129 Credit Hours

The Bachelor of  Science degree program in nutrition is designed to educate a new generation of nutrition practitioner; one capable of providing their clients with an integrative approach to nutrition. As a graduate of HUHS’s B.S. program, you will be well prepared for a 21st century career in clinical practice, or a career in the nutrition and natural products industry. This degree program provides a strong foundation in nutrition and the basic sciences, as well as coursework in current, relevant topics such as Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Nutraceuticals, and Vitamins & Minerals; as well as elective coursework in such diverse areas as Herbal Sciences and Sports Nutrition.

The B.S. degree incorporates all of the courses from the Associate of Science Degree program as well as a significant number of other courses. Upon completion of the B.S. degree, you will have truly achieved an extensive and thorough education in the science of nutrition; including scientifically sound alternate practices in nutrition. To obtain the Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Nutrition a student must complete 42 courses (129 credit hours of study).

Students may transfer credits earned through other colleges or universities accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); or international equivalent; subject to administrative approval. A maximum of 95 credits may be transferred into the Bachelor of Science degree program. Of those 95 credits, no more than 32 credits will be awarded for prior learning experience and/or credit by examination.

Program Objectives:

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills to course work in the health sciences and nutrition.
  2. Apply principles and concepts from the biological, behavioral, and social sciences into decision making in the health sciences and nutrition.
  3. Use mathematical and statistical tools to calculate and analyze nutritional components.
  4. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of general and clinical nutrition to health and disease.
  5. Promote healthy nutrition practices for clients through nutrition counseling.
  6. Support the appropriate and recommended use of broad spectrum dietary supplements.
  7. Assess the eating behaviors of clients and construct appropriate nutrition plans.
  8. Integrate and apply course concepts and principles to support and remediate health and nutrition-related issues among clients.

Bachelor Degree Courses

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition program consists of the following 42 courses:

General Education Courses

Oral & Written Communications — 12 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition 1 (3)
  • ENG102 English Composition 2 (3)
  • COM101 Public Speaking (3)
  • ENG130 English: Reading Enhancement (3)

Humanities –3 credits

  • HUM200 American Character (3)

Mathematics –6 credits

  • MAT210 College Algebra I (3)
  • MAT200 Statistics (3)

Social Sciences –4 credits

  • SSC201 Food and Culture (4)

Behavioral Sciences –3 credits

  • PSY101 Psychology (3)

Other General Education

Elective Courses –9 credits

  • BUS140 Contemporary Marketing (3)
  • BUS142 Managing a Small Business (3)
  • CDV101 Child Development (3)
  • MAT101 Business Mathematics (3)

Other Required Courses

Natural Sciences –19 credits

  • BIO210 Human Biology (3)
  • BIO230 Anatomy and Physiology I (3)
  • BIO231 Anatomy and Physiology II (3)
  • BIO325 Introduction to Microbiology (3)
  • CHE101 General Chemistry (3)
  • CHE201 Organic and Biochemistry (4)

Nutrition Courses

Core Requirements –26 credit hours

  • NUT101 Understanding Nutrition I (3)
  • HEA101 Medical Terminology (2)
  • HEA201 Environmental Challenges & Solutions (3)
  • HEA301 Health & Wellness (3)
  • HEA302 Intro to Complementary & Alternative Medicine (3)
  • HEA401 Pathophysiology I (3)
  • HEA402 Pathophysiology II (3)
  • HEA410 Functional & Clin. Assess. I (3)
  • HEA411 Functional & Clin. Assess. II (3)

Nutrition Major Courses –32 credits

  • NUT102 Vegetarian Nutrition (3)
  • NUT201 Understanding Nutrition II (3)
  • NUT224 Eating Disorders & Weight Management (3)
  • NUT301 Vitamins & Minerals (3)
  • NUT302 Introduction to Nutraceuticals (3)
  • NUT401 Nutrition Counseling Skills (3)
  • NUT403 Geriatric Nutrition (3)
  • NUT410 Nutrition Therapy I (4)
  • NUT411 Nutrition Therapy II (4)
  • CAP500 Capstone project (3)

Nutrition Major Electives –15 credits

  • EXE320 Exercise Physiology (3)
  • HER101 Intro. to Herbal Sciences (3)
  • HER102 Herbs & Body Systems (3)
  • HER103 Into to Traditional Chinese Herbalism (3)
  • NUT220 Sports Nutrition (3)
  • NUT221 Pregnancy, Pediatric& Adolescent Nutrition (3)
  • NUT222 Community Nutrition (3)
  • NUT223 Women’s Spec. Health Concerns (3)
  • NUT225 Current Weight Management Theory & Application (3)
  • NUT402 Clinical Nutrition (3)

Total Credits: 129
Tuition – $34,185*

Academic prerequisites: High School diploma or equivalent, High School Algebra (for College Algebra I course)

* Tuition does not include costs of books and materials which are purchased separately. Note that tuition and fees are subject to change. Students will be notified prior to any tuition changes.

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Certified Sports Nutritionist, and Body Composition Certification

Graduates of the B.S. program are eligible to take the International Society of Sports Nutrition’s (ISSN) national board exam for Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN), and/or ISSN’s national board exam for Body Composition Certification (BCC-ISSN). Choosing HCHS‘s elective courses Sports Nutrition and Exercise Physiology will help graduates to better prepare for the exams. ISSN also recommends other study materials in preparation for taking the exams http://www.sportsnutritionsociety.org/CISSN.html and http://www.sportsnutritionsociety.org/BCC.html).

Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) Examination

Graduates of the A.S. program meet the core education requirements for the Certified Clinical Nutritionist exam through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB). Visit www.cncb.org for eligibility requirements.

Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition

Graduates of the A.S. program will be eligible to apply to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board’s (HNCB) Board Examination. The HNCB is a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). NANP Professional Members who meet the board examination qualification criteria and successfully pass the Board Exam will earn the designation, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.” For more information, including a list of Board Exam eligibility criteria please visit www.holisticnutritionboard.org or contact the HNCB at 916-851-9310 or by email at exam@hncb.org.

Certified Practitioner level membership with the AHMA

Graduates of HUHS‘s A.S. in Integrative Nutrition are eligible to apply for a Certified Practitioner level membership with the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA), which has served and supported physicians and other practitioners since its founding in 1978. AHMA membership is limited to practitioners serving clients across a broad spectrum of holistic healthcare modalities, including those HUHS graduates who intend to work professionally in clinical nutrition.