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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics - Second Major for Engineering Students, (B.S.)

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

Second Major for Engineering Students

A total of twenty-nine (29) semester hours beyond PHYS 2110 /PHYS 2111  and PHYS 2120 /PHYS 2121 , many of which will count toward the engineering degree or are already required by the engineering major. Since Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical engineering students take different courses to satisfy their degree requirements, the program for the second major in physics is different for each engineering discipline. For details, please contact the Department of Physics and Materials Science or the department’s web site at:

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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