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Academic and Technical Standards

Academic requirements

The M.S. in biomedical sciences degree requires 40 credit hours to complete; 25 credit hours of coursework and 15 credit hours of research. To stay in good academic standing, students must maintain an 80 percent average in all of their coursework. Following the completion of their classes and research, all students must successfully write and defend their thesis. This program is designed to be completed in two years.

Technical standards for admission and matriculation

A candidate for the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree must have abilities and skills in five areas: observation; communication; motor; intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and behavioral and social. While the University is committed to complying with the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act, certain minimum technical standards must be present in all students seeking a Master of Science. Reasonable accommodations will be provided when supported with appropriate documentation but in all cases, students must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. Students must comply with these technical standards in order to fulfill the terms for academic promotion as defined in the Student Handbook.

 1. Observation: Candidates and students must have sufficient vision to be able to observe demonstrations, experiments and laboratory exercises in the basic sciences.

 2. Communication: Candidates and students should be able to speak, hear, observe, and understand the English language in classroom and laboratory settings. They must also be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with classmates and faculty.

 3. Motor: Candidates and students should have sufficient motor function to execute movements reasonably required in a classroom or laboratory setting.

 4. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: Candidates and students must be able to concentrate, analyze and interpret data and make decisions within areas in which there is a reasonable amount of visual and auditory distraction. They must also perform these functions in a timely manner.

 5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: Candidates and students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all responsibilities. Candidates and students must be able to tolerate physically taxing and stressful workloads; adapt to changing environments; display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in graduate research; and to be free of impairment due to substance abuse. Integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and educational processes. Students must be accepting and non-judgmental of individuals whose spiritual beliefs, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or sexual orientation differ from their background.