Program Overview

The biotechnology field has been rapidly expanding over the past decade as advances in medicine, technology, and research have become more extensive. Persons interested in playing a role in this growing and exciting field need a solid background in the sciences and an understanding of the biotechnology field. The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) offers a program to provide that foundation. The program consists of a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology.

This UMUC program prepares students for careers in the biotech industry by combining lab skills, theoretical knowledge, and internship experiences. The courses build off of past (and required) scientific knowledge and dive deeper into biotechnological sciences. Courses cover topics in general biology, chemistry, biotechniques, bioinstrumentation, bioinformatics, and more. Students who go through the program will be well-suited for careers in: pharmaceutical, agricultural, and biomedical research; chemical laboratories; bioinformatics; and more.

Students leave the program with the ability to utilize the scientific method and current technology to conduct effective and safe lab experiments, combine their biotech knowledge and critical thinking skills to solve complex biotech problems, contribute to research, and assist at all levels of the experiment process (from cost-analysis and development to technical support and implementation).

Before students can be accepted into the program, they must complete 15 credits of undergraduate coursework to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts in general microbiology, general genetics, and biotechnology techniques. This requirement can be met through UMUC’s Associate of Applied Science program or other programs. Students are strongly encouraged to contact UMUC faculty to see if credits from other institutions will meet this requirement.

Once the requirements are met, students need to complete 120 credits to earn their degree. Those credits are broken down into major classes (36 credits, including transfers), general education (41), and minor/elective courses (43).  Major classes include Inquiries in Biological Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Life Science Seminar, and internship experiences.

All degree requirements can be completed online. Individuals interested in learning more are invited to contact program faculty.

UMUC was founded in 1947 as a part of the University System of Maryland (USM). The school works to provide a relevant and convenient education for its students, particularly focusing on the needs of working adults.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Students must complete 15 credits of lower-level sciences to join this program. This requirement can be met through UMUC's Associate of Applied Sciences degree program or through transfer credits from other accredited institutions.

    School Overview

    The University of Maryland, University College is a public university that was founded in 1947. The main headquarters of UMUC is in Adelphi, Maryland, a town that borders College Park. UMUC is one of eleven divisions of the University of Maryland and provides quality educational opportunities for primarily non-traditional adult students. UMUC developed as a result of the popularity of evening programs for adults that were offered by the University of Maryland in the 1920’s. The University of Maryland established the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) in 1947, and in 1959 it became the University of Maryland College. The UMUC became an independent university in 1970, and in 1988 it became part of the University System of Maryland.

    The UMUC offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in professional subjects, all of which can be earned online or in hybrid formats. 


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