What Is a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree?
Offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program is an intensive survey of the specialized fields of engineering, including electrical and mechanical engineering.
Combine your passion for science and math with your drive to have a positive impact on society. Learn the fundamentals of mechanical design, thermodynamics and computer-aided engineering, blended with crucial workplace skills like intrapreneurship, servant leadership and project management.
Engineers are innovative problem solvers who bridge the gap between scientific advancements and commercial applications. Nearly every industry relies on forward-thinking engineers to turn tomorrow’s dreams into today’s realities. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree at Grand Canyon University can be your starting point for a personally fulfilling career in this dynamic STEM field.
What You’ll Learn With This Engineering Degree
Join a vibrant learning community on campus at GCU, and benefit from the diverse perspectives of peers and fully qualified instructors. Become an effective communicator and ethical servant leader who considers the curriculum and real-world engineering issues through the lens of the Christian worldview.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering program at GCU is both broad in scope and in-depth in nature, blending together key topics from a variety of STEM subjects, including calculus, physics and differential equations. In courses such as Electrical and Electronic Circuits, Programming for Engineering and Thermodynamics and Lab, students will gain a solid understanding of the following areas:
- Principles of thermodynamics, including the properties of ideal gases and water vapors and the first and second laws of thermodynamics
- Fundamentals of materials science, with an emphasis in electrical, mechanical or biomedical aspects
- Analysis methods for DC and AC circuits, and the design and analysis of analog and digital circuits
- Selection and design of machine elements based on theories and methods of the dynamics and strength of materials
GCU’s bachelor’s in engineering degree program is unique in that it also requires students to complete coursework in business leadership, including Intrapreneurship and Innovation, Servant Leadership and Production/Operation Management. Students are inspired to become a positive influence in the workplace by cultivating their commitment to the ethical resolution of issues.
In addition, all engineering students are required to complete the Capstone Project I and II. Students have the opportunity to design projects in their area of interest that apply real-world research.
What Can You Do With an Engineering Degree?
From 2016 through 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the U.S. economy to add approximately 140,000 new jobs in the engineering field. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering program at GCU gives you the knowledge and skills you need to pursue a meaningful career in this dynamic field. Graduates can apply their broad business skills and engineering background to a diverse range of settings and industries. Some of the jobs that may be related to this degree include:
- Engineering Sales
- Engineering Consultant
- Engineering Management
- Project Engineer
- Technical Writer
As well, there are many different fields that students with engineering degrees can enter. Some of the engineering fields may include:
Some graduates may decide to expand upon their career opportunities by pursuing an advanced degree. Grand Canyon University offers many master’s degree and doctoral programs in the STEM fields.
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
* 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.