Earn Your BSME Degree from GCU
Mechanical engineers have a direct impact on everyday life. Through the application of science and mathematics principles, mechanical engineers design innovative and economical solutions to problems that affect modern society. You can find your purpose in this field with the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program at Grand Canyon University. Developed with industry guidance, this BSME degree program walks you through a range of mechanical engineering principles, applicable to research project and manufacturing industries.
GCU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers this BSME degree program for students who are exceptional problem solvers and critical thinkers. It blends a multidisciplinary range of STEM subjects, including computer programming, mathematics, chemistry and physics. Students are introduced to manufacturing processes and engineering economics to further enhance their career qualifications.
This bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering program is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
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What You Will Learn in the BS in Mechanical Engineering Program
Explore the analysis, design, use, and manufacture of mechanical devices as you learn from fully qualified and engaging instructors, and benefit from the diverse perspectives of your peers. Improve your communication skills as you work in collaborative team settings to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems. There is an emphasis on the role of servant leadership and ethics. As a private Christian school, GCU seeks to deliver a modern curriculum that instills the principles of faith and the glorification of God.
In courses including Structure and Property of Materials, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Principles of Mechanical Design, and Electro-Mechanical Systems and Controls, you will develop a mastery of the following topic areas:
- The properties and structures of materials in terms of their actual atomic or molecular structure
- The principles of thermodynamics, including the properties of ideal gases and water vapors, basic gas cycles, refrigeration, entropy and reacting mixtures
- Concepts of conduction, convection, and radiation, as well as an introduction to mass transfer
- Technical planning, requirements management, integration, verification, validation and production as they relate to integration of machine elements into a system
- Integration of mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines in measurement and sensing, interfaces of devices to controllers, feedback control and more
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program is a carefully designed blend of classroom instruction, hands-on experimentation, and self-study. You will have the opportunity to complete the capstone projects, in which you will work in teams to design projects in areas of your interest. You will also apply real-world research to develop project proposals and feasibility studies.
Careers in Mechanical Engineering You Can Pursue With a BSME Degree
From small components like microscale sensors to major systems like spacecraft, mechanical engineers are at the heart of scientific accomplishments and industrial innovations. With their knowledge of analysis, design, manufacture and operational processes, mechanical engineers can make everyday life safer and more efficient. The BS in mechanical engineering degree is a versatile choice that can enhance a graduate’s career trajectory.
Mechanical engineers work in many settings, including manufacturing plants, engineering consulting firms and technical and test centers. A diverse range of industries employ mechanical engineers, such as the biotechnology, automotive, energy and nanotechnology industries. Some specific jobs that may be related to this BSME degree include:
- Mechanical engineering
- Cost estimating
- Aerospace engineering
- Architectural and engineering management
- Engineering teaching (postsecondary)
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates job growth for mechanical engineers to increase by about 4% from 2019 to 2029, accounting for an estimated 12,400 new jobs in the field.1
BSME Degree Program 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 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Mechanical Engineers.
2 Retrieved from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Mechanical Engineers, in July 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.