My academic career had a few rough starts before I got into the right program and figured my life out. I started out in the wrong major and was struggling with some mental health issues which are now well-managed. My grades were really bad before I got on track, but once I got things figured out and started on my current degree I did much better.
My overall GPA is a 2.31, which I'd definitely leave off my resume. However, if you only look at classes which apply to my current degree, my GPA is a 3.68. My official transcript doesn't differentiate between the two, but my school's academic tracking system does.
Is it acceptable to put the higher GPA on my resume and/or job applications? Should I mark it differently than just "GPA" (e.g. "degree GPA" or "program GPA")? Am I better off just leaving the GPA off entirely? If asked about it, I'd be happy to talk about my experience in an interview, and I don't see this being a problem for finding a job. After all, I did very well in classes related to the career I'm pursuing. However, I don't want to be seen as deceptive or violate norms and conventions with resumes.
EDIT: Part of this question that I should call out with further emphasis: At least a few job applications I've filled out so far have asked for my GPA, and in at least one case that was a mandatory field I couldn't leave blank. So even if I decide not to put it on a resume, I still need to know if it's okay to use the 3.68 number on a job application.