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About Biology at Young Harris College

The Bachelor of Science in Biology at Young Harris College opens a world of opportunities for you. Our program equips you with a comprehensive understanding of biological sciences and the necessary skills to excel in diverse fields, ranging from health care to environmental studies.

At YHC, we value a holistic educational approach, grounding Biology and all our math, science, and technology programs in a robust liberal arts core. We also emphasize critical thinking, hands-on techniques, and the importance of ethics in research, ensuring you’re well-prepared to solve complex biological problems.

Biology research and your capstone project

Contribute to the world of science as an undergraduate with the YHC Biology Program’s exciting research opportunities. You’ll collaborate closely with faculty mentors on research projects, resulting in enriching capstone presentations and the potential for participation in scientific conferences. 

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Careers in Biology

With a Biology major from Young Harris College, the career possibilities are vast, and your educational journey could take you down many rewarding paths.

Health care:

Advance the medical field by going into research, biotechnology, or pharmaceuticals. Or provide patient care as a physician, nurse, or therapist.


Work in conservation, wildlife management, or environmental consulting.


Share your passion for biology as a science teacher, lecturer, or science journalist. Additionally, a Biology major can lead to roles in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Biology degree requirements

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from YHC, you’ll take 120 hours of coursework.

General Education:

31 hours, including CHEM 1211 and MATH 1113


22 hours, including two PALS (Physically Active Life Skills) courses

Program courses:

67 hours

Some of our most popular biology classes include:

BIOL 3501 Microbiology:

This course surveys microorganisms, emphasizing bacteria and viruses, and includes classification, evolution, cytology, genetics, physiology, ecology, and laboratory techniques.

BIOL 3301 General botany:

Students learn evolutionary patterns of development in vegetative and reproductive organs, as well as laboratory techniques.

biol 3801 Vertebrate zoology:

Students learn methods of collecting, preserving, and identifying vertebrates through the laboratory, which includes field trips to local sites with distinctive biodiversity.

Biology as a minor

The Biology minor at Young Harris College offers students from various disciplines the chance to explore the world of biological sciences. This unique opportunity opens up new career opportunities and broadens your understanding of the world around you.

Biology partnerships

YHC also maintains strong connections with numerous local, regional, and national entities, including the Hemlock Project, the YHC/UGA Beekeeping Institute, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Conservation Section. These partnerships enrich our curriculum and empower our students to make an impact in the biological sciences.

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I never thought the Enchanted Valley would have had such an amazing impact on my life!

Hannah Rizzuto Class of ’24, Spring Hill, FL