Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Food, and Exercise

An undergraduate degree that integrates whole foods nutrition and exercise science.

Nutrition, Foods and Exercise Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Food, and Exercise integrates the sciences of whole foods nutrition and exercise. The curriculum qualifies graduates to apply for certification by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. These national certifications will increase the success of graduates seeking employment with a bachelors degree. 

Start your career immediately upon graduation or pursue graduate training. 

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Program Length

2 years for full-time students


$678/credit hour (average)

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Eligibility to Earn Professional Certifications

Graduates are eligible for a number of professional certifications including the American college of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM-EP) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). These certifications provide a competitive edge in the job market.

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Planning for Graduate School?

The BS Nutrition, Food and Exercise Program provides excellent preparation for graduate programs in exercise science and nutrition including MSNDPD and Ph.D. Graduates of the program also have most of the prerequisites for professional programs including physical therapy and medicine. Students receive excellent faculty advising and mentoring to prepare for their next step.

Nutrition and Exercise Science Course Details

To be admitted to the nutrition and exercise science program at Bastyr University, transfer students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete 90 quarter (60 semester) credits from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent (only courses with a grade of C or higher are transferable).
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and prerequisite GPA of 2.0.
  • Complete the general education and major-based prerequisite courses.

Undergraduate transfer students who complete one of the following transfer degrees will satisfy the general education requirements:

  • Associate of Arts (AA)
  • Associate of Science (AS)
  • Direct Transfer Associate (DTA) [WA state]
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) [CA state]
  • California State University Breadth [CA state]
  • Associate Degree for Transfer [CA state]

Note: Technical degrees, such as Applied Science degrees, will not automatically satisfy the general education requirements. They will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis.

Major-Based Prerequisite Courses

General Cell Biology w/lab (for science majors) - 1 course

General Chemistry w/lab (for science majors) - 2 courses

College Algebra or Statistics - 1 course

Introductory Nutrition - 1 course

General Education Requirements

To see examples of General Education courses, please see General Admissions for Undergraduate students.

Arts and Humanities - 5 courses

English Literature and Composition - 2 courses

Other Courses - 3 courses

Social and Behavioral Sciences - 5 courses

General Psychology -1 course

Public Speaking - 1 course

Other Courses - 3 courses

Natural Science and Mathematics - 5 courses

Major-Based Prerequisite Courses (see list) - 4 courses

Other Course - 1 course

General Electives - 3 courses or more

TOTAL: 90 quarter/60 semester credits

View a list of prerequisite courses available at Bastyr University.

Bastyr accepts graduate and undergraduate transfer credits earned at accredited colleges and universities. Learn what you need to make this process go smoothly.

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  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Corporate wellness director
  • Lifestyle coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Pursue graduate education in a variety of health careers including medicine, physical therapy, and public health