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Dr. Richard Vallery (Chair)
valleryr@gvsu.edu

117 Padnos Hall of Science, 1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

Bachelors of Science in Physics



Completion of a major in physics requires the following:
  1. General university degree requirements as identified in the General Academic Policies section of the catalog.

  2. Thirty-nine semester credit hours of required physics courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course.  Transfer students must complete at least 11 credit hours in physics courses at Grand Valley at the 300 level or above.
    • PHY 230 Principles of Physics I*
    • PHY 231 Principles of Physics II
    • PHY 302 Introduction to Modern Physics
    • PHY 309 Experimental Methods in Physics
    • PHY 311 Advanced Laboratory II
    • PHY 330 Intermediate Mechanics
    • PHY 340 Electromagnetic Fields
    • PHY 350 Intermediate Modern Physics
    • PHY 360 Thermodynamics
    • PHY 485 Senior Physics Project I**
    • PHY 486 Senior Physics Project II**

  3. Thirty-six semester credit hours of required cognate courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course.
    • CHM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
    • CHM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
    • CS 162 Computer Science I
    • MTH 201 Calculus I
    • MTH 202 Calculus II*
    • MTH 203 Calculus III
    • MTH 227 Linear Algebra
    • MTH 300 Applied Analysis I
    • MTH 304 Analysis of Differential Equations, or
    • MTH 302 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

*Completion of MTH 201, MTH 202, and PHY 230 satisfies the B.S. degree cognate for the Physics major.
**Capstone sequence
 Consult the official Undergraduate Catalog for details.

Transfer students should consult the Course Equivalency Guide and/or speak with an advisor or the Chair of the Physics Department.



  Last Modified Date: September 10, 2009
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