STEM at Taylor

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics in Action

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics form the scientific, technological, and statistical core of any liberal arts education. And while everyone in today’s society needs foundational knowledge in the STEM field, whether they apply their knowledge to work Microsoft Office and balance a checkbook or code a new website and design new hydraulic technology, the ever-expanding STEM field needs more innovative problem-solvers, engineers, scientists, and technicians.

Our STEM majors are curious, innovative students who use all of the resources they can as an educational investment in their futures. They conduct widespread research, ask deep and thoughtful questions, pursue step-by-step processes, draw conclusions from exhaustive observation and experimentation, and go one step further than they are required to.

Taylor produces advanced STEM students who are academic researchers, ready to push the limits of their abilities and confident in their pursuits of solutions to challenging issues.

Breakdown of All Things STEM

STEM majors offer many opportunities to get out of the classroom and into the world. In addition to specialized options for specific majors, there are numerous possibilities that apply to multiple STEM majors. These include:

  • Advanced Research: Led by experienced professors, students in all STEM departments can propose and conduct hands-on lab research.
  • Field Studies: Experience in-field courses that allow you to perform first-hand research across the country and abroad. Our Science students have traveled overseas to Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and parts of Africa and across the U.S. to the Rocky Mountains and the Black Hills.
  • Challenging Practicums: STEM majors apply and are accepted into challenging practicums with industry-leading companies. They get hands-on experience with organizations like NASA, IBM, Motorola, RT Logic, Abbott Labs, DowAgroSciences, Johnson & Johnson, Stanford, the Mayo Clinic, Walmart Corporate, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and Sentry Data Systems.
  • Conferences: Almost every department within STEM offers opportunities for students to attend regional and national conferences. The conferences cover a wide range of topics, from science education and application to developments in mathematics and statistics.
  • GameJam: Hosted by the Computer Science & Engineering department and open to all Taylor students, GameJam is a competition that challenges groups of students to develop a video game from scratch, from the programming and controls to the art and music.
  • Tech Fair: The Tech Fair sees companies come from all over the country to promote their causes and recruit students for potential careers.

Choosing a STEM Major

STEM is a broad field with diverse array of branches, from pure, complex sciences to advanced, interdisciplinary sciences. Check out our broken-down STEM majors list below.


  • Biochemistry: Explore the fascinating crossover field of biochemistry as you learn about the chemical processes within living organisms.
  • Biology: Study all aspects of living organisms, including their physiology, anatomy, and behavior.
  • Biology Education: Prepare to teach biology at a middle or high school level by gaining in depth knowledge of biological fields and education methods.
  • Chemistry: Get hands-on experience with all major facets of chemistry with in-depth classes, practical labs, and professional research.
  • Chemistry – Environmental Science: Combine your love of chemistry and environmental science in a program that explores the physical and chemical aspects of environmental studies.
  • Chemistry Education: Gain a deep understanding of major chemistry areas and use a semester to teach real middle and high school students as you prepare to have a classroom of your own.
  • Environmental Science: Learn about the complex interactions between science and the natural world, as well as environmental law and ethics.
  • Physics: Prepare for graduate school with in-depth, rigorous studies of matter and energy and how they interact with movement through space and time.
  • Physics & Mathematics Education: Explore physics and mathematics and learn how to pass on your knowledge of them to middle and high school students.
  • Physics Education: Gain a deep understanding of physics and the principles of education as you prepare to teach physics at a high school level.
  • Sustainable Development: Build a foundational understanding of how the spheres of sustainability—environment, economics, and society—impact each other. You'll develop a holistic understanding of key issues facing humanity and the environment. .


  • Computer Science: Explore the foundations of modern technology by designing software, creating websites, and solving problems with computational and coding skills.
  • Computer Science — Cybersecurity: Learn to secure and protect digital information with digital forensics, software reverse engineering, cryptography, and security design.
  • Computer Science — Digital Media: Combine the technicalities of computer science and the art of visual and audio design to create high-quality media.


  • Computer Engineering: Design and build new computer technology using your knowledge of computer science, engineering, and physics.
  • Engineering: Learn to harness the laws of nature to solve real-world problems using your knowledge of engineering, mathematics, and physics.


  • Data Science*: Build your understanding of data interpretation, analysis, and visualization through a practical mathematics- and computer science-based curriculum.
  • Mathematics: Delve into the foundations of calculus, statistics, and mathematical application and deepen your understanding and knowledge of mathematics as a whole.
  • Mathematics Education: Combine your love for mathematics with education and prepare to teach math at a middle or high school level.
  • Mathematics — Interdisciplinary: Use your mathematical knowledge to augment and support a second field of study, such as accounting, biology, chemistry, or many others.
  • Physics & Mathematics Education: Explore physics and mathematics and learn how to pass on your knowledge of them to middle and high school students.

* Indicates minor only.