Major in Laboratory Management

Students who have completed the required lower-level coursework for the laboratory management major—either within an Associate of Applied Science degree program at a community college with which UMUC has an articulation agreement or within another appropriate transfer program—may seek an academic major in laboratory management. Students should consult an advisor before electing this major.

The laboratory management major prepares students to manage and coordinate the nontechnical activities that contribute to a safe and well-run laboratory. It builds on the technical and scientific knowledge gained through the associate's degree program and direct experience in the field. The curriculum provides both in-depth study of scientific concepts and procedures and management skills related to inventory, budget, personnel, and operations. It is designed to prepare students to meet employer needs for scientific technicians trained in both the sciences and the management of laboratory activities.

Intended Program Outcomes

The student who graduates with a major in laboratory management should be able to

  • Create a healthy, safe, and productive workplace by effectively and appropriately hiring, training, supporting, and evaluating laboratory personnel.
  • Manage (plan, organize, and direct) the daily work activities of a laboratory setting by working independently and as a member of a team, meeting job expectations, and adhering to organizational policies and goals.
  • Communicate thoughts orally and in writing in a clear, well-organized manner that effectively persuades, informs, and clarifies ideas, information, and lab techniques/procedures to staff, the scientific community, and the public.
  • Practice ethical standards of integrity, honesty, and fairness as a laboratory manager and professional.
  • 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.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Update

Degree requirements are being updated for fall 2015. How does this affect you? Your degree requirements may vary depending on when you start your program.

A degree with a major in laboratory management requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 36 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 43 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 18 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).

Requirements for the Laboratory Management Major

Coursework for a major in laboratory management includes the following lower-level coursework taken as part of an appropriate degree program at an approved community college or other institution:

  • Foundation courses (15 credits, at least 12 of which should be in laboratory science coursework): Chosen from biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology courses
  • Additional required related science coursework (14 credits), which may be applied anywhere in the bachelor's degree

Coursework for a major in laboratory management also includes the following:

Recommended Sequence

The following course sequence will fulfill all the requirements for the BTPS or the BS in laboratory management (if the student selects appropriate courses as part of the transfer coursework). Coursework for the major is indicated by Coursework for the major. Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options.

Laboratory Management Degree Courses

Required Courses from Transfer Institution

  • Coursework for the major Lower-level coursework in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology (15 credits)
  • Additional required science coursework (14 credits)
    (should also fulfill requirements in biological
    and physical sciences)

First Courses (to be taken within the first 18 credits at UMUC if not brought in transfer)

Note: Placement tests are required for math and writing courses. 

  • LIBS 150 Introduction to Research (1) 
  • WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
    or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing (3)   
  • MATH 106 Finite Mathematics (3)
    or a higher-level math course               

Introductory and General Education Courses (to be taken within the first 30 credits) 

  • IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3)
    or CMST 301 Digital Media and Society (3)
  • WRTG 293 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
    or other writing course
  • ECON 103 Economics in the Information Age (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities (3)
    or other arts and humanities course
  • STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics (3)
    (related requirement for the major)
  • BEHS 103 Technology in Contemporary Society (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course (discipline must differ from first)
  • HIST 125 Technological Transformations (3)
    or other arts and humanities/historical perspective course (discipline must differ from other humanities course)
  • COMM 202 Media and Society (3)
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • CMIS 111 Social Networking and Cybersecurity Best Practices (3)
    or other computing course

Required Upper-Level Courses for Major (to be taken after introductory and foundation courses) 

  • WRTG 393 Advanced Technical Writing (3)
    (related requirement for the major; also fulfills the upper-level advanced writing requirement)  
  • Coursework for the major BIOL 325 Inquiries in Biological Science (3) 
  • Coursework for the major BMGT 364 Management and Organization Theory (3)
  • Coursework for the major FINC 331 Finance for the Nonfinancial Manager (3)
  • Coursework for the major NSCI 301 Laboratory Organization and Management (3)
  • Coursework for the major BMGT 317 Decision Making (3)
    or other supplemental major course 

Internship for Major (to be taken in the last 30 credits) 

  • Coursework for the major Internship through Workplace Learning (6)

Minor and/or Elective Courses (33)
(to be taken in the last 60 credits along with required major courses)


Total credits for BS or BTPS in laboratory management: 120

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