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A candidate for the MS degree must possess certain abilities and skills, which include observational, communicational, motor, intellectual-conceptual (integrative and quantitative) and behavioral and social attributes.

  • Observation: The candidate must be able to acquire information as presented through demonstration and experiences in the basic sciences. This includes information conveyed through physiological and pharmacological demonstrations in animals, microbiological cultures and microscopic images of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathological states. Furthermore, a candidate must be able to:
    • Observe experimental results or subjects accurately, acquire information from written documents and visualize information as presented in images from paper, films, slides, video or other forms of modern electronic media.
    • Interpret graphic images and other forms of data readout (such as oscilloscopes, computer screens, gels, etc.) with or without the use of assistive devices.

In any case where a candidate’s ability to observe or acquire information is compromised, the candidate must utilize alternate means to collect and convey the essential information. Obtaining and using such alternate means shall be the responsibility of the student.

  • Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently and sensitively with research subjects, faculty, staff and colleagues.
  • Motor: The candidate must possess the motor skills necessary to design and perform laboratory experiments and statistical analysis of collected data.
  • Intellectual-Conceptual (Integrative and Quantitative) Abilities: The candidate must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize. The candidate must be able to utilize these problem-solving skills in a timely fashion.
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must work to their fullest potential while exercising good judgment. They must be able to function effectively in stressful situations and adapt to changing environments. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities required for a successful scientific career, and are assessed during the admissions and educational process.

If you have any questions about these standards or other policies as they pertain to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the ADA Coordinator and Director, Academic Support at