Technical Standards for Physical Sciences (Associate in Science)

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand nonacademic standards, skills, and performance requirements expected of a student in order to complete this particular curriculum.

If an accommodation is necessary to participate in the program, it is imperative to identify a reasonable accommodations to those students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonableness is determined by Accessibility Resources and the program on a case-by-case basis utilizing the program technical standards. The accommodation needs to be in place prior to the start of the program, or it may delay your ability to start the program. It is the student’s responsibility to contact Accessibility Resources and request accommodations.

Skills Description Specific Examples
Motor Skills Employ sufficient eye and hand coordination to load samples into delicate instrumentation.
Employ sufficient eye and hand coordination to perform basic physical tests.
Ability to perceive hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, or motion/non- motion.
Weighing samples Titrations
Determination of reactions
Vision Be able to differentiate changes in color, texture, and shape for the purpose of laboratory experimentation. Be able to observe color changes in reactions.
Be able to visualize specimens/samples.
Be able to observe colors and textures in minerals.
Be able to use a microscope.
Hearing Be able to articulate and follow written and verbal instructions. Respond to prelab discussions
Respond to instrumentation alarms and monitor signals for laboratory equipment.
Respond to alarms
Technological Perform and understand the operation and manipulation of mechanical equipment Use the small muscle dexterity (or other means) necessary to do such things as gloving and operating controls on laboratory instrumentation.
Operation of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) or Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Microscope Gowning and ungowning for admission to a cleanroom
Communication Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer format. Reading Lab procedures
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data. Comprehend textbook and lab book material at the college level.
Interpersonal Skills Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times Be able to function individually and as part of a team, where appropriate
Environmental Tolerance Be able to tolerate reasonable odors Chemical odors, perfumes
Safety Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.


This document is intended to serve as a guide regarding the physical, emotional, intellectual and psychosocial expectations placed on a student. This document cannot include every conceivable action, task, ability or behavior that may be expected of a student. Meeting these technical standards does not guarantee employment in this field upon graduation. Ability to meet the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for any licensure, certification exam, or successful completion of the degree program.