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Admissions Information - Integrated Program

Biochemistry - BIOL 28000 will be offered in Summer 2024
- Online - Synchronous


  • Completion of a Hunter Graduate application.
  • Admission is Fall semester only.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA of at least 3.0 preferred (overall and major).
  • Completion of all prerequisites (minimum 34 credits) by the end of July preceding the Fall semester of expected entry. A 3.3 GPA in all required prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of "B" for Introductory Nutrition and Food Science, and a minimum grade of "C" for all other courses.
    Prerequisites may be taken at a two- or four-year accredited institution, either in a traditional setting or online.
  • TOEFL exam if undergraduate degree is from a country where English is not the official language.
    Minimum score: 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based).
Application Content Submit all application materials to 

Hunter Graduate Admissions:

  1. Hunter Graduate online Application
  2. Electronic official transcript(s) from all institutions of higher learning attended (official transcipt not required if currently attending Hunter)
  3. Statement of interest (500 words maximum)
  4. 2 letters of recommendation
  5. Resume
  6. GRE* scores (Hunter ETS GRE code =2301) and TOEFL scores, if applicable.  *GRE is not a requirement for application or admission to the MS Programs.
Application Deadline
March 1
Non US-institution: Applicants who have completed all or part of their university studies in a non-US institution and/or require student visas must submit their applications by February 1


As a science-based didactic program, the IPND requires a strong foundation in chemistry and the biological sciences. Appropriate science/lab classes are a single semester and often denoted as appropriate for health professions. It is preferred that the two Nutrition (NFS) prerequisite courses be completed at Hunter College or by our Challenge Exam (see below) although this is not required. Please note that you do not need prerequisite courses to be approved in advance. To help as a guide in prerequisite selection, see this course equivalency link showing select institutions previous applicants have attended.

Prerequisite Courses Minimum Credits
General Chemistry (with lab) 4 (1 semester)
Organic Chemistry (with lab) 4 (1 semester)

Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab)**

Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab)**

8 (4 credits each over 2 semesters)
Biochemistry (should have organic chemistry prerequisite)
*Intro to Nutrition (or via Challenge Exam)
*Intro to Food Science (or via Challenge Exam)
Psychology or Sociology or Anthropology or Economics 3
TOTAL Minimum Credits 34 credits

*Introduction to Nutrition (NFS 14100) and Introduction to Food Science I (NFS 13100) can also be taken on a self-study basis, with the "Challenge Exam" option (guidelines below.) NFS 14100 and NFS 13100 are also available at Hunter as online courses. Please see the Hunter College Schedule of Classes

**A 1 (one) semester course in Anatomy with lab (4 credits) plus a 1 (one) semester course in Physiology with lab (4 credits) can be substituted for classes A&P 1 & 2.



The self-study Challenge Exams are offered to establish competency and to fulfil the prerequisite Introduction to Food Science (NFS 13100) and Introduction to Nutrition (NFS 14100) requirements. Those taking the exam must purchase the course textbook, study the material independently, and pass the exam with a minimum 80% score. The cost of each exam is $125.00.

There are no study guides or practice tests available, and the exam is not credit-bearing. Exam takers do not have to be Hunter students. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions.  Those planning to apply to other schools should clarify if they will accept this exam in lieu of registering for these introductory courses.

The Hunter Nutrition Program usually administers the exams 3 times per year, in May, August, and December at the Hunter Silberman Campus, 2180 Third Avenue (at 119th St). To schedule the taking of the exam or for admissions inquiries, please email Nzinga Ajani at

Upcoming dates:

2024 Challenge exam dates May 6,
August 12, December 9

Exam is given 11.00 AM - 1.00 PM,  exam will be an in person exam.

On the day of the exam, if on campus, please bring a check for $125.00 made payable to "Hunter College Nutrition & Food Science," a #2 pencil, and a calculator (calculators are allowed during exam). If exam is given online, we will email you with payment instructions.

Challenge Exam Textbooks
Books can be purchased online from the Hunter College Bookstore and at Barnes & Noble.

·                  Nutrition I / Intro to Nutrition (NFS 14100)

Whitney, E.N., and Rolfes, S.R. Understanding Nutrition, 13th Edition, 2013 (12th edition also acceptable)
Study chapters 1-13 and be prepared for some mathematical calculation questions.


·                  Intro to Food Science (NFS 13100)

McWilliams, M. Food Fundamentals, 10th Edition, Pearson Publishing Co., 2012 (9th edition also acceptable)
Study chapters 1-19 and be prepared for some mathematical calculation questions.


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