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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics - Astronomy Concentration (B.S.)

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Program objectives for a B.S. in Physics are : (a) Acquire knowledge of core principles; (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 sessions. This concentration will be of interest to students interested in stars, galaxies, black holes, cosmology, astrobiology, and other topics related to astronomy and astrophysics. Students will develop analytical and laboratory skills and expertise related to this field.

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.

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 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.

Physics Astronomy Concentration 4 year Plan

Junior Year

First Semester

Second Semester

  • GE Social/Behavioral Science (3)
  • GE Humanities/Fine Arts (3)
  • GE History (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • Semester Totals 15 hrs.

Senior Year

First Semester

Second Semester

Total Hours: 120


GE = General Education Requirements                     BS = Bachelor of Science college requirements                       UD = Upper Division

Foreign Language Requirement - See the Undergraduate Catalog


Degree hours = 120                      42 Upper Division hours required for graduation

No more than 2 hours of physical education courses may be counted toward a degree

Residence - 30 of the last 60 hours must be taken at University of Memphis; at least 60 hours must be at a four-year institution; transfer students must earn at least 6 hours of a major at UofM and at least 3 hours of a minor at UofM

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