Now more than ever, people are looking for herbal remedies and natural products. Modern medicine is informed by nature, and the evidence is growing all around us. Which remedies are based in science, and which aren’t? You’ll study plants root to leaf and learn the history and culture behind their use.
Graduates of this program are prepared to enter the herbal products field directly as botanical medicine experts or can go on to pursue further education in related areas. You’ll bridge the gap between traditional herbal wisdom and evidence-informed science.
2 years, full time
$673/credit hour (average)
partnerships for studying abroad opportunities
Annual Growth in the Herbal Industry
number of species of herbs from Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic, and First Nations traditions growing in the Bastyr Gardens
A Vibrant Campus Life
Nestled amongst a 51-acre temperate rainforest, the Bastyr University community is like no other. Surround yourself with other natural health enthusiasts as a resident of the Student Village, or join a club featuring activities such as yoga, tai chi, hapkido, belly dancing and aikido.
State-of-the-art Herb Garden and Teaching Greenhouse
The Bastyr Gardens feature more than 350 species of herbs from Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic, and First Nations traditions. The campus gardens and greenhouse gives you the opportunity to grow herbs year-round, harvest herbs for classroom study or to make herbal products, and even to fulfill relevant work-study hours.
ND, RH (AHG)
Dr. Dazey is a core faculty member in the Department of Botanical Medicine. She sees patients in her private practice at Green Bean Natural Health in Monroe, Washington. She is a registered…
Caitlin is a permaculture designer who strives to help connect humans to the environment. Prior to her work at Bastyr, she directed the educational programming for the 176 community…
Kaleb C. Lund
Dr. Lund has a strong background in chemistry and toxicology and applies these sciences to his current passion - botanical medicine. His interests lie in the chemical and ecological…
Dr. Yarnell graduated from Bastyr University in 1996 and has been in practice ever since. He is former chair of botanical medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (now Sonoran…
General Cell Biology w/lab (for science majors) - 1 course
General Chemistry w/lab (for science majors) - 2 courses
College Algebra - 1 course
General Education Requirements
Arts and Humanities - 5 courses
English 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 - 4 courses
Other Course - 1 course
General Electives - 3 courses or more
TOTAL 90 quarter/60 semester credits
Bastyr accepts graduate and undergraduate transfer credits earned at accredited colleges and universities. Learn what you need to make this process go smoothly.
- Herbal industry representative, consultant, formulator, manufacturer, or manager
- Quality assurance specialist
- Teacher/instructor at an herbal school
- Production and processing specialist
- Herb cultivator or wildcrafter
- Work in the health/wellness/supplements/cosmetics industry
- Preparation for graduate studies in natural medicine, ethnobotany, acupuncture and East Asian, phytotherapy, botany, horticulture, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, medicine, nursing, or nutrition
About the Seattle, Washington Campus
Description: The 51-acre Bastyr University campus is uniquely suited for the study of natural health sciences. Nestled among woodlands on the northeast shore of Lake Washington, the 186,000-square-foot campus complex is located 10 miles northeast of Seattle in Kenmore, Washington.