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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

    • Beginning with fall 2015: minimum high school GPA of 3.0

    Transfer Students

    • Completion of two of the following sciences prior to admission to IUP: CHEM 101 or 111, CHEM 102 or 112, BIOL 105, BIOL 241, BIOL 155

    Change of Major

    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Grade of "C" or higher in all of the following: FDNT 110, FDNT 150, FDNT 151, CHEM 101 or 111, CHEM 102 or 112
    • 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 SAT scores 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 operates under a different pricing structure, which may be viewed on the Academy's website.
    • Students whose SAT scores are below 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.