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Dietetics Track: Admission Requirements and Progression

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    The following are the requirements to enter the Dietetics and Culinary Dietetic tracks:

    Entering Freshman

    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0

    Transfer Students

    • Completion of one of the following sciences (or the equivalent) prior to admission to IUP: CHEM 101 or 111, or BIOL 150 or 240

    Change of Major

    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Grade of "C" or higher in all of the following: CHEM 101 (or 111), CHEM 102 (or 112), and a course equivalent to or greater than BIOL 104, 105, or 155.
    • Students who wish to major in the Dietetics track, but do not meet these requirements, may be admitted to the Nutrition Track and change their major to the Dietetics Track when the conditions listed above are met.

    The Culinary Dietetics Track allows students to combine academic preparation in nutrition with extensive hands-on learning experiences in culinary arts by one of two routes:

    • Students who meet admission requirements for the Dietetics track may enter the department as freshman through the Culinary Dietetics track. They transfer to the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts, located in Punxsutawney, for their sophomore year, and return to the department for their junior and senior years. The required culinary externship is completed during the summer between their junior and senior years. Students apply to the Academy of Culinary Arts at the beginning of the second semester of the freshman year; a personal visit to the Academy is required. Note that the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts has a different pricing structure, which may be viewed on the Academy's website.
    • Students who do not meet admission standards for the Dietetics track or who have earned a culinary certificate at any accredited culinary arts program may enter the department through the Nutrition track and change their major to Culinary Dietetics after they have completed the following requirements:
      • Grade of C or higher in CHEM 101 or 111 and FDNT 110
      • GPA of 3.0

    The Culinary Dietetics track applies the same admission and progression policies as the Dietetics track and follows the same Food and Nutrition Department Undergraduate Handbook.