Studying Physics at Regis

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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.

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Program Requirements

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)
Ch 210 Principles of Chemistry I (4 ch)
Ch 211 Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I (1 ch)
Ch 230 Principles of Chemistry II (4 ch)
Ch 231 Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II (1 ch)
CS 308 Introduction to Programming (3 ch)
MT 360A Calculus I (4 ch)
MT 360B Calculus II (4 ch)
MT 360C Calculus III (4 ch)
PH 304A General Physics with Calculus I (3 ch)
PH 305A General Physics with Calculus Laboratory I (1 ch)
PH 304B General Physics with Calculus II (3 ch)
PH 305B General Physics with Calculus Laboratory II (1 ch)
Upper Division Requirements  (25 credit hours)
MT 463 Differential Equations (3 ch)
PH 408 Analytical Mechanics and Special Relativity (3 ch)
PH 410 Electricity and Magnetism (3 ch)
PH 420 or
PH 425
Electronics (4 ch)
Optics with Laboratory (4 ch)
PH 451 Modern Physics Laboratory and Seminar (2 ch)
PH 460 Quantum Theory and Spectroscopy (3 ch)
PH 465 Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics (3 ch)
3 credit hours Upper Division Physics/Astronomy Electives
PH 475 Physics Capstone Seminar (3 ch)

How to Apply

Take the next step to receiving a values-based education at Regis by visiting our admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists, and applying college credit (AP, IB) to your degree.

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