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Throughout the ACHS Bachelor of Science in Holistic Nutrition (BSHN) program, students learn to integrate modern science with holistic nutrition principles. After exploring biological sciences such as anatomy, physiology, psychology, biology and chemistry, students delve into the scientific world of holistic nutrition. ACHS offers a hands-on approach to learning—many classes include practical lab kits, which students use to explore concepts related to nutrition.
Graduates will learn how to gather nutrition information, evaluate that information, and develop customized nutritional suggestions and protocols for individuals and communities alike. The holistic nutrition program emphasizes evaluation of the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—while developing diverse perspectives on wellness.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition or dietetics, you should consult with the appropriate state board to assure that your credentials will allow you to achieve your professional goals. Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics and nutrition services. You can also view more information online here. Please note this degree does not satisfy the requirements to become a CHES Health Educator at this time.1
 Please note: In addition to completing this program, documentation of 500 hours (includes a minimum of 250 direct contact hours and up to 250 indirect contact hours) of professional experience in holistic nutrition is also required. NANP also offers an exception for new graduates that defers these requirements for two years if the exam is taken within 12 months of graduation. Please visit https://achs.edu/alumni/professional-exams-registration for more information or contact https://www.nanp.org/board-exam-eligibility.
This program is designed to meet all requirements of an undergraduate bachelor of science degree. Credits are completed in the following areas:
Your advisor will work with you prior to enrollment to prepare your academic plan for this program including your eligible transfer of credit and opportunities to challenge courses by exam. Our guided pathways are developed by ACHS faculty, subject matter experts, and your advisor and are designed with your success in mind! Chat with an advisor today and learn more!
English Composition: Students must complete at least 6 semester credit hours (SCH) of English composition or equivalent OR Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC)-approved writing courses; testing options also available.
General Education: Requires 30 SCH of general education made up of the 1-year undergraduate English composition requirement and 24 SCH in the liberal arts & sciences, including six SCH in: humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
Science Core Requirements: A science degree, the B.S. requires one academic year in the social or natural sciences (i.e., 30 semester credit hours), of which 12 can be in mathematics and state-approved computer courses.
Major Core Requirements: The degree requires distinct specialization (i.e., a “major”), which entails approximately 30 semester credit hours in the main subject, with 20 semester credit hours in upper division:
Electives or Specialization Track: To complete this program, students may select a specialization track or 30 credits of elective study.
Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.