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The College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers degree programs that prepare students for high-demand professions in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. With an emphasis on Grand Canyon University’s Christian worldview, our college believes in instilling social awareness, responsibility, ethical character and compassion. Our blog, BrainSTEM, focuses on topics related to science, engineering and technology, with engaging contributions from students, staff and faculty. On the blog, you can find helpful resources relating to STEM fields and learn more about current events occurring globally, locally and within GCU. We hope to provide our readers with information that helps them learn about the necessary knowledge, skills and mental disciplines to succeed in today’s job market.
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Java is a strong and versatile programming language. Most tech companies generally expect that the computer programmers they hire will know how to use Java, so you’ll definitely want to focus on it while you work toward your degree. As with learning any new programming language, you’ll be able to pick up on its nuances better by practicing coding as you learn. Be sure to watch out for these common mistakes.

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Successful information technology (IT) workers understand that change is one of the only constants in the industry. And to get the most out of this rewarding career path, it’s necessary to adapt and drive the next wave of innovation. Blockchain technology is the perfect example of how quickly the tech world can change. If you’re vaguely familiar with cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin, then you’ve already been introduced to blockchain tech, perhaps without realizing it.

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As the importance of cybersecurity is becoming increasingly apparent to major corporations and other organizations, IT professionals have been edging their way into the C-suite. One example is chief information security officer (CISO)—a position that many corporations have embraced in an effort to modernize their organizations and take on the challenges of the 21st century. Could a C-suite position be in your future?

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for physician assistants (PAs) will grow by 37 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than the average for all professions. For learners who plan to pursue a career as a PA, the Bachelor of Science in Biology With an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant degree program from Grand Canyon University can provide an ideal educational platform.

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People sometimes assume that IT is always related to working at helpdesks and fixing computers. While the helpdesk is a possible career destination for IT students, it is not the only path associated with information technology. Grand Canyon University offers multiple bachelor’s degrees in different facets of IT to allow students to make informed decisions when attempting to navigate their areas of interest.

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Graduates of GCU’s BS in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity degree program practice their skills through ethical hacking. This is the act of penetrating networks to find threats and vulnerabilities in those systems. Ethical hackers conduct these penetration tests with the permission, and usually at the request, of businesses who want to ensure that malicious attackers cannot exploit their computer systems.

An ethical hacker has the technical skills and knowledge to identify issues within a target system. That hacker works within the rules of the business and law and does not exploit their findings. Their goals are to assess the security of a system and report on their findings.

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