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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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
Humanities elective 3
U.S. Diversity/Social Science elective 3
MATH 230 4


  • Degree offered: B.S.
  • This guide assumes students are prepared to begin in MATH 150.
  • This guide fulfills the MACRAO agreement.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.
  • 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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