Young Harris College offers a major in chemistry, a study of matter at or near the molecular or atomic level. Students studying other aspects of the sciences can also benefit from our minor program in chemistry.
Although it is a very broad field, chemistry encompasses the properties of matter and transformations and interactions that occur with both matter and energy through chemical reactions. Chemists are also concerned with atomic structure and how the nature of that structure dictates the interactions of molecules and compounds.
Almost all scientific disciplines, including biology, physics and engineering, require a good working knowledge of chemistry in order to understand fundamental concepts. Science students at YHC are strongly encouraged to take General Chemistry as early as possible. Chemists can seek careers in labs involved with medical chemistry, food chemistry, environmental chemistry, petroleum chemistry and many other commercial or government laboratories. Many chemists teach at the high school or college level or choose to enter medical school and pursue a career in healthcare.