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Physics Education Major

Accelerating the World’s Knowledge

If you’re called to share your knowledge with others and have a passion for physics, then consider a major in Physics Education. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of physics theories and supplement that knowledge with challenging and applicable Math courses. You’ll also take Education classes that will train you to manage and discipline a classroom, create lessons based on your students’ psychological development, and approach assessment with fair and compelling methods. Both physics and education will merge as you learn to make physics accessible to those who might not be scientifically minded.

During your junior and senior year, you will design and complete your own experiments and projects. This will give you hands-on experience designing labs for your own classroom and practicing proper lab techniques and safety.

The Physics Education curriculum is designed to best prepare students for a career as a physics teacher for grades 5-12. You will spend a semester of your senior year teaching real students at real schools, either domestically or internationally. The semester is split into two different teaching locations, at which you will teach two different grade levels in order to gain a wide breadth of teaching experience.

Physics Education 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

Contact the Education Department

Dr. Ben Hotmire, Chair of the Education Department
765-998-4312
bnhotmire@taylor.edu

Shannon Shilts, Education Program Assistant
765-998-5147
shannon_shilts@taylor.edu

Special Programs

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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