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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.

Excellence in teaching and the fostering of close relationships between faculty and students are the hallmarks of this department. Get involved in undergraduate research, internships or special programs such as the YHC Beekeeping Institute and YHC Hemlock Project.

We’ll challenge and support you on an educational adventure. Our faculty are personally invested in their students and well-respected in their disciplines, engaged with professional projects and research of their own. Professors are heavily involved in the greater scientific community and well-connected to the Georgia Academy of Science and the Association of Southeastern Biologists.

Young Harris College trains you to truly be a scientist, not just to memorize facts. You’ll hone scientific investigative skills and develop a solid biological knowledge base for graduate school, professional school or your chosen career. Biology grads often go into medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacology, research, education, environmental science or ecology.


The biology minor allows students pursuing bachelor's degrees in disciplines other than biology to engage in focused and in-depth study of the subject. For instance, an English major who would like to be a scientific journalist or a business and public policy major who is interested in agribusiness or environmental policy may wish to pursue a minor in biology. Any student interested in a profession that involves health care, scientific research or any other biological application would benefit from a biology minor. 

A student who pursues a minor in biology will have the opportunity to research and interpret biological facts and systems, and examine the biological sciences from the perspective of a scientist.

View the Bachelor of Science in Biology curriculum.*

View the Biology Minor curriculum.*

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Arnold.

*When viewing requirements for your major, please select appropriate catalog year.