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Additional Fields of Study


Computer Science

All students who attend YHC are required to demonstrate computer proficiency. This can be done through taking a proficiency exam, passing the CIS 101 class or passing a 200 level computer class. The proficiency exam is given twice a semester, during the first two weeks and the last two weeks of each semester. The exam covers material from the CIS 101 textbook, word processing, spreadsheets, the Internet and e-mail.

Students at YHC have access to approximately 100 computers located in three computer labs on campus and in the library.

Course Offerings

CSCI 1610 Computer Programming I

This introductory programming course seeks to teach the fundamentals of object oriented programming and design with a strong focus on problem solving and critical thinking. The goal of the course is not centered on learning a specific language but is more focused around learning sound principles that can be used in any modern object oriented language such as C++ or Java. Students will also learn sound programming practices such as coding standards, debugging, documentation, commenting, and program tracing. Throughout the course students will examine such topics as objects, classes, inheritance, variables, variable scope, logic, branching, looping, file IO, and arrays.

Special Topics in Computer Science

Courses on selected topics in the discipline of computer science.

Physical Geography

Physical geography is the study of geography and Earth sciences but also includes topics from physics and chemistry. The main purpose of this course is to explore the spatial characteristics and natural phenomena on Earth.

Course Offerings

PSCG 1107 Physical Geography I

This course is a study of the fundamental elements of weather and climate, including the distribution of and variations in temperature, pressure, winds, and precipitation will be analyzed and used in the study of storms, climates, and air pollution. Topics in global warming and energy resources will be examined in detail. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Designed primarily for non-science majors.

PSCG 1108 Physical Geography II

An introduction to physical geology including plate tectonic theory, gradational processes, landform classification, and the study of rocks and minerals. Topics in global warming and energy resources will be examined in detail. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Designed primarily for non-science majors.


“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein

Physics is a natural science that explains the workings of the universe. It instills in students a set of tools that prove valuable in any field they pursue. After taking physics courses at Young Harris College, students are well-trained in critical thinking and problem solving. Physics students oten go on to study life science, medicine, astronomy, engineering, computational programs and even business or law.

Course Offerings

PHYS 1111/1112 College Physics I and II Sequence

As the algebra-based version of physics, college physics is suited for students who major in the life sciences, arts and business. In these courses, the physics concepts are more important than the technical details. Knowledge of precalculus is required.

PHYS 2111/2112 University Physics I and II Sequence

University Physics is the calculus-based version of physics and it provides students with the relevant mathematical skills needed to analyze and work through physics problems. This course is highly recommended for scientists, engineers, astronomers, computer professionals and anyone inclined towards the mathematical aspects of physics.

Both of these sequences have a one-hour laboratory component involving hands-on and computer activities.