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YHC is an educational adventure that helps answer the question, “What if?” This is especially true in a division full of hypotheses, experiments and discovery. An understanding of mathematics and the sciences is an indispensable part of a sound education and our faculty is ready to challenge you over the next four years. At YHC, learning happens everywhere—from the classroom to the lab to the field. It happens at the Beekeeping Institute and through the YHC Hemlock Project, both which provide unique learning experiences for students, faculty and the region. It happens at the 40-foot-dome Rollins Planetarium, which features a state-of-the-art GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star projector, as well as at the YHC observatory which features a Schmidt Cassegrain telescope housed in a 15-foot dome just a few minutes drive from campus. Our facilities are well-tailored to nearly every scientific interest. Many of our courses combine traditional laboratory experiences with field experiences so you can conduct and present significant research as an undergraduate. You’ll build a strong base of expertise and apply your newfound knowledge to research that changes lives or challenges long-held ideas. Graduates with knowledge and aptitude for the natural sciences are in demand. YHC alumni have been accepted into prestigious graduate programs and found successful careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, ecology, research, pharmacology, astronomy, physics and education.

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Biology is exploring life around you. And we’ve created the ideal learning environment in an idyllic natural setting. Young Harris College is located in one of the most biologically rich areas of the continental United States, providing you with a natural laboratory for investigating ecological issues pertinent to biodiversity and environmental health.


chemistry student

Chemistry is fundamental to the world, playing a role in everyone’s lives and touching nearly every aspect of our existence. Chemical technologies enrich our quality of life by providing new solutions to global issues regarding health, materials and energy usage. Students are prepared to choose from a variety of useful, rewarding and interesting careers.


environmental student

Interested in investigating the natural world? Intrigued by the prospect of doing some substantial independent research? Looking for hands-on field experiences and connections for jobs and graduate or professional schools? Then this degree may be the perfect fit for you.

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You will be encouraged to think critically, develop quantitative analytical reasoning, and understand mathematical thought and knowledge. Our program also develops your ability to use this understanding to produce and communicate mathematics and apply these concepts in the real world. These skills make mathematics majors a valuable commodity.

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From the creation of black holes to the birth and death of stars to the fundamental question of the formation of the universe, astronomy awes and inspires us. This minor allows students pursuing a bachelor’s degree to enhance their knowledge about the workings of the universe along with added practical experience.

Physics Student

A student who pursues a minor in physics will learn to analyze systems from the standpoint of a scientist and will gain improved problem-solving skills, laboratory skills, research skills, and mathematical skills. They will come to better appreciate the physics around them in everything from the car they drive to work, the rainbow in the sky, and the HVAC system that keeps them comfortable. 

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The Sustainability minor provides students with the background necessary to understand and tackle these challenges. Sustainability is a multi-disciplinary approach bringing together the knowledge and disciplines of environmental science, business, economics, politics, public policy, law, public communications, ethics and more.


Divisions & Programs

Divisions & Programs