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Calculating Your Future

Mathematics defines the order of the universe, and Taylor can help you define your future as a mathematician whether you are interested in education, government, business, ministry, web design, consulting, computer analysis, engineering, statistics, actuarial services, or any other math-related career. With a fully equipped math laboratory, computer lab, resource room, seminar room, and lounge at your disposal, the Euler Science Complex is an excellent environment for students to collaborate, study, and learn.

Our award-winning Mathematics faculty are the driving force behind our department. Not only will your professors challenge and guide you in the classroom, they will engage you in a dynamic community that expands beyond academics to enrich your spiritual and social development. They will encourage you to pursue your passions and participate in career-prep opportunities while challenging you to explore the connections between mathematics and the Christian faith.

Faculty take their roles as teachers and mentors very seriously. Here’s Dr. Jeremy Case talking about what you can expect from your community as a Math major at Taylor.

Mathematics Opportunities

Beyond the academic, spiritual, and social growth you will experience as a Taylor Math major, there are numerous opportunities and resources available to you. Deepen social connections with fellow Math majors and gain professional experience on an international scale with our incredible opportunities:

  • Math Competitions: Taylor Math majors consistently excel in local and national math competitions, such as the MATH Challenge, Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition (ICMC), and the William Lowell Putnam Competition.
  • Math Conferences: Students participate in the annual Mathematics & Statistics Conference at Miami University (Ohio), IN-MAA conference, and MathFest. Several students also attend the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference and national summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America.
  • Math Club: Taylor’s Math Club allows Mathematics majors to interact and create deep, spiritual relationships outside of the classroom. Math Club sponsors a variety of events, including department picnics, game nights, holiday parties, and meals.
  • Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship Program: Partner with your campus, regional, and national award-winning professors for a summer of mathematical research that could be published in mathematics journals and presented at national conferences.
  • Service Opportunities: Mathematics majors are in high-demand as tutors and teaching assistants. As an assistant, Math majors help physics, chemistry, engineering, and math professors by assisting with in-class group work, explaining complex equations and solutions, holding study sessions, grading papers, and giving lectures. They can also volunteer in local schools to help elementary, middle, and high school students learn and enjoy math.
  • Summer Research and Work: During the summer, Math students have the opportunity to research at prestigious institutions around the country and internationally with Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs. Other universities include Hong Kong, NASA, West Virginia, Willamette Valley, San Diego State University, Northern Kentucky University, and more. Our students also work with MathPath, a summer program for middle schoolers who excel in mathematics.
  • Study Abroad: Math majors are encouraged to explore mathematics opportunities abroad, such as studying in Oxford Best Semester for Mathematics and Statistics or Budapest Semesters in Mathematics. Math Education majors are able to perform their student teaching internationally in locations such as Spain, Taiwan, Australia, France, Cameroon, and Senegal.

Interested in risk management and value assessment? At Taylor, you have the opportunity to earn a certificate in Actuarial Science, where you can take the first two required exams to become an actuary while pursuing your major. This 37-credit hour program recognized by The Society of Actuaries is open to all majors, especially Mathematics-Interdisciplinary, Finance, Accounting, and other related fields.

Project Type: Directed

Project Type: Directed

Department News

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Taylor Mathematics Adds Data Science Major

Mar 27, 2023

While Data Science is a new major this year, the Mathematics Department has been preparing successful data scientists for many years already.

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Math Students Gain Research Experience with Board Games

Mar 17, 2023

Over the summer, Math Education majors Anne Parker ‘24 and Emily Odell ‘24 worked with Dr. Derek Thompson, the Department Chair and Professor of Mathematics, to research and design creative projects.

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Math Alumnus’ Work Featured on ESPN

May 12, 2022

For Mathematics alumnus Dr. Evan Miyakawa ’17, Taylor provided an opportunity for him to combine his love of math with his passion for college basketball.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Derek Thompson

Department Chair and Professor of Mathematics

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Jeremy Case

Professor of Mathematics

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Mark Colgan

Professor of Mathematics

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Patrick Eggleton

Professor of Mathematics

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Patricia Erickson

Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics

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Allison Hunt

Assistant to the Dean, School of Natural & Applied Sciences

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Steve Lippold

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Evidence Matangi

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Mandi Maxwell

Professor of Mathematics

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Amish Mishra

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Daniel Rodman

Assistant Professor of Mathematics