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Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Program Guide: Physics

First Year

First Semester
ENG 110 3
MATH 160 5
Humanities elective 3
World Perspectives elective 3
Second Semester
ENG 111 3
MATH 162 5
Humanities elective 3
Elective 4

Second Year

First Semester
CHM 120 4
MATH 260 5
Social Science elective 3
PHY 221 5
Second Semester
MATH 264 4
PHY 222 5
U.S. Diversity elective 3
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 selective from different disciplines.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.
  • PSY 150 is recommended for students interested in secondary education.
  • World Perspective electives: FRL 206, FRL 255, GEO 102, HRY 101, HRY 252, HUM 205, PHI 209, PSI 202, SOC 201
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  HRY 102, HRY 103, SOC 103, SOC 200, SOC 205
  • Students interested in teacher certificaion should not take a U.S. Diversity course.
  • Students interested in teacher certification could take PSY 190 or CIS 209 or BIO 101.


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, 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, secondary education and engineering.

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