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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.
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B.S. in Physics

Degree Overview

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.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Regis College: Core Requirements

Economics

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(3-6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: EC 200 - Intro to the American Economy
Group 2: EC 320 - Principles of Macroeconomics
and
EC 330 - Principles of Microeconomics

EN 250 - Literature Matters

Introduces the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, with an emphasis on works that have had a profound influence on our world. Students will write a series of analytical essays, including at least one research essay.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

Fine Arts

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours of Fine Arts
from the following courses:
any 200-level FAC course, FAHS 211, FAHS 212

Foreign Language

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(6-8SH)
Take two classes in one language

Foundational

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(6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: RCC 200 - Writing Analytically (Fall)
Communicative Intensive (Spring)
Group 2: Commitment Program Students
RCC 200A - Writing Analytically A (Fall)
RCC 200B - Writing Analytically B (Spring)
Group 3: Honors Program Students
RCC 200H - Honors Writing Seminar (Fall)
RCC 300H - Honors Trad & Innovation (Spring)

History

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(3SH)
Three (3) credits from any 200-level History course

Integrative

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(12SH)
Take all of the following courses:
RCC 400D (Group 1), RCC 410E (Group 2),
RCC 420J (Group 3), RCC 430M (Group 4)

Mathematics

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(3-4SH)
Take one of the following Mathematics course:
MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 270C, MT 272, MT 272C
MT 360A, MT 360B

Natural Science

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(4SH)
Take one Natural Science course (Group 1) with the
accompanying lab (Group 2).
Eligible courses include:
BL( 204/5E-W, 208/9, 216/17, 260/1, 262/3), ENVS 250/1,
GE 208/9, PH (202A, 205A, 304A, 305A),
AS 250/1 (Non-Science majors),
NS 260/1 (cannot be counted for Psychology Majors)

Philosophy

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(3SH)
Take one of the following Philosophy courses:
PL 270, PL 270C, PL 270H, PL 270P

Public Speaking

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(3SH)
Speech Communication

Religious Studies

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(3SH)
Any 300 level RT course

RT 201 - Religion and the Human Quest

Considering human existence in relation to the sacred and drawing on Eastern and Western religious traditions, this course explores religious perspectives on human questions about life, suffering, goodness, and ultimacy.

Cross listing(s): RT 201C.

Social Science

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours from the following course list
ED 204, POL 215, POL 231, POL 241, PY 250, PY 250C, PY 250H,
SO 200, SO 200C, SO 203, AN/SO 204, PJ 200

RC:Physics-Lower Division

CH 210 - General Chemistry I

Introduces chemical and physical properties of matter, atomic structure, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, thermodynamics and aqueous chemistry.

CH 211 - General Chemistry I Lab

Introduces fundamental laboratory techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy and acid/base chemistry.

CH 230 - Principles of Chemistry II

Continuation of CH 210. Examines the following fundamental chemical principles: equilibrium theory; acid-based chemistry; chemical kinetics; thermodynamics; and electrochemistry. Additional special topics may include transition metal chemistry, the chemistry of new materials, nuclear chemistry, and geochemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*210

CH 231 - Principles of Chemistry II Lab

A continuation of fundamental lab techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy, and acid/base chemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*211

CS 308 - Introduction to Programming

Introduces the fundamental constructs that are common to all modern computer languages. Emphasizes basic programming skills with loops, conditionals, methods and arrays.

MT 360A - Calculus I

Treats standard topics of single variable calculus including limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and elements of integration.

MT 360B - Calculus II

Continues treatment of single variable calculus including definite and indefinite integrals, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, techniques of integration and infinite series.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

MT 360C - Calculus III

Presents topics of multivariable calculus including calculus of vector functions, multivariable functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, applications and other topics as time permits.

Pre-requisite: MT*360B

PH 304A - General Physics with Calculus I

Discusses fundamental concepts of motion, including Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Focuses on the development of quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

PH 304B - Gen Physics with Calculus II

A continuation of PH 304A,focusing on electricity, magnetism, and waves. Includes an introduction to quantum mechanics.

Pre-requisite: PH*304A

PH 305A - General Physics with Calculus I

Compliments PH 304A, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

PH 305B - General Physics Lab with Calculus II

Compliments PH 304B, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

RC:Physics Major-Upper Division

Elective

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Select three (3) credits Upper Division Physics/Astronomy

MT 463 - Differential Equations

Studies solutions first and second order different equations, applications, linear differential equations, series solutions, laplace transforms, numerical solutions, and systems of linear differential equations with constant coefficients.

Pre-requisite: MT*360B

PH 408 - Analytical Mechanics/Special Relativity

Reviews Newtonian mechanics. Introduces calculus of variations and the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations. Describes collisions and oscillations, including normal modes of coupled systems. Introduces relativistic kinematics.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304A MT*463;

PH 410 - Electricity and Magnetism

Studies Coulombs law through the electromagnetic field of moving charge. Develops electrostatic fields in vacuum and in dielectrics, magnetic fields associated with constant and variable currents in vacuum and in magnetic materials, Maxwell's synthesis, and the propagation of electromagnetic waves in vacuum, in dielectrics and in good conductors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B AND MT*360C;

PH 420/425

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PH 420-Electronics
OR
PH 425-Optics with Laboratory

PH 451 - Modern Physics Laboratory & Seminar

Exploration of quantum and relativistic phenomena, application of statistical methods to experimental data, and discussion of ethical considerations in physics research.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B;

PH 460 - Quantum Theory & Spectroscopy

Formal development of the theory of quantum mechanics with applications to electronic, vibrational, and rotational structure of molecules, spectroscopic techniques, and chemical bonding.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B AND CH*230;

Cross listing(s): CH 430B.

PH 465 - Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics

Application of statistical methods to explain the laws of thermodynamics. Includes discussion of temperature, multiplicity of states, entropy, Boltzmann factors, and the partition function, applied to systems including ideal gases, quantum gases, and solids.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B;

PH 475 - Physics Capstone Seminar

Review of and reflection on the physics curriculum, including extensions of selected assignments completed in previous courses. Discussion of the ethical considerations faced by practicing scientists.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates. No course descriptions found.

CH 204 Drugs of Use and Abuse (3.00)

Provides an introductory survey of general, organic, and biological chemistry principles as they relate to prescribed, over-the-counter, and recreational drugs. Specific topics may vary each semester.

CH 205 Drugs of Use and Abuse Lab (1.00)

Involves laboratory exercises accompanying and reinforcing CH 204 lecture topics, including observations, demonstrations, and student experimentation.

CH 210 General Chemistry I (4.00)

Introduces chemical and physical properties of matter, atomic structure, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, thermodynamics and aqueous chemistry.

CH 211 General Chemistry I Lab (1.00)

Introduces fundamental laboratory techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy and acid/base chemistry.

CH 221 Honors Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1.00)

Inquiry based examination of fundamental chemical concepts in context of their impact on research, humanity and the environment using modern laboratory techniques and instrumentation. NOTE: Minimum score of 28 on the math ACT or permission of the instructor required.

CH 230 Principles of Chemistry II (4.00)

Continuation of CH 210. Examines the following fundamental chemical principles: equilibrium theory; acid-based chemistry; chemical kinetics; thermodynamics; and electrochemistry. Additional special topics may include transition metal chemistry, the chemistry of new materials, nuclear chemistry, and geochemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*210

CH 231 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1.00)

A continuation of fundamental lab techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy, and acid/base chemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*211

CS 308 Introduction to Programming (3.00)

Introduces the fundamental constructs that are common to all modern computer languages. Emphasizes basic programming skills with loops, conditionals, methods and arrays.

MT 360A Calculus I (4.00)

Treats standard topics of single variable calculus including limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and elements of integration.

MT 360B Calculus II (4.00)

Continues treatment of single variable calculus including definite and indefinite integrals, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, techniques of integration and infinite series.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

MT 360C Calculus III (4.00)

Presents topics of multivariable calculus including calculus of vector functions, multivariable functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, applications and other topics as time permits.

Pre-requisite: MT*360B

MT 463 Differential Equations (3.00)

Studies solutions first and second order different equations, applications, linear differential equations, series solutions, laplace transforms, numerical solutions, and systems of linear differential equations with constant coefficients.

Pre-requisite: MT*360B

PH 304A General Physics with Calculus I (3.00)

Discusses fundamental concepts of motion, including Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Focuses on the development of quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

PH 304B Gen Physics with Calculus II (3.00)

A continuation of PH 304A,focusing on electricity, magnetism, and waves. Includes an introduction to quantum mechanics.

Pre-requisite: PH*304A

PH 305A General Physics with Calculus I (1.00)

Compliments PH 304A, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

PH 305B General Physics Lab with Calculus II (1.00)

Compliments PH 304B, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

PH 408 Analytical Mechanics/Special Relativity (3.00)

Reviews Newtonian mechanics. Introduces calculus of variations and the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations. Describes collisions and oscillations, including normal modes of coupled systems. Introduces relativistic kinematics.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304A MT*463;

PH 410 Electricity and Magnetism (3.00)

Studies Coulombs law through the electromagnetic field of moving charge. Develops electrostatic fields in vacuum and in dielectrics, magnetic fields associated with constant and variable currents in vacuum and in magnetic materials, Maxwell's synthesis, and the propagation of electromagnetic waves in vacuum, in dielectrics and in good conductors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B AND MT*360C;

PH 420 Electronics (4.00)

Discusses electronics and circuits. Includes AC and DC circuit analysis, physics of semiconductor devices, applications of transistors and operational amplifiers, and an introduction to digital logic and computer interfaces. NOTE: One three-hour lab per week.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*202B AND PH*304B;

PH 425 Optics With Laboratory (4.00)

Reviews geometric optics and simple interference and diffraction phenomena. Introduces aberrations, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, the Michelson interferometer, circular and elliptical polarization, birefringence, and nonlinear crystals. Examines coherence; students build a laser cavity.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B;

PH 451 Modern Physics Laboratory & Seminar (2.00)

Exploration of quantum and relativistic phenomena, application of statistical methods to experimental data, and discussion of ethical considerations in physics research.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B;

PH 460 Quantum Theory & Spectroscopy (3.00)

Formal development of the theory of quantum mechanics with applications to electronic, vibrational, and rotational structure of molecules, spectroscopic techniques, and chemical bonding.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B AND CH*230;

Cross listing(s): CH 430B.

PH 465 Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics (3.00)

Application of statistical methods to explain the laws of thermodynamics. Includes discussion of temperature, multiplicity of states, entropy, Boltzmann factors, and the partition function, applied to systems including ideal gases, quantum gases, and solids.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B;

PH 470 Introduction to Astrophysics (3.00)

Reviews the observational bases of astrophysics, radiative properties of stars, stellar spectra, binary and variable stars, stellar interiors and evolution, and galaxies and cosmology. Includes observational work.

Pre-requisite: PH*304B

Cross listing(s): AS 470.

PH 475 Physics Capstone Seminar (1.00)

Review of and reflection on the physics curriculum, including extensions of selected assignments completed in previous courses. Discussion of the ethical considerations faced by practicing scientists.

PH 490E-W Independent Study/Physics: (1.00 - 4.00)

Offers an opportunity for advanced independent research.

PH 498E-W Internship in Physics (3.00)

Involves placement of advanced physics students in industry, government or other agencies. Faculty approval, supervision, and evaluation of students' work required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*451;

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