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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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Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Hey, Google are four of the most widely recognizable virtual assistants. Also called digital assistants or AI assistants, these are software applications that can process voice commands and complete tasks. Currently, digital assistant technology can be used to take dictation, create a to-do list, look up information and even order items online, but what will users be able to do with them in the future? If you decide to earn a STEM degree such as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming, you may one day have the opportunity to work on the next generation of digital assistants.

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Computer programmers tend to be scientifically minded, logical individuals. So it can be particularly exciting for them to wear a different hat, so to speak, and embrace their creative sides with world-building activities. Building a digital world is challenging, but it can also be incredibly fulfilling.

GCU’s degree in computer science with an emphasis in game and simulation development explores artificial intelligence in gaming, 2D and 3D graphics and operating systems. In addition to the mathematical foundations that are taught in the program, practicing world-building can help students gain critical thinking skills relevant to a future career in computer science.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing & Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Grand Canyon University provides students with unique and exciting opportunities to engage in faculty research, design and development projects. Take advantage of some of these options to work alongside faculty while gaining experience and a competitive edge for internships, graduate schools and careers:

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Mechanical engineering is an ancient discipline. Through the centuries, mechanical engineers have put their skills to work solving problems both great and small. Some have literally moved mountains like Imhotep, while others, like Gilbreth, have developed household features we take for granted today. If you are curious about whether mechanical engineering is the right field for you, take a look at the stories of a few of history’s most famous mechanical engineers.

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Biomedical engineers are innovators who are driving the future of health care. The need for safer, more precise and more versatile medical technology is a constant one, and biomedical engineers are on the forefront of fulfilling that need. If you decide to major in biomedical engineering, you will take an intensive course on biomaterials. These are materials designed to safely come into contact with living tissue. In some cases, biomaterials can replace living tissue.

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Science, technology and engineering professionals are in high demand across virtually all industries. The sky is the limit when you graduate with a STEM-related degree from an accredited university. It is always important to look ahead at your future career aspirations after graduation, but do not forget to focus on the task at hand: doing well in college-level courses. If you are ever having trouble with college-level math, do not hesitate to reach out for help. Your academic advisor may recommend an on-campus tutor or other university resources that can help you overcome these challenges.

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