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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 40 courses (120 credit hours of study).

Quick Facts

Total Credits: 120
Transfer Credits Allowed: 90
Cost of Tuition per Credit: $318.00
Total Tuition of Program: $38,160

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.

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 90 credits may be transferred into the Bachelor of Science degree program. Of those 90 credits, no more than 30 credits will be awarded for  credit by examination.

Program Outcomes:

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.
Program Information

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 HUHS‘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 and

Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) Examination

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

Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition

Graduates of the B.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 or contact the HNCB at 916-851-9310 or by email at

Certified Practitioner level membership with the AHMA

Graduates of HUHS‘s B.S. in 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.

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

Oral & Written Communications (12 credits)

  • ENG101 English Composition I (3)
  • ENG102 English Composition II (3)
  • COM101 Public Speaking (3)
  • ENG130 Critical Thinking (3)

Humanities (3 credits)

  • HUM200 American Character (3)

Mathematics (6 credits)

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

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)

Behavioral and Social Sciences (6 credits)

  • SSC201 Food and Culture (3)
  • PSY101 Psychology (3)

General Elective Courses (9 credits)

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

Core Requirements (23 credit hours)

  • HEA101 Medical Terminology (2)
  • HEA201 Environmental Challenges and Solutions (3)
  • HEA301 Health and Wellness (3)
  • HEA302 Intro to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (3)
  • HEA401 Pathophysiology I (3)
  • HEA402 Pathophysiology II (3)
  • HEA410 Functional and Clinical Assessment I (3)
  • HEA411 Functional and Clinical Assessment II (3)

Nutrition Major Courses (30 credits)

  • NUT101 Understanding Nutrition I (3)
  • NUT102 Vegetarian Nutrition (3)
  • NUT201 Understanding Nutrition II (3)
  • NUT224 Eating Disorders and Weight Management (3)
  • NUT301 Vitamins and Minerals (3)
  • NUT401 Nutrition Counseling Skills (3)
  • NUT403 Geriatric Nutrition (3)
  • NUT410 Nutrition Therapy I (3)
  • NUT411 Nutrition Therapy II (3)
  • CAP500 Capstone project (3)**

Nutrition Major Electives (12 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 and Adolescent Nutrition (3)
  • NUT222 Community Nutrition (3)
  • NUT223 Women’s Special Health Concerns (3)
  • NUT302 Introduction to Nutraceuticals (3)
  • NUT402 Clinical Nutrition (3)
Capstone Project Learning Objectives

**At completion of the Capstone Project, the student will be able to:

  • Propose and implement a project designed to solve a problem or address an issue related to nutrition.
  • Conduct an in-depth exploration of a nutrition-related topic of interest.
  • Compile a list of professional resources related to the topic.
  • Write a formidable research paper that reflects current knowledge and practice.
  • Recommend research implications and professional applications.
  • Reflect on the capstone experience and its impact on your own professional growth.
  • Create a presentation for a professional audience.

Total Credits: 120

Please do note that none of our programs are intended to lead towards a Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.

Please see our Registered Dietitian Disclosure.

Since there are states and/or countries that have regulations as to the educational requirements and use of various occupational titles, we suggest that you check with your state to see if there are any applicable regulations. Students are responsible for determining if their country or state has any requirements with regards to providing nutrition counseling or services.

In any case, the use of “Registered Dietitian” or “Dietitian” are restricted to those individuals who met the credentialing requirements of the American Dietetic Association.


The American Nutrition Association® (Formerly the Center for Nutrition Advocacy®) is an excellent resource for those interested in pursuing a career in Nutrition.

The Council of Holistic Health Educators is an excellent resource for those interested in pursuing a career in Nutrition.