Brian  Parks

Brian Parks

"Being supported by Grand Valley to go to conferences was mind blowing to me. It helped me dream a little bit bigger." - Brian Parks '08, Financial Analyst, Herman Miller Read More

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Schoolcraft College

Program Guide: Physics

First Year

First Semester
ENG 101 3
MATH 150 5
Social Science elective 3
CHEM 111 4
Second Semester
ENG 102 3
Humanities elective 3
Social Science elective 3
MATH 151 5

Second Year

First Semester
MATH 240 5
PHYS 211 5
World Perspectives elective 3
Humanities elective 3
Second Semester
PHYS 212 5
Elective 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3
MATH 230 4


  • Degree offered: B.S.
  • This guide assumes students are prepared to begin in MATH 150.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Social science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • World Perspectives electives:  ANTH 211, ARA 202, FR 202, GEOG 133, GER 202, HIST 137, HIST 238, HUM 232, SPAN 202
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  HIST 151, HIST 152, HIST 153, SOC 205, SOC 209, SOC 210
  • Students interested in teacher certification should take PSYCH 201 as a social science elective.


Physicists are usually employed in research and development laboratories in industry, private institutions, and government. As we enter a new century, the physicist will normally be working as a part of a team of scientists and engineers in such research fields as energy, superconductivity, low temperature, secondary teacher, optics, atomic and nuclear phenomena, radiation, and computers. A physics degree is also an excellent background for positions or further education in such fields as medicine, law, business administration, and engineering.

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