Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

There are many ways to turn your passion for food, nutrition and the environment into a meaningful, successful profession. As a student in Bastyr’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (BSN) program, you’ll gain the practical skills and confidence you need to bring whole-food nutrition and wellness to your community, as well as meet the greater needs of the planet.
Length of Program: 2 years, full time.
Campus: Kenmore, Washington

Program Overview

There are many ways to turn your passion for food, nutrition and the environment into a meaningful, successful profession. As a student in Bastyr’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (BSN) program, you’ll gain the practical skills and confidence you need to bring whole-food nutrition and wellness to your community, as well as meet the greater needs of the planet.

Program Highlights

  • World-class education. A rigorous, science-based curriculum prepares you for a mainstream profession with a natural health perspective. Highly qualified faculty, small class sizes and strong advising programs give you the focused attention you deserve. 

  • Exceptional nutrition facilities. Grow your understanding of nutritional concepts and develop your culinary skills in a fully equipped whole-food nutrition kitchen. Choose from organic, local meals at our whole-food Dining Commons. Help cultivate the University's Medicinal Herb Garden and its 350 species of herbs and seasonal crops. The garden serves as a laboratory for organic, sustainable and renewable agriculture.

  • Additional learning opportunities. You’ll have access to elective classes in other programs, including herbal sciences, naturopathic medicine and health psychology.

  • A diverse student body. Bastyr students draw from across the United States and over 25 other countries.

Career Opportunities

A few ways to turn your calling into a career: 

  • Food consultant with public and private companies and organizations (for example, sports organizations, fitness centers, patients' organizations and associations)
  • Manager of food and meal production in catering companies
  • Information and communication employee in the private and public sectors
  • Health promotion consultant within public and private companies
  • Product developer in the food industry
  • Project manager or project associate
  • Food journalist for digital and print media, magazines and cookbooks
  • Sales consultant (e.g. nutraceutical or supplement industry)
  • Food/diet technician (may require certificate)
  • Food service manager
  • Personal chef/catering manager

See examples of how our graduates use their nutrition degrees. 

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 Nutrition 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.

Curriculum

Bastyr’s innovative Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program provides a comprehensive education in nutritional science with a broad view of wellness, community and the environment. Reference our curriculum table for the number of credits per course, course hours and lecture hours each week.

Through this rigorous nutrition curriculum, Bastyr’s experienced faculty guide students through the physiological, biochemical, socioeconomic, political and psychological dimensions of human nutrition. Expected learning outcomes of graduates can be found in the course catalog

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

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Prerequisites

  • 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 Nutrition program description of the Academic Catalog.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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

Professor Highlights

Professor Highlights: 

Debra A. Boutin, MS, RDN

Portrait of Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD
I am thrilled to be the Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science. Our programs are developed to match the passion you have for whole foods nutrition! I am here to help you decide which of our programs is the best fit for you and your career goals.

Cynthia Bartok, PhD, RD

Cynthia Bartok, PhD, RD
Learning never stops – my time in the classroom is an opportunity to continue to grow and learn as well!
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