Jun 23, 2024  
UofM 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
UofM 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics - Materials Science Concentration, (B.S.)

The objectives of the BS program in physics with a concentration in Materials Science are to: (a) acquire knowledge of core principles in physics, (b) be able to justify and explain specific approaches to solving problems, (c) develop an understanding of research methodology in physics, (d) be able to effectively communicate scientific results in both oral and written reports, (e) develop computational skills both programming and data analysis, (f) be abile to use specialized research equipment, (g) be able to collaborate with other students in an out of the laboratory and during problem-solving sessions, and (h) apply of knowledge to independent research projects.

This concentration is deigned for students interested in pursuing an advanced degree and/or a career in materials science or closely related field. The concentration provides thorough theoretical, computational and experimental training covering subject topics such as hard and soft materials, photonic materials, semiconductors, magnetic materials, and nanomaterials. The concentration provides rigorous hands-on training with advanced research-grade instruments to synthesize advanced materials and analyze their properties.

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:


The Major (71 hours in addition to University General Education Program)

Major Core (47 hours)


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

Honors Program

This program is open to physics majors who maintain an inclusive grade point average of at least 3.25, a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 in the major, have achieved junior standing, and have completed PHYS 3010   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.

Typical 4-Year Physics Sequence Materials Science Concentration

Freshman Year

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Sophomore Year

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Junior Year

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Senior Year

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**One of PHYS 4020 , 4060, PHYS 4230 , PHYS 4420 , PHYS 4620 , MECH 3320 , CIVL 3322 , MECH 3322