Thuy  Simpson, Ph.D.

Thuy Simpson, Ph.D.

"There are several things I love about teaching at Grand Valley, but I have to say one of the best things about teaching at Grand Valley is the students. They are very respectful and they make teaching a lot more rewarding." - Thuy Simpson, Finance Department Read More

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Mid Michigan Community College

Program Guide: Physics

First Year

First Semester
ENG 111 3
MAT 126 5
Social Science elective 3
CHM 111 4
Second Semester
Elective 3
ENG 222 3
Social Science elective 3
MAT 225 4
World Perspectives elective 3

Second Year

First Semester
MAT 226 4
PHY 211 5
Humanities elective 3
Social Science/U.S. Diversity elective 3
Second Semester
Humanities elective 3
MAT 230 3
Humanities elective 3
PHY 212 5


  • Degree offered: B.S..
  • This guide assumes students are ready to begin in MAT 126.
  • This guide fulfills the MACRAO agreement.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.
  • World Perspectives electives:  ANT 170, HIS 102, REL 111, SSC 111
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  HIS 211, HIS 212, SOC 200, SOC 250
  • Students interested in teacher certification should take PSY 101 as a social science elective.  Teacher certification students can also take BIO 101 if time permits.  However, at least 58 credits must be taken at a 4 year college.


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, secondary teacher certification, 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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