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 Composition 9 quarter credits
General Psychology 3 quarter credits
Public Speaking 3 quarter credits
College Algebra or Statistics 4 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 sciences 8 quarter credits
Arts and Humanities 15 quarter credits
Social Sciences 15 quarter credits
Electives 16 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)

Quarter Cat. No. Course Title Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog. Crdt. Lec. L/C
Fall BC3124 Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lec/Lab 5 4 2
  BC3161 Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lec/Lab 3 2 2
  EX4115 Motor Learning & Development 3 3 0
  IS3111 Interdisciplinary Experiences in Natural Health Arts & Sciences 1 1 1 0
  TR4103 Whole Foods Production 3 1.5 3
    Quarterly Total: 15 11.5 7
Winter BC3162 Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lec/Lab 3 2 2
  BC4117 Biochemistry for Life Sciences 1 5 4 2
  IS3112 Interdisciplinary Experiences in Natural Health Arts & Sciences 2 1 1 0
  TR3111 Nutrition Throughout Life (hybrid online course) 3 3 0
  BC3113 Living Anatomy 3 3 0
    Quarterly Total: 15 13 4
Spring BC3163 Anatomy & Physiology 3 Lec/Lab 4 3 2
  BC4118 Biochemistry for Life Sciences 2 5 4 2
  EX3105 Physical Activity & Wellness 2 2 0
  EX3101 Biomechanics 1 2 1 2
    Quarterly Total: 13 10 6

Senior Year (Year II)

Quarter Cat. No. Course Title Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog. Crdt. Lec. L/C
Fall EX4100 Physiology of Exercise 5 4 2
  EX4107 Sports Nutrition 5 5 0
  EX4119 Principals of Resistance Training 3 2 2
  TR4107 Advanced Nutrition Principles 1 4 4 0
    Quarterly Total: 17 15 4
Winter EX4105 Business Practices in Health Promotion 2 2 0
  EX4112 Seminar in Ergogenic Aids 1 1 0
  EX4124 Exercise Science Lab Techniques 2 0 4
  TR4100 Introduction to Research Methods (hybrid online course) 3 2 2
  TR4108 Advanced Nutrition Principles 2 2 2 0
  TR4205 Nutritional Analysis & Assessment 3 2 2
    Quarterly Total: 13 9 8
Spring TR4117 Nutrition, Physical Activity & Disease 5 5 0
  TR4126 Community Nutrition/ Nutrition Education 5 5 0
  EX4800 Exercise/Nutrition Practicum May be taken in any quarter during year two. 2 0 4
    Quarterly Total: 12 10 4

Elective and Activity Requirements

Quarter Cat. No. Course Title Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog. Crdt. Lec. L/C
variable variable General Electives General elective courses may be from any program or department. There is also a graduation requirement of Advanced First Aid and CPR. 3 3 0
    Activity Credits Two one-credit activity courses are required (e.g. tai chi, aerobics, yoga, tennis, etc.). 2 0 4
    Electives and Activities Totals: 5 3 4

Total Requirements

  Crdt. Lec. L/C
Core Course Credits and Hours 85 68.5 33
Elective Credits and Hours 5 3 4
Total Requirements: 90 71.5 37

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.

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