Hector Garcia

Hector Garcia

"You're able to think critically about not just your career, but about life in general. That's one of the biggest benefits that you obtain while going to Grand Valley." - Hector Garcia, engineering major Read More

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Washtenaw Community College

Program Guide: Physics

First Year

First Semester
ENG 111 4
MTH 191 5
CEM 111 4
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Second Semester
ENG 226 3
MTH 192 4
Elective 3
Social Science elective 3
World Perspectives elective 3

Second Year

First Semester
MTH 293 4
Humanities elective 3
Social Science elective 3
PHY 211 5
Second Semester
MTH 295 4
Humanities elective 3
PHY 222 5
MTH 197 4


  • Degree offered: B.S..
  • This guide assumes a prior math background.
  • 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.  
  • ENG 111 and ENG 226 both transfer to GVSU as WRT 150.  If students don't complete the MTA, students will only receive the benefit of one of the courses.
  • World Perspectives electives:  ANT 201, GEO 101, HST 122, HST 123, HUM 145, HUM 146, PLS 211, SPN 202, SPN 224
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  ENG 181, HST 150, HST 201, HST 202, SOC 205, SOCL 207, SOC 230
  • MTH 192 is only recommended if students are not interested in graduate school.  If they are, students should take this course at GVSU.
  • Students interested in teacher certification should take PSY 100 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, optics, secondary education, atomic and nuclear phenomena, radiation, and computers. A physics degree is also excellent background for positions or further education in such fields as medicine, law, business administration, and engineering.

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