The laboratory management program at University of Maryland Global Campus is unique in Maryland: no other university in the state offers a bachelor’s degree program in laboratory management. Yet the need within the biotechnology industry for employees with both scientific and management skills is great.

The Bachelor of Science in laboratory management 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 requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. Read this year's program catalog to see our recommended course sequence for this program. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Laboratory Management Bachelor's Degree

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

Total Credits Required: 120

Please note: Of the 36 credits of coursework required in the major, 15 lower-level credits must be transferred in. See Program Admission Requirements for more information.

Required Major Courses

  • BIOL 325
  • BMGT 364
  • FINC 331
  • NSCI 301
  • BIOL 486B, two BIOL 486A courses, or any internship through Workplace Learning
  • BIOL 495
  • Lower-level coursework in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology, or molecular biology, including 12 credits in lab science, brought in via transfer from an associate degree (15 credits)

Related Required Courses

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • 14 credits of science coursework in biotechnology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, physics, or virology

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

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

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 UMGC has an articulation agreement or within another appropriate transfer program. Students should consult an admissions advisor before selecting the BTPS.