Physics & Mathematics Education Major
If you have a knack for mathematics and physics and a passion for passing on knowledge, consider a Physics & Mathematics Education major. Math and science classes will give you a deep understanding of mathematics and advanced physics, while education classes will train you to make those subjects accessible to your own students who may not have a natural inclination for them. Additionally, you will learn essential classroom skills, such as classroom management and discipline, assessment methods, and lesson planning based on your students’ age group.
The Physics and Mathematics Education curriculum will build an interdisciplinary knowledge that will allow our students to become math or physics teachers for grades 5-12 or pursue entry-level physics or mathematics careers.
Physics & Math Education majors spend a full semester of their senior year teaching real students locally or internationally. Each Education student teaches at two different schools for middle school or high school students, which prepares the student teachers for running their own classroom after graduation.
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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.
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.
Students interested in actuarial studies should note that The Society of Actuaries lists Taylor as an approved institution for introductory preparation.