Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Exercise Science

Quick Facts

General Requirements

  • Completion of the equivalent of two years of college course work
  • 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 

Length of Program

2 years, full-time

Tuition and Financial Aid

Career Opportunities

  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Corporate wellness director
  • Lifestyle coach
  • Personal trainer

See examples of how our graduates use their nutrition and exercise science degrees.

With a few additional courses students can pursue admittance into the following programs:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chiropractor schools
  • Medical schools
  • Nursing programs


This program prepares you for success on the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) certification exams.


Exercise and nutrition are integral to good health. In the nutrition and exercise science degree program, you’ll learn to combine whole-food nutrition with expertise in exercise science and holistic health. You’ll build an in-depth knowledge of the body's physiology and mechanics, as well as an understanding of mind-body wellness and the role of nutrition in health.

By gaining a deep understanding of the impacts proper nutrition and physical activity have on health and wellness, graduates of this program are poised to serve in multiple roles at the forefront of a new health paradigm - one that places emphasis on prevention and well-being.

Program Features

  • Modern Training Facilities - Students develop skills in exercise testing and research in a fully equipped exercise science laboratory. Our modern whole-food nutrition kitchen offers students a place to develop culinary skills and understanding of nutritional concepts.
  • Hands-on Experience - Bastyr has developed relationships with area medical centers, sports medicine clinics and health clubs where students can gain practical working experience.
  • Highly qualified faculty coupled with small class sizes and a strong advising program.
  • Well-Rounded Approach - The curriculum includes courses in exercise physiology and biomechanics, the basic sciences, nutrition, and health psychology, all of which cultivate a robust, nuanced understanding of health and wellness.
  • Fertile Learning Environment - Bastyr's 51-acre campus and the adjacent 316-acre Saint Edward State Park offer athletic fields and miles of hiking, running and biking trails, as well as access to Lake Washington.
  • Active Electives - A variety of classes and clubs allow the exploration of a wide-range of health and fitness activities, including yoga, tai chi, hapkido, belly dancing and aikido.


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Entering undergraduates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 with a grade of C or higher in all basic proficiency and science requirement courses. Exceptional applicants who do not meet these requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Before enrolling, students must have completed 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits), including a minimum number of credits in the basic proficiency, science and general education categories. Surplus credits not used to satisfy basic proficiency or science requirements may be applied to the appropriate general education requirements.

Note: You may apply to the program while completing prerequisite coursework.

Basic Proficiency and Science Requirements

English Literature or Composition9 quarter credits
General Psychology3 quarter credits
Public Speaking3 quarter credits
College Algebra or Statistics4 quarter credits
General Chemistry I & II (science-major level with lab)8 quarter credits
General Cell Biology (science-major level with lab)4 quarter credits
Introductory Nutrition 5 quarter credits

General Education Requirements

Natural sciences8 quarter credits
Arts and Humanities15 quarter credits
Social Sciences15 quarter credits
Electives16 quarter credits The number of elective credits may vary depending upon the exact number of quarter credits earned in the other prerequisite categories. Total prerequisite credits must equal at least 90 quarter credits.

Want to know which classes fulfill these prerequisites? Check these lists:


This table lists the tentative schedule of courses for each quarter. Also included: the number of credits per course (Crdt.), lecture hours each week (Lec.) and lab/clinic hours each week (L/C). Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.

Junior Year (Year I)

QuarterCat. No.Course Title Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.Crdt.Lec.L/C
FallBC3124Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lec/Lab542
 BC3161Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lec/Lab322
 EX4115Motor Learning & Development330
 IS3111Interdisciplinary Experiences in Natural Health Arts & Sciences 1110
 TR4103Whole Foods Production31.53
  Quarterly Total:1511.57
WinterBC3162Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lec/Lab322
 BC4117Biochemistry for Life Sciences 1542
 IS3112Interdisciplinary Experiences in Natural Health Arts & Sciences 2110
 TR3111Nutrition Throughout Life (hybrid online course)330
 BC3113Living Anatomy330
  Quarterly Total:15134
SpringBC3163Anatomy & Physiology 3 Lec/Lab432
 BC4118Biochemistry for Life Sciences 2542
 EX3105Physical Activity & Wellness220
 EX3101Biomechanics 1212
  Quarterly Total:13106

Senior Year (Year II)

QuarterCat. No.Course Title Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.Crdt.Lec.L/C
FallEX4100Physiology of Exercise542
 EX4107Sports Nutrition550
 EX4119Principals of Resistance Training322
 TR4107Advanced Nutrition Principles 1440
  Quarterly Total:17154
WinterEX4105Business Practices in Health Promotion220
 EX4112Seminar in Ergogenic Aids110
 EX4124Exercise Science Lab Techniques204
 TR4100Introduction to Research Methods (hybrid online course)322
 TR4108Advanced Nutrition Principles 2220
 TR4205Nutritional Analysis & Assessment322
  Quarterly Total:1398
SpringTR4117Nutrition, Physical Activity & Disease550
 TR4126Community Nutrition/ Nutrition Education550
 EX4800Exercise/Nutrition Practicum May be taken in any quarter during year two.204
  Quarterly Total:12104

Elective and Activity Requirements

QuarterCat. No.Course Title Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.Crdt.Lec.L/C
variablevariableGeneral Electives General elective courses may be from any program or department. There is also a graduation requirement of Advanced First Aid and CPR.330
  Activity Credits Two one-credit activity courses are required (e.g. tai chi, aerobics, yoga, tennis, etc.).204
  Electives and Activities Totals: 534

Total Requirements

Core Course Credits and Hours8568.533
Elective Credits and Hours534
Total Requirements:9071.537

Expected Learning Outcomes

The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science has established the following expected learning outcomes for all its Bachelor of Science programs:

  • Biological/Medical Sciences
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning
  • Research
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Communication
  • General Health and Wellness
  • Nutrition, Whole Foods and Exercise Science
  • Professionalism
  • Promotion of the University's and the Department's  mission and vision

The attached PDF is the proposed curriculum for students starting in Fall 2019. Please note that changes to the curriculum may still occur before the start of the Fall 2019 academic year. For the 2019-2020 course catalog, click here.

PDF icon 2019-20 BSN.pdf

Professor Highlights

Professor Highlights: 

Cynthia Bartok, PhD, RD

Cynthia Bartok, PhD, RD

Kenmore Campus Location

The 51-acre Bastyr University campus, nestled among fields and woodlands on the northeast shore of Lake Washington, is uniquely suited for the study of natural health sciences.
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