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Department of Physics

Campus Box:
Campus Box 157

P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Physical location:
Auraria Campus, North Classroom Building,
1200 Larimer Street, Room 3801
Phone: (303) 556-8344
Fax: (303) 556-6257
Email: Dawn Arge



Faculty Profile

Randy Tagg, Physics

Randy Tagg, Physics

Physics and cancer research

Randy Tagg, associate professor of physics, is working to better understand oral cancer. Uniquely, he has enlisted the help of a variety of students to assist with grantwork on the project.

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Department of Physics


The department of Physics at the University of Colorado Denver enriches understanding of how the world works by incorporating physics in every aspect of life. Good intuition about how things work has been, since the time of Galileo, a hallmark of physicists.

UC Denver's faculty is committed to providing substantive applied research experiences for our undergraduate students by incorporating aspects of every day life into their classrooms and research. A major in physics is one of the few academic degree programs that prepares its students for an amazing array of careers including computer analyst, engineer, technical writer, industrial marketer, doctor, and lawyer.

Our faculty is committed to provide students with opportunities for laboratory experience in a research environment. Students work elbow-to-elbow with their professor mentors on such projects as:

  • applying chaos and complex systems theory to problems ranging from the onset of turbulence in fluid flows to the erratic motions of loads hanging from cranes aboard ships at sea
  • study of quasar jets and other associated dynamical properties, supernovae and nucleosynthesis
  • Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) specifically the fabrication of microelectronic SQUIDs
  • expert evaluation of environmental issues (particularly arsenic contamination in groundwater and neutron detection) at locations around the world
  • research in magnetic resonance, magnetic resonance imaging, interacting spin systems and iterative map
  • Applying non-linear dynamics and stochastic modeling to biological systems to understand how variations in genotype can lead to unique behavior


News and Events

Dr. Clyde Zaidins is named acting chair of the Department of Physics

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