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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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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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When it comes to earning a degree that will prepare you for an in-demand career and provide you a job after graduation, a safe bet would be the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field. Unlike other degree fields, the STEM field will always be looking to expand because of the constant growth and change it experiences. Technology and science is a huge part of today’s world, thus more and more jobs are being formed every year and the demand for educated workers continues to rise.

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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

The current classroom experience across colleges and universities is typically based on one or more of the following: lecture, discussions, hands-on activities, laboratory experiments and knowledge assessment activities. Our applied research team (S.M.U.R.F) in the Department of Computer Science at GCU is investigating the potential of adding a new dimension to the classroom experience: mixed reality, i.e. the combination of virtual reality, augmented reality and interaction with real objects. The use of virtual reality technology while interacting with physical objects in class provides multiple opportunities for enhancing learning activities from a pedagogical and student engagement perspectives. Our team’s current research focuses on the following question: “What is the feasibility of virtual/mixed reality environments as experiential learning environments?”

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One thing that Grand Canyon University takes pride in is our family atmosphere. Right when you step on campus, you are immediately connected. Between the energized games and the smiling faces, students never want to leave! Grand Canyon University is a great environment to be a part of, whether you are a student or a faculty member. Melissa Beddow, a faculty member in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at GCU, enjoys every part of her job. Beddow is an associate professor and teaches forensic science, biology and chemistry courses.

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By Josiah Jibben
Computer Science Major, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

By Chandler van Dyke
Computer Science Major, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

While choosing a college major, you may find yourself considering a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) major. STEM majors are appealing for several reasons, including diversity, challenge, industry job growth, compensation and personal satisfaction. Grand Canyon University offers several STEM programs in computer science, information technology, engineering and computer programming. By looking at the goals, technologies and career opportunities in each major, you may be able to decide which STEM major is right for you:

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By Haley Glasmann
Exercise Science (Sports Performance) Major, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Looking for a great way to get involved on campus and further your knowledge in your major? Then consider joining one of Grand Canyon University’s on-campus research groups! Here are four reasons to consider getting involved in a research group in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology:

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By Shaun Wang
Computer Science Major, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Mac or Windows? The decades-old question remains unsolved. A lot of times the decision is not based on computer alone, but rather on user preference and finances. This blog will explore the which computer is best for computer science students and how to choose specs based on long-term need while in the program.

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