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Alana Holland

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Wayne County Community College

Program Guide: Physics

First Year

First Semester
ENG 119 3
MAT 171 4
CHM 136 4
Social Science elective 3
Second Semester
ENG 120 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3
World Perspectives elective 3
MAT 172 4
Social Science elective 3

Second Year

First Semester
MAT 271 4
PHY 265 4
Humanities elective 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
MAT 272 3
Elective 3
Humanities elective 3
PHY 275 4
MAT 273 3


  • Degree offered: B.S..
  • This guide assumes a prior math background.
  • 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 152, ANT 154, ENG 228, ENG 266, FRE 202, GEO 202, HIS 152, MWS 101, MWS 102, MWS 103, PHL 101, PHL 102, SPA 202
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  AAS 120, AAS 131, AAS 140, ANT 201, HIS 249, HIS 250, HIS 261, HUM 126, MWS 114, SOC 103, SOC 230, SOC 245
  • Students interested in teacher certification should take PSY 101 as a social science elective.
  • Students interested in teacher certification should not take a U.S. Diversity course.
  • MAT 273 is only recommended if graduate school is not an option


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, secondary teacher certification 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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