Studying Physics at Regis
The physics program educates the next generation of scientific and technology leaders within a moral, ethical, and intellectually stimulating framework. Our students are prepared not just for the technological challenges of the workplace but also for the exciting science that will drive the next generation of solutions.
The Bachelor of Science in Physics degree provides a traditional introduction to the fundamental principles of the natural world, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum phenomena, and statistical thermodynamics. Students gain experience in mathematical problem solving and experimental laboratory methods.
Physics and astronomy address fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. How do conservation principles guide physical interactions? What is the structure of matter, space, energy, and time? Physicists and astronomers develop and test models that describe the behavior of matter and energy at scales ranging from the subatomic to the galactic. Students in our program can take a variety of courses in classical and modern physics that prepare them to understand phenomena at many points along this continuum, as well as exciting topics at the boundaries between physics and other scientific disciplines. Students develop hands-on experimental and computational abilities while also sharpening their mathematical reasoning skills.
Regis College students must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:
- Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
- Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
- Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year
More information about Regis College Core Studies can be found here.
Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the B.S. in Physics. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.
|Lower Division Requirements (33 credit hours)
||Principles of Chemistry I (4 ch)
||Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I (1 ch)
||Principles of Chemistry II (4 ch)
||Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II (1 ch)
||Introduction to Programming (3 ch)
||Calculus I (4 ch)
||Calculus II (4 ch)
||Calculus III (4 ch)
||General Physics with Calculus I (3 ch)
||General Physics with Calculus Laboratory I (1 ch)
||General Physics with Calculus II (3 ch)
||General Physics with Calculus Laboratory II (1 ch)
|Upper Division Requirements (25 credit hours)
||Differential Equations (3 ch)
||Analytical Mechanics and Special Relativity (3 ch)
||Electricity and Magnetism (3 ch)
|PH 420 or
|Electronics (4 ch)
Optics with Laboratory (4 ch)
||Modern Physics Laboratory and Seminar (2 ch)
||Quantum Theory and Spectroscopy (3 ch)
||Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics (3 ch)
|3 credit hours
||Upper Division Physics/Astronomy Electives
||Physics Capstone Seminar (3 ch)
|TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 58 credit hours