Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences

This degree is the first of its kind. The program equips students with both scientific knowledge and a deep understanding of plants. Graduates are prepared to enter the herbal products field directly, begin work as botanical medicine experts or pursue further education in related areas.
Length of Program: 2 years, full time.
Campus: Kenmore, Washington

Program Overview

Those who seek scientific knowledge of how herbs promote healing will find their place in Bastyr’s Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences program. Students are equipped with a multifaceted, personal understanding of plants and are empowered to bridge the gap between traditional herbalism and modern science.

Program Highlights

  • Bastyr's campus in nature. Our 51-acre Washington campus is set adjacent to the 316-acre Saint Edward State Park — the perfect outdoor classroom for studying plants throughout the seasons. The park features miles of wooded hiking, running and biking trails and offers many opportunities for nature study.
  • Expert faculty. Small class sizes and a strong academic advising program assure that you are given the individual attention you deserve.
  • A hands-on curriculum. You’ll be equipped with real-world skills in evaluating and maintaining quality control of herbs, thus preparing you for direct employment in the herbal products field.
  • A 44-hour practicum. Applicable experience will help you transition confidently into the workforce, providing a valuable interface with herbal manufacturers, growers, wildcrafting experts, practitioners and researchers.
  • State-of-the-art herb garden & teaching greenhouse. The Bastyr Gardens feature more than 350 species of species of herbs from Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic and First Nations traditions. The campus gardens and greenhouse gives you the opportunity to grow herbs year-round, harvest herbs for classroom study or to make herbal products, and even to fulfill relevant work-study hours.
  • An on-campus botanical medicine lab. Hone your skills in herbal medicine making through hands-on practice in a lab environment. 
  • Innovative classes. Classes such as Ethnobotany Northwest Herbs and Herbs and Food, give you plenty of exposure to various methodologies and diverse thinking.
  • Study abroad options. A variety of study abroad/away options are available in Costa Rica, Italy and the U.S.

Career Opportunities

Careers that harness a therapeutic connection with nature to heal people:

  • Herbal industry representative, consultant, formulator, manufacturer or manager
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Teacher/instructor at an herbal school
  • Production and processing specialist
  • Researcher
  • Herb cultivator or wildcrafter
  • Work in the health/wellness/supplements/cosmetics industry
  • Preparation for graduate studies in natural medicine, ethnobotany, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, phytotherapy, botany, horticulture, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, medicine, nursing or nutrition

Campus Location - Seattle, WA

Seattle, Washington Campus

Set in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Bastyr’s expansive Seattle-area campus provides a serene, natural environment for students to deepen their health education. Our campus is located in the Seattle suburb of Kenmore, Washington, and encompasses 51 acres along the shore of Lake Washington. 

At our Seattle-area campus, you’ll enjoy dynamic classroom environments and unique facilities for research, laboratory and clinical experiences. Our campus location also affords you easy access to the rich cultural experiences of the Seattle metropolitan area and unlimited exposure to the natural wonders of the Puget Sound region.

General Requirements

Length of Program

2 years, full-time

Program Entry

The Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences is a bachelor’s degree completion program, specifically developed for students who have already started their undergraduate degree. Entering students will have completed the equivalent of two years of college coursework before enrolling. Bastyr enrolls new degree-seeking students for the Fall Quarter entry.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Are you ready to take the next step toward pursuing your Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences degree? Speak to an advisor today to learn more about tuition costs or to find out about our financial aid programs!


Bastyr’s rigorous Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences program trains professionals who can respond to the growing demand for herbal medicine experts. Reference our curriculum table for the number of credits per course, course hours and lecture hours each week.

Graduates complete the program in two years and are prepared to enter the herbal products field directly, begin work as botanical medicine experts or pursue further education in related areas. Expected learning outcomes of graduates can be found in the course catalog

Contact an advisor to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences program.

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  • Completion of the equivalent of two years of college coursework
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Grade of C or better in all basic proficiency and science requirement courses
  • 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits), including a minimum number of credits in the basic proficiency, science and general education categories 

Reference our curriculum table for full prerequisites. To learn which classes fulfill these prerequisites, use our course equivalency guide.

A full course outline can be found in the Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences program description of the Academic Catalog.

Professor Highlights

Professor Highlights: 

Jenn Dazey, Student Ambassador

Jenn Dazey, ND, RH (AHG)
Dr. Jenn Dazey is a core faculty member in the Department of Botanical Medicine who specializes in the use of herbal medicine in her private practice. She has a special interest in the cultivation and processing of medicinal plants.
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