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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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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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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology recently sent four teams to Opportunity Hack 2018, a two-day coding event where the GCU Big Data and IT/Cyber team placed second out of 27 teams, winning a combined $5,000 prize. The team, made up of students Tom Fowler, Joshua Lee, Thomas Gleason and Christian Taillon, presented their solution to a pressing problem from local nonprofits.

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Professional computer programmers are expected to know how to use multiple programming languages. Some of the most in-demand languages are Java, JavaScript, Python, PHP, C/C++, SQL and Ruby. If you want to land a job at a specific company like Google or Facebook, you should check out which languages they expect their programmers to know. It can be tough to learn multiple languages, but here are some quick tips for getting started.

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One of the most pervasive stereotypes about tech experts is that they spend all day behind a computer screen and are therefore in poor physical condition. If this stereotype was ever true, it isn’t any longer. Plenty of computer programmers in Silicon Valley these days spend their spare time doing CrossFit and triathlons. So is physical fitness the key to success?

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If you love working in a fast-paced industry in which the only constant is change, then you’ll do well as a computer programmer. Throughout your career, you can help drive the development and implementation of emerging technologies and find ways of improving others. One of the latest technologies to keep your eye on is geofencing. It refers to an automated action triggered by changes in geographical location.

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From robotic surgery to robotic vacuums, there’s no question that robotics will play an even greater role in everyday life in the future. In fact, one of the exciting things about robotics is just how quickly the field changes from one year to the next. If you choose to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with an Emphasis in Robotics degree program from Grand Canyon University, you’ll learn to apply your innovative thinking and Christian ethics to this dynamic career path.

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You love computers and you think you might like to work for a software company after you graduate. But you also love to tinker with cars and figure out how to make them run better and you aren’t sure which career path to pick. Clearly, either path would equip you with the skills necessary to compete in a modern workforce but there’s no need to compromise—you really can accommodate both passions with a degree in a STEM field. Cars are more high-tech than ever before and this trend is only likely to grow in the future.

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