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Nutrition and Dietetics

Information for Students Who Wish to Transfer into the

Messiah College Department of Nutrition and Dietetics


We welcome students who wish to complete their undergraduate nutrition, food service, or dietetics studies at Messiah College.  However, it is important to recognize that planning ahead is vital for transferring successfully.   Many of the upper level Nutrition and Dietetics courses have required prerequisites and are offered every other year.  Students hoping to transfer to Messiah should follow the Course Scheduling Guidelines for the major they are interested in to ensure that they have completed required courses and prerequisites.   Major course requirements for the first and second years of college are found in the table below.  Transfer students who have not completed the suggested major courses will probably need to take summer courses and/or spend a fifth year in college to complete their major coursework.   



Complete before the start of second year Messiah courses

Complete before the start of the third year Messiah courses

Nutrition and Dietetics

CHEM 105: Gen Chem I*

CHEM 106: Gen Chem II*

NUTR 121:  Food & Food Sci.*

BIOL 185: A&P I*

BIOL 186: A&P II

CHEM 204: Intro to Organic *

NUTR 222: Nutrition Theory*

STAT 269: Intro to Stat.

BUSA 120: Principles of Management

Nutrition Science

CHEM 105: Gen Chem I*

CHEM 106: Gen Chem II*

MATH 111: Calc . I

NUTR 121:  Food & Food Sci.*

BIOL 185: A&P I *

BIOL 186: A&P II

CHEM 309: Organic I*

CHEM 310: Organic II*

NUTR 222 Nutrition Theory*

STAT 269: Intro. To Stat.

*To progress into the upper level courses in this major, these courses must be completed with grades of no less than a C- as well as an average GPA in them of at least 2.500  (2.750 if more than one is transferred to Messiah).


If you want to know how a particular course you have taken will transfer, check the database of transfer course equivalencies.  This database contains courses which have already been approved as the equivalent of specific Messiah courses.  You can also obtain an unofficial transcript evaluation from the transfer student coordinator, when you come for a campus visit.


If you are interested in transferring to Messiah College, use the Admissions web page to connect with the transfer admissions counselor, schedule a visit, and apply.  After you have applied and been accepted to Messiah College, an official transcript evaluation will be done by the Registrar’s Office.  Once you have received this transcript evaluation, contact Kay Witt, Department Chair for advice about planning your course schedule.  To ensure a smooth transition, you should apply to Messiah College at least 5 – 6 months before you plan to enroll in classes.  Unfortunately, students who attempt to transfer in at a late date may find that they are missing needed prerequisites, or that classes they need are filled with continuing students. 


In addition, please be aware that academic rigor and work expectations vary considerably from one college to another.  Students at Messiah College are expected to spend approximately 3 hours per week for each course credit they are taking on their schoolwork – i.e. 36 hours per week for a 12 credit course load.  Due to the academic workload, most Messiah students find it difficult to work more than 10 – 12 hours per week while they are taking classes.   If you need to work much more than this, you should consider being a part-time student. 





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