What Is a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree?
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree teaches you the fundamentals of circuits, thermodynamics and computer-aided design, blended with industry-focused business skills that prepare you for engineering management roles. Engineers are innovative problem solvers who bridge the gap between scientific advancements and commercial applications.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering program is a multidisciplinary survey of engineering fields, including electrical and mechanical engineering, with an added focus on management and business topics. This engineering degree is offered by GCU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
Nearly every industry relies on forward-thinking engineers to turn tomorrow’s dreams into today’s realities. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree at Grand Canyon University can be your starting point for a personally fulfilling career in this dynamic STEM field.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
What You’ll Learn With GCU’s BS in 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 Circuits, Introduction to Engineering Programming and Fluid Mechanics & Lab, students will gain a solid understanding of the following areas:
- AC and DC circuits, circuit analysis, filters, impedance and power transfer
- Development of algorithms to solve engineering problems, using assembly and C programming languages
- Fluid statics, laminar and turbulent flow, pipe flow and control volume analysis
GCU’s bachelor’s in engineering degree program is unique in that it also requires students to complete coursework in business leadership, including Lean and Quality Management, Business Process Design 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. This two-semesters-long course series allows students to apply real-world research, develop teamwork skills, conduct a feasibility study and work with a mentor to perfect their projects.
What Can You Do With a BS in Engineering?
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
- Manufacturing engineer
As well, there are many different fields that students with general, multidisciplinary engineering degrees can enter and apply their project management skills. Some of the engineering fields may include:
Career opportunities in the engineering field are projected to remain steady over the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for architecture and engineering occupations to increase by about 6% from 2020 to 2030, as fast as average, accounting for an estimated increase of 146,000 jobs in the field.1
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.
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 September 2021, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Architecture and Engineering Occupations
2 College Factual, 2022 Engineering Degree Guide in Jan. 2022
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.