Shane O'Donohue

Shane O'Donohue

"What I like best about Grand Valley are the people here. Everybody is very supportive and they want you to succeed in life, and that is a great feeling having such a family behind you." - Shane O'Donohue, biomedical sciences and psychology double major Read More

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C.S. Mott Community College

Program Guide: Physics

First Year

First Semester
ENGL 101 3
MATH 170 5
Humanities elective 3
CHEM 131 + 131L 5
Second Semester
ENGL 102 3
MATH 180 5
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Social Science elective 3

Second Year

First Semester
MATH 250 5
PHYS 287 + 287L 5
Humanities elective 3
MATH 270 3
Second Semester
World Perspectives elective 3
MATH 280 4
PHYS 288 + 288L 5
Social Science elective 3


  • Degree offered: B.S..
  • This guide assumes a prior math background.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer agreement (MTA). Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.   Social science 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, FREN 252, GEOG 142, HIST 151, HIST 152, PSCN 173, SPAN 282
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  HIST 154, HIST 155, SOCY 193, SOCY 292, SOCY 294
  • Students interested in teacher certification should take PSYC 281 as a social science elective.
  • MATH 280 should not be taken if you are considering graduate school.  You should wait and take this class at Grand Valley.


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 teacher certification, 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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