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  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics - Second Major for the Bachelor of Science Degree, (B.S.)


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Program objectives for a B.S. in Physics are: (a) knowledge of core principles in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermal physics, quantum mechanics, mathematical methods, optics, and modern physics; (b) ability to discriminate between relevant and irrelevant principles and facts in problem solving; (c) an understanding of research methodology in physics; (d) ability to effectively communicate scientific results in both oral and written reports; (e) ability to use computers for data analysis, literature search, scientific writing, and the ability to use other specialized research equipment; (f) ability to collaborate with other students in and out of the laboratory and during problem-solving.

University General Education Program (41 hours)


See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements. Note the following requirements specified for the Physics major:

Electives


Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

Second Major for the Bachelor of Science Degree


A total of twenty-nine (29) semester hours beyond PHYS 2110 /PHYS 2111  and PHYS 2120 /PHYS 2121 , many of which are already required by the primary major. Since the students in each B.S. degree-granting department take different courses to satisfy their degree requirements, the program for the second major in Physics is different for each discipline. For details, please contact the Department of Physics and Materials Science or check the department’s website at:

http://www.memphis.edu/physics/undergraduate/2nd_major_requirements.php

Honors Program


This program is open to physics majors who maintain a grade point average of at least 3.25, both overall and in physics, have achieved junior standing, and have completed PHYS 3060 . Students admitted to the honors program must complete 8 hours of upper-division physics honors courses: (1) PHYS 4991 /PHYS 4992  Honors Research in Physics, where the student will conduct original scholarly work under the direction of an honors research advisor; (2) PHYS 4999  Senior Honors Thesis, where the student will write a thesis based upon background reading and the experimental research completed in PHYS 4991 /PHYS 4992 ; (3) PHYS 4911  Senior Honors Seminar, where the student will give a presentation based on the work completed in PHYS 4991 /PHYS 4992 .

Those students who complete the physics honors program and the regular college requirements will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degree conferred “With Honors in Physics.” Moreover, the student’s diploma and record at the University of Memphis will reflect this distinction.

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