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Physics Major/Minor

An Upward Trajectory

Analyze the complex functions of the physical world—quantum mechanics, electricity, magnetism, waves, optics, and thermodynamics—in Taylor University’s Physics major. In addition to challenging Physics courses, students take rigorous advanced Mathematics classes. Hands-on labs and Physics research projects allow students to apply the principles and theories they study in the classroom. All aspects of the Physics curriculum come together to launch students into prominent graduate schools, such as Johns Hopkins, MIT, and Stanford, or companies like CERN and RT Logic.

Taylor Physics majors not only go through extensive study and training in the classroom and lab, but they gain real research experience to prepare for whatever the future may hold. Juniors perform an advanced lab—a semester-long research project or experiment. Students collaborate with faculty to determine the project’s focus, design, and execution.

During January, seniors pursuing a degree in Physics participate in the senior capstone, another intense research project. The project requires students to fully utilize their technical, analytical, and laboratory skills, as well as knowledge from coursework throughout their previous years.

Physics Minor

Delve into the laws of nature with a minor in Physics. With standard physics, mathematics, and engineering courses, you will gain a deeper understanding of how things work. A minor in Physics could be extremely beneficial for majors in Mathematics or Chemistry.

Physics Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Physics & Engineering Department

Lara Horsley, Physics & Engineering Program Assistant
765-998-5162
lrhorsley@taylor.edu

Dr. Joel Gegner, Assistant Professor of Engineering
765-998-4737
jlgegner@tayloru.edu

Physics and Engineering Department

Designing and Building Your Future

Taylor’s ABET-accredited Physics and Engineering department provides a number of opportunities for professional growth and development. Our students have conducted graduate-level research for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Air Force as undergraduates; participated in projects like the Central American water well drilling ministry (with the Earth & Environmental Science department); taken part in prestigious summer internships at major labs such as Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Argonne National Lab, Fermi Lab, and the Mayo Clinic; and been hired by world-renowned companies like CERN and RT Logic.

Wherever God is calling you after graduation—the industry, healthcare, education, mission field—our outstanding faculty will mentor you and help you prepare for your career.

Tools of the Trade

At Taylor, students majoring in Engineering or Physics have access to a wide array of Euler Science Complex’s state-of-the-art equipment and analysis and design software. In addition to using the tools for rigorous classes, students can visit the machine shop, wood shop, and electronics lab to complete research and projects on solar cars, satellites, nano-satellites, and muscle biopsy.

Check out some of the Physics and Engineering equipment and software packages that our majors learn to use:

Equipment
  • Solar power conversion lab bench
  • CO2 cutter and engraver
  • 3D printer; fully equipped machine shop and wood shop
  • Single-photon detection apparatus
  • Well-equipped electronics lab with oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters, and power supplies
Software 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
Faculty & Staff
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Frank Braswell

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Joel Gegner

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Dr. Josiah McClurg

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Dr. Ken Kiers

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Lara Horsley

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Dr. Peter Krenzke

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Dr. Bob Davis

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