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Read about what makes Taylor's Physics and Engineering program so unique. Don’t see your question, please contact Dr. Kiers today!

Why should I study physics and engineering at Taylor?

There are many reasons for studying at Taylor:

  1. Taylor has a reputation for excellence. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Taylor as Midwest’s #1 regional college for the last eight years, stressing our emphasis on teaching. This is evident in the opportunities you have to grow in your field through use of our state of the art equipment and our collaborative space in the Euler Science Complex.
  2. We integrate the aspects of discipleship into how we prepare you for your future as an engineer or physicist. It is evident in the purposeful intent our faculty have in getting to know you and in the integration of faith and learning.
  3. We fully embrace the liberal arts education. You can major in physics and engineering and you will still be immersed in a whole-person education. We will encourage you to participate in other activities on campus like student leadership, athletics, music or theatre.

Overall, know that if you study physics and engineering at Taylor, you will graduate with an enormous range of opportunities in many fields and graduate schools.

What opportunities do I have for professional development outside of classes?

If you have ambition and drive, you can gain graduate-level experience as an undergraduate student by working on real-life projects funded by agencies such as NASA, the Air Force, and NSF. Research and projects have included:

  • Solar Car
  • Satellites and Satellite Components
  • Nano-Satellite proposal – We were the only undergraduate program selected for an Air Force University nanosat program $100,000 grant.
  • Muscle Biopsy research in collaboration with the physical education and human performance department.
  • Summer internships – Students can get prestigious summer internships at major labs, including NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Argonne National Lab, Fermi Lab, and the Mayo Clinic.
  • Service learning projects – Participate in projects like Central American water well drilling ministry in partnership with the earth and environmental science department.
  • Student teaching

What kind of equipment will I be able to work with in the Euler Science Complex?

As a Physics student, you have the opportunity to work with a variety of equipment that will prepare you for your career.  We would love to have you schedule a visit so you can see the equipment for yourself, and hear why we are so passionate about our program and the Euler Science Complex!

What kind of software will I be able to use in the Physics and Engineering Department at Taylor?

Physics and Engineering students at Taylor have access to a wide variety of analysis and design software packages.  Examples include: 

  • Mechanical CAD
    • 3D solid modeling - SolidWorks Premiere
    • 2D – Draftsight (AutoCAD clone)
  • Electrical CAD
    • PCB design – Cadsoft Eagle
    • Circuit simulation – Orcad PSpice, LTSpice
  • Lab Automation tools
    • MATLAB – Data Acquisition Toolbox & Instrument Control Toolbox
    • LabView
  • System Modeling
    • MATLAB/Simulink w/ Simscape, SimElectronics, SinPowerSystems, Control System Toolbox
  • Embedded Systems Development
    Various tools, including tool chain for:
    • Atmel micros such as the ATmega family
    • Microchip PIC processors
    • Cypress PSoC processors
    • ATmega based Arduino platform
  • Programming environments
    • Varies, but includes MS Visual Studio, Eclipse, Python, Dev C++.