An undergraduate dietetics student is promoting his nutrition research.
Final Research Project Presentation in Senior Seminar Class.
Dietetic Internship Class of 2019
Graduate students working in Food and Nutrition department computer lab.
Preparing food in Experimental Foods Lab
Students preparing food in quantity foods management class.
Health Huts to Go Presentation in residence halls as part of a Community Nutrition course.
Professor Hsiao with undergraduate students, dietetic interns and alumni at networking dinner at FNCE in Philadelphia, Pa in October 2019.
Dietetic interns demonstrate how to prepare quick healthy snacks for IUP community during a Lunch and Learn Series.
Class of 2019 standing on steps of Sutton Hall
Dietetic intern promoting Nutrition Connection at IUP Health Fair.
Graduate assistant at Dietetic Internship Recruitment Fair at Penn State University
Undergraduate student measuring ingredients in Experimental Foods class
Measuring out exact portion sizes during quantity foods management class
Senior Seminar Final Research Project Presentation
National Nutrition Month Crock Pot Cook-Off 2017
Nutrition Connection office located in the Center for Health and Well-Being
Members of the student group, SAND, providing food samples and nutrition education at Indiana Farmers Market
Choosing healthy foods can be fun!
Nutrition and nursing students participating in simulation lab.
Dietetic intern proving nutrition education to student athlete
SAND member prepping food for community event
Dietetic interns teaching a swimmer the importance of proper fueling for optimal performance
Students in a medical nutrition therapy class practice clinical nutrition in a simulation lab
What are the admission requirements to become a nutrition major?
What is the format of the classes offered by the Department of Food and Nutrition?
During the fall and spring semesters, the majority of nutrition courses are offered in-person, with some online courses. Summer and winter sessions courses are typically offered online. Class sizes range from eight to 45 for major classes. We emphasize practical application of food and nutrition concepts by engaging students in active learning through laboratory, simulation and other hands-on experiences.
Is is possible to pursue a second major with your degree curriculum? What other majors complement a nutrition degree?
Students in the Nutrition or Dietetics track are encouraged to consider a second major (or minor). The additional coursework may require dietetics students to stay for additional semester(s). Nutrition track students have available credits to accommodate a second major within degree requirements. Here is a list of possible majors that complement a nutrition degree:
Can a student add a minor? What minors complement a nutrition degee?
Any nutrition student can add a minor to allow them to be more competitive after graduation. Here is a list of a few possible minors:
Is there an undergraduate internship requirement for the major? Where do students usually gain that experience?
For Nutrition Track students, there is a three-credit undergraduate internship requirement (equals 120 hours). Students typically do the undergraduate internship the summer after their sophomore or junior year. Undergraduate food and nutrition internships may be found in settings that include hospitals, nursing homes, food service, schools, camps, and community organizations.
What type of volunteer work or outside work experience is recommended for nutrition students to be competitive after graduation?
In order for a student to be more competitive after graduation, it is recommended that students obtain professional experiences and leadership opportunities during their time as an undergraduate.
What job opportunities are available to students who graduate with a nutrition degree? What jobs are easily attainable to recent graduates? What is the job outlook in this field?
There are many opportunities open to students who graduate with a bachelor of science in nutrition. Some careers may require one to be credentialed as a registered dietitian, others may not. Here is a list of potential careers.
Armed Forces dietitian
Food product developer
Extension nutrition educator
Public health nutritionist
Clinical trial coordinator
Grocery store nutritionist
Food service director
Food product marketing specialist
Medical nutrition therapy dietitian
Restaurant chain manager
Health insurance specialist
Family and Consumer Science teacher
Certified dietary manager, certified food protection professional
Health and wellness coach
What if a student would like to combine a nutrition degree with other career goals?
Having a bachelor of science in nutrition is a stepping stone to a variety of other professional. Most will require more education either at the undergraduate or graduate level. Here is a list of potential careers:
What is the average entry-level salary for recent graduates?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, the medium annual wage for dietitians and nutritionists was $60,270 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $84, 610.
In May 2018, the median annual wages for dietitians and nutritionist in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
What is the daily life of a professional in this field?
The Department of Food and Nutrition has collected many alumni stories that are featured in the A Day in the Life series. Their stories will provide you a glimpse of a typical day for professionals in a variety of careers.
How do undergraduate students take graduate-level courses?
You do this by completing the Undergraduate Application for Graduate Coursework form. The policy states: “IUP undergraduate students with an academic grade point average of at least 2.6 who are within 32 semester hours of graduation are permitted, after receiving appropriate approvals, to take up to six semester hours of graduate work whether or not they have applied for acceptance into an IUP graduate program.
“Graduate hours so earned have no necessary bearing upon the meeting of undergraduate degree requirements, and no assurance is given or implied as to their later applicability toward graduate degrees should the students be admitted to IUP graduate programs. Should these credits later be approved toward a graduate degree program, they will be treated as transfer credits.”
Note: Graduate credits earned and applied toward an undergraduate degree cannot also be applied toward a graduate degree.
As an undergraduate student, can a student take classes now that will count toward a master of science in food and nutrition?
Yes! IUP’s Early Admission program is designed for highly motivated and successful IUP undergraduates who wish to continue their studies in a graduate program at the university.
Applicants must have at least a 3.25 GPA to be considered for early admission, and must have completed at least 15 credit hours in their undergraduate major. More information is available at Early Admission to Graduate Programs.
I am a Nutrition Track student and want to change to Dietetics. Are there prerequisites?
I need to repeat a course and I need a Course Repeat Form. What is the process involved to repeat a course?
I’d like to apply for a course substitution. What is the process?
What is the process for course withdrawal?
I'd like to take more than 17 credits. What is the process to exceed the usual maximum academic load?
I think the grade I received in a course was inaccurate or unfair. What do I need to do to get a grade changed?
How do I apply for graduation?
Students apply for graduation online using MyIUP.
For information on academic policies, affirmative action, campus regulations, the IUP judicial system, sexual harassment policy, Indiana Borough and state laws, and more, see the
Source, the IUP student handbook.