In this one-of-a-kind laboratory management program, you'll prepare to coordinate and manage laboratories in rapidly growing biological and technical fields.

University of Maryland University College's program in laboratory management is unique in Maryland: No other university in the state offers a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies in laboratory management. Yet the need within the biotechnology industry for employees with both scientific and management skills is great.

The laboratory management major will help you prepare to coordinate the activities that contribute to a well-ordered laboratory by combining an in-depth study of scientific concepts and procedures with hands-on laboratory management practice.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Laboratory Management Bachelor's Degree

In your courses, you'll build on the technical and scientific knowledge gained through prior study and direct experience in the field. The curriculum provides in-depth study of scientific concepts and procedures as well as management skills related to inventory, budget, personnel, and operations.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Create a healthy, safe, and productive workplace by appropriately hiring, training, supporting, and evaluating laboratory personnel
  • Plan, organize, and direct the daily work activities of a laboratory setting by working independently and as a member of a team
  • Communicate in a clear, well-organized manner that effectively persuades, informs, and clarifies ideas, information, and laboratory techniques and procedures to staff, the scientific community, and the public
  • Practice ethical standards of integrity, honesty, and fairness as a laboratory manager
  • Monitor and maintain laboratory-related documentation, equipment, and supplies necessary for conducting efficient, safe, cost-effective, and hygienic laboratory operations
  • Manage scientific and laboratory practices and procedures by complying with and adhering to national, state, and local standards, policies, protocols, and regulations

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Develop a workload tracking system for laboratory inventory, equipment, and personnel training
  • Critique a case study involving violations of safe practices and breaches with regulatory compliance
  • Compile a laboratory training manual to be used by all new lab employees

Laboratory Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • BIOL 325
  • BMGT 364
  • FINC 331
  • NSCI 301
  • BIOL 486B, two BIOL 486A courses, or any internship through Workplace Learning
  • BIOL 495
  • Lower-level courses in transfer (15 credits); see Program Admission Requirements for more information

Electives

The bachelor's degree in laboratory management requires 43 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

Related requirement of the major: 

  • Additional lower-level coursework (7 credits) in science, completed as part of the associate degree program; see Program Admission Requirements for more information

General Education Requirements

Research Course 

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 393 or other advanced upper-level writing course

Arts and Humanities Courses 

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course 
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • 7 credits of lower-level coursework in biotechnology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, physics, and virology, completed as part of the associate’s degree program
    (related requirement for the major)

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Courses

  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301
  • CMIS 111 or another computing course appropriate to the academic major

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a career in biological or chemical technology, lab management, or project management.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have strong written and verbal communication skills.

Program Admission Requirements

Lower-level coursework must be taken as part of an appropriate degree program at an approved community college or other institution. Coursework does not have to be completed prior to admission, but it must be completed prior to graduation. Coursework must include 15 credits in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology, or molecular biology, including 12 credits in lab science, brought in transfer from the associate's degree program. Additional required science-related coursework (7 credits) may be applied anywhere in the bachelor's degree.

The Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies is only available to students who have completed the required lower-level coursework for the major either within an Associate of Applied Science degree at a community college with which UMUC has an articulation agreement or within another appropriate transfer program. Students should consult an admissions advisor before selecting the BTPS.