What Is a BS in Applied Technology Degree?
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology degree focuses on problem-solving using technology with hands-on activities designed to provide students technical experience required in the workplace. Throughout this program, students take courses in networking, security, database systems and information technology process management.
The curriculum for this program includes intensive, project-based courses that help students develop skills in project management and communication within the profession. This program aligns with GCU’s Christian mission, aiming to develop graduates committed to upholding ethical and moral principles within the field of technology.
Skills You’ll Learn With a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Technology
GCU’s BS in Applied Technology was created by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology to strengthen students’ understanding of information technology. In this program, students examine the design, development, implementation and maintenance of relational database structures. In addition, students learn about the changing modes of communication and recognize the advances in digital communications. Students gain practical experience in developing and supporting a thesis or position in written, oral and visual presentations. Throughout the program, there is a focus on the interpersonal skills and communication strategies and techniques required for success in diverse organizations, enabling students to gain a basic understanding of how cybersecurity threats impact society and more.
To complete this program, students must take a minimum of 120 credits and pass courses including:
- Fundamentals of cybersecurity
- Information systems design and development
- Introduction to database structures
- IT business case planning for global enterprise
- Managing business communications and change
- Professionalism in science and technology-communications, conduct and ethics
This program concludes with an IT project, which gives students the opportunity to work in teams to tackle real world applied research and design projects in their chosen area of interest. To complete this project, students develop a project proposal, conduct a feasibility study, learn to protect intellectual property and develop teamwork skills, budgets and a schedule for completing the project.
Applied Technology Degree Jobs for Graduates
Graduates of GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology are prepared for professions in information technology. Graduates may go on to become:
- IT project managers
- Network support specialists
- Process engineers
- Software engineers
- Systems engineers
- Technology trainers
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.