrical engineering degree students will complete a capstone project over the course of two semesters. Students will explore real-world applied research and design projects in their area of interest.
Careers With a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for electrical and electronics engineers is on track to grow by an estimated 3% from 2019 to 2029.1 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering graduates may pursue opportunities across a diverse range of settings, such as the following:
- Governmental agencies
- Private engineering firms
- Power generation
- Telecommunications utility agencies
- Semiconductor industry
- Research facilities
A qualified electrical engineer may pursue a number of different roles within these organizations. Electrical can focus on research and developmental design, test engineering and project management. Specialty areas may include digital and analog devices, radar and navigation systems, nuclear power or solar energy.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree program at GCU effectively prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in the field, which can further enhance career opportunities.
For more information on the ABET accreditation of engineering programs and other university licensures, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.
BS in Electrical Engineering Degree FAQs
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2021, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
Required General Education Courses
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.