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Laboratory Management
Bachelor of Science or BTPS

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


The online bachelor’s degree program in laboratory management at University of Maryland Global Campus is the only one of its kind in the state of Maryland. Developed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars to meet growing demand in the industry, this program will help you prepare to coordinate the activities that contribute to a well-ordered laboratory by combining in-depth study of scientific concepts and procedures with hands-on laboratory management exercises.

Program Highlights
  • Develop research: Develop a workload tracking system for laboratory inventory and training.
  • Evaluate processes: Plan, organize, and direct the daily work activities of a laboratory setting.
  • Maintain equipment: Monitor and maintain laboratory-related documentation, equipment, and supplies.
  • Gain leadership skills: Communicate in a clear, organized manner to staff and the scientific community.
  • Proactively solve problems: Compile a laboratory training manual to be used by all new lab employees.
  • Gain hands-on experience: Create a safe and productive workplace by supporting laboratory personnel.
Required Courses

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.


  • (3 Credits, BIOL 325)

  • (3 Credits, BMGT 364)

  • (3 Credits, FINC 331)

  • (3 Credits, NSCI 301)

  • (6 Credits, BIOL 486B), two
    (3 Credits, BIOL 486A) courses, or any internship through Workplace Learning
    You must take this Workplace Learning course concurrently with a new internship or work project related to your academic program. Prior program approval is required.

  • (3 Credits, BIOL 495)
  • Lower-level coursework in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology, or molecular biology, including 12 credits in lab science (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
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

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Workplace learning experience required
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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.

To pursue a major in laboratory management, you must have completed the required lower-level coursework for the laboratory management major—within an Associate of Applied Science degree program at a community college with which UMGC has an articulation agreement, within another appropriate transfer program, or at UMGC. Consult an advisor before electing this major.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Biotechnology
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


With an online bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from University of Maryland Global Campus, you can help find solutions to global issues such as the SARS-COV-2 virus (COVID-19), food insecurity, and bioremediation. This program combines laboratory skills and applied coursework with a biotechnology internship experience and upper-level study. The curriculum, designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, can prepare you for a career in multiple fields including pharmaceuticals, biomedical research, and more.

Program Highlights
  • Develop research: Use scientific, quantitative reasoning and knowledge of biological principles.
  • Evaluate processes: Explore vaccine development from historic and scientific perspectives.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge: Explore genome analysis, evolutionary relationships, and algorithms.
  • Gain leadership skills: Offer technical support, customer assistance, and cost-benefit analyses.
  • Conduct laboratory best practices: Use scientific procedures and emerging technologies to collect data.
  • Proactively solve problems: Apply scientific principles and quantitative methods to solve problems.
Required Courses

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


  • (3 Credits, BIOL 325)

  • (3 Credits, BIOL 350)

  • (3 Credits, BIOL 357)

  • (3 Credits, NSCI 301)

  • (6 Credits, BIOL 486B) or two
    (3 Credits, BIOL 486A) courses
    You must take this Workplace Learning course concurrently with a new internship or work project related to your academic program. Prior program approval is required.

  • (3 Credits, BIOL 495)

Take the following courses (please note that some courses may be required to be taken outside of UMGC prior to your enrollment in the program):


  • (4 Credits, BIOL 230); taken at UMGC or accepted as transfer credit
  • General genetics with genetics laboratory (4 credits); taken outside of UMGC and accepted as transfer credit
  • Biotechnology applications and techniques with laboratory (7 credits), taken outside of UMGC and accepted as transfer credit
    • These 7 credits may be chosen from the following academic areas: biotechnology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, physics, and virology

Related Required Courses

The following required courses may be applied to general education or elective requirements: science coursework in biotechnology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, physics, and virology courses, to total 17 credits

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare to enter the pharmaceutical, agricultural, or biomedical research industries and organizations in the areas of laboratory technology, quality control, assay analysis, chemical technology, and bioinformatics.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend a strong background in biology, chemistry, and math; an understanding of molecular biological techniques; and strong written and verbal communication skills.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Workplace learning experience required
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

To pursue a major in biotechnology, you must have completed the required lower-level coursework for the biotechnology major—within an Associate of Applied Science degree program at a community college with which UMGC has an articulation agreement, within another appropriate transfer program, or at UMGC. Consult an advisor before electing this major.

Coursework does not have to be completed prior to admission, but it must be completed prior to graduation. Transfer coursework must include general microbiology with a microbiology lab (4 credits), general genetics with a genetics lab (4 credits), and biotechnology applications and techniques with a lab (7 credits) chosen from the specific subject areas outlined in the Required Major Courses section.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Biotechnology: Bioinformatics
Master's Specialization

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


Bioinformatics blends biology, computer science, and mathematics in order to analyze the massive quantities of big data being generated today. With an online master’s degree in biotechnology with a bioinformatics specialization from University of Maryland Global Campus, you can prepare to become a qualified bioinformatics professional for public- or private-sector organizations and join the teams doing crucial work in this industry. 

Program Highlights
Required Courses

Initial Requirement


  • (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses


  • (3 Credits, BIOT 640)

  • (3 Credits, BIOT 630)

  • (3 Credits, BIOT 645)

  • (3 Credits, BIOT 643)

Specialization Courses


  • (3 Credits, BIFS 613)

  • (3 Credits, BIFS 614)

  • (3 Credits, BIFS 617)

  • (3 Credits, DBST 651)

  • (3 Credits, BIFS 618)

  • (3 Credits, DBST 652)

  • (3 Credits, BIFS 619)

Capstone Course


  • (3 Credits, BIOT 670I)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a high-demand job in bioinformatics in a public- or private-sector organization. Potential employers include corporate organizations and government agencies as well as academic institutions.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program
  • If you have no prior coursework in statistics, you must take
    (3 Credits, STAT 200) (or equivalent) before taking
    (3 Credits, BIFS 613).
  • If you have no prior coursework in programming, you must take
    (0 Credits, UCSP 635) and
    (0 Credits, UCSP 636) (or equivalent) before taking
    (3 Credits, BIFS 617).
  • Taking
    (0 Credits, UCSP 605) is recommended to help improve writing skills.
Total Program Credits
36
Transfer Credits
Up to 6
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
Tuition Per Credit
  • $514 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements
  • You must complete a molecular biology course, with a minimum grade of C for an undergraduate course or B for a graduate course, to be accepted into this program; upon submission of an official transcript, you may be accepted into the degree program without a molecular biology course, but you must take either a college-level molecular biology course or
    (3 Credits, BIOT 601) before the required program core.
  • If you have no prior coursework in statistics, you must take
    (3 Credits, STAT 200) (or equivalent) before taking
    (3 Credits, BIFS 613).
  • If you have no prior coursework in programming, you must take 
    (0 Credits, UCSP 635) and
    (0 Credits, UCSP 636) (or equivalent) before taking 
    (3 Credits, BIFS 617).
Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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