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For Current and Prospective Students

Requirements for Admission

In addition to meeting admission requirements at IUP, the applicant must have local, state, or federal agency/organization authorization certifying student participation in emergency response teams. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure security because of the sensitive nature of some of the course material.

The applicant also must have sufficient preparation in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Preparation should include high school biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Additionally, all students must take a placement exam that has been developed by the WMD-faculty for Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the SDR courses. This placement exam is designed to assess the student’s knowledge of the material in the courses associated with Levels 1, 2, and 3. Each course has questions on the placement exam. Students must attain a score of 80 percent or higher on the questions associated with a course in order to place out of that course. However, the students will not receive credit for a course they don’t have to take. Therefore, they will have to make up the credits by taking another course. The advisors will help the students to select an appropriate course.

Applicants should have prior education and training in domestic preparedness, sample collection and analysis, emergency medicine, and emergency response. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the course material and the need to ensure security, all students who are interested in applying for admission into the B.S. Natural Science with specialization in SDR must be approved by the director of the WMD Programs at IUP prior to submitting an application.

  • Science for Disaster Response Program
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 231
    975 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705-1076
  • Phone: (724) 357-4482
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.