Dietetics Track: Admission Requirements

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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

    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Earn a “C” or better in one of the following courses (or the equivalent) prior to admission to IUP: CHEM 101 or 111; BIOL 150 or 240

    Change of Major from Another IUP Major

    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Grade of “C” or higher in CHEM 101 (or 111) and CHEM 102 (or 112)
    • Grade of “C” or higher in one course equivalent to or higher than IUP courses BIOL 104, BIOL 105, BIOL 150, or BIOL 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.

    Change of Major from Nutrition Track to Dietetics Track

    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Grade of “C” or higher in FDNT 110, 150, 151, CHEM 101 (or 111), and CHEM 102 (or 112)

    Culinary Dietetics Track

    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:

    • Entering freshmen who meet admission requirements for the Dietetics track may enter the department 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.
    • Entering freshmen 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:
      • Minimum GPA of 3.0
      • Grade of “C” or higher in CHEM 101 (or 111) and CHEM 102 (or 112)
      • Grade of “C” or higher in one course equivalent to or higher than IUP courses of BIOL 104, BIOL 105, BIOL 150, or BIOL 155

    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.