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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West Shore Community College

Program Guide: Physics

First Year

First Semester
ENG 111 3
MTH 222 5
CHM 122 4
Social Science elective 3
Second Semester
ENG 112 3
CHM 123 4
MTH 223 5
Elective 3

Second Year

First Semester
Social Science elective 3
Humanities elective 3
MTH 224 3
PHY 236 5
Second Semester
World Perspectives elective 3
MTH 231 3
Humanities elective 3
PHY 237 5
U.S. Divesity elective 3


  • Degree offered: B.S.
  • This guide assumes students are ready to begin in MTH 222.
  • PSY 161 and BIO 122 are recommended for students interested in teacher certification.
  • CHM 122 and 123 must both be taken at WSCC to get CHM 115 and 116 credit at GVSU.
  • 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.
  • World Perspectives electives:  ANT 112, GEO 133, LIT 213, PHL 202, SPN 202, HIS 142
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  ANT 114, SOC 275, HIS 145, HIS 146



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, and engineering.

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