University of Maryland-University College
As the fields of medical research and biotechnology continue to expand, the need for persons to maintain and manage the research labs will correspondingly grow. These managers need a unique combination of science knowledge, research skills, and management understanding. The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) provides students with this combination of skills with its Bachelor's Degree in Laboratory Management (LM).
Prior to students entering the LM program, they must first demonstrate knowledge in a variety of sciences as the program builds off of this base. Students need to have completed a minimum of 15 credits of biochemistry, biotech, chemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology classes, 12 of which must be lab based. This requirement can be met through the completion of UMUC's Associate in Applied Sciences program or through transferring in the credits from another accredited institution.
With the prerequisites met, students can enter the LM program. The program prepares students to manage and coordinate the non-technical activities that make up a well-run lab. The courses bring a unique blend of in-depth science concepts with business, management, and finance skills like budgeting, inventory, and personnel. Students will leave the program with the skills needed to manage a variety of lab settings. The outcomes of the LM program include the ability to create a safe and productive workplace through successful hiring, training, and procedure development. Students will be able to monitor and maintain lab documents and equipment, know and adhere to safety procedures and protocol, and manage the daily procedures in the lab.
All students must complete 120 credits to earn their degree. Those credits are broken down into major classes (36 credits), general education requirements (41), and minor/elective courses (43). As mentioned, major classes are comprised of a blend of both biology and biotech courses with business and management development courses. One such course is Finance for Non-financial Managers. This degree's courses and requirements can be completed online. Persons interested in pursuing this degree are strongly encouraged to contact program faculty to learn more about the program requirements.
UMUC was founded in 1947 as a part of the University System of Maryland. The school places a strong emphasis on creating convenient and relevant programs, particularly focusing on making their programs as accessible for working adults as possible.
Degree Level: Bachelor Completion
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Students need to have completed a minimum of 15 credits of biochemistry, biotech, chemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology classes, 12 of which must be lab based. This requirement can be met through the completion of UMUC's Associate in Applied Sciences program or through transferring in the credits from another accredited institution.
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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