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About Environmental Science at Young Harris College

Environmental Science prepares students to tackle environmental challenges in various fields, to work in various disciplines, and to succeed in advanced degree programs.

Knowledgeable faculty help students to understand the natural science components of environmental issues while also exploring the social and economic factors involved. Students receive training in instrumentation and field techniques, learn to work collaboratively with others, and consider the ethical implications of environmental problems.

The environmental science faculty often involve students in projects with numerous entities locally, regionally, and nationally, including the Hemlock Project, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Conservation Section, MountainTrue, and the Appalachian Teaching Project.

Environmental Science degree requirements

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science 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 environmental science classes include:

BIOL 3201 Conservation Biology:

Conversation biology is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates sciences (e.g., genetics, ecology, wildlife management) with the human dimension (e,g., politics, economics, ethics).