Students in the Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service program will complete a minimum of 120 units of coursework.

Upper Division Major Courses

MORT 402 C, Funeral Service Standards of Practice, 3 units

Prerequisite: Admission into baccalaureate degree pilot program and completion of MORT 297 C.
Term Hours: 54 lecture
Description: Designed to provide an integrative approach for ongoing development of critical thinking skills, best practices evaluation, and application of skills based competencies. Students will be challenged to integrate their learning from any previous funeral service, mortuary science, or related training and education, past and present work settings as well as life experiences. This process will be facilitated through the development of a professional portfolio, collaborative group learning, class discussions, and the use of blended learning approaches. Recommended: This course should be taken as soon as possible upon acceptance into the baccalaureate degree pilot program. Field trips will be required.

MORT 430 C, Cemetery and Crematory Operations, 3 units

Prerequisite: Admission to baccalaureate degree pilot program and completion of or concurrent enrollment in MORT 402 C, and completion of MORT 297 C.
Term Hours: 54 lecture
Description: This is an advanced course designed for the funeral service practitioner that surveys cemetery and crematory processes necessary with working with a funeral entity as well as examining the legal ramifications and notifications necessary when working with the bereaved families. Field trips will be required. Enrollment limited to those accepted into the baccalaureate degree pilot program.

MORT 450 C, Issues and Trends in Funeral Service, 3 units

Prerequisite: Admission to baccalaureate degree pilot program and completion of or concurrent enrollment in MORT 402 C.
Term Hours: 54 lecture
Description: Selected current issues of importance to the funeral service industry. Emphasis on issues impacting California funeral service practices. Field trips will be required. Enrollment limited to those accepted into the baccalaureate degree pilot program.

MORT 482 C, Clinical Embalming Externship, 4 units

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MORT 402 C.
Term Hours: 18 lecture and 162 laboratory
Description: This course is designed as a culmination of theory, practical knowledge, and applied skills necessary to enhance the dead human remains through the embalming and restoration process. Field trips may be required, not to exceed $50. Enrollment limited to those accepted into the baccalaureate degree pilot program.

MORT 492 C, Funeral Service Externship, 4 units

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MORT 402 C.
Term Hours: 18 lecture and 162 laboratory
Description: This course is designed as a culmination of theory, practical knowledge, and applied skills necessary to enhance memorialization of the dead human remains through the funeralization and disposition process. Field trips may be required, not to exceed $50. Enrollment limited to those accepted into the baccalaureate degree pilot program.

MORT 495 C, Mortuary Jurisprudence, 3 units

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MORT 402 C.
Term Hours: 54 lecture
Description: This course is a continuation of MORT 285 C and provides the funeral service practitioner with a review of sources of law, state and federal laws, and regulations pertaining to funeral service, as well as the legal and ethical aspects of being a licensed cemetery manager and crematory manager. Field trips will be required. Enrollment limited to those accepted into the baccalaureate degree pilot program.

MORT 497 C, Funeral Service Practicum I, 2-12 units

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MORT 402 C.
Term Hours: 18 lecture and 54-594 laboratory
Description: This course provides practical experience in embalming, funeral directing, cemetery operations, and crematory operations in a mortuary/funeral home, cemetery, or crematory environment under the supervision of a licensed funeral service practitioner. It includes active participation in planning and directing of ten or more funerals. This course is one of two capstone courses of the major. It is to be taken only after all other MORT courses have been passed, except co-requisite(s), and is to be taken in the semester prior to graduation. Enrollment limited to those accepted into the baccalaureate degree pilot program.

MORT 498 C, Funeral Service Practicum II, 2-12 units

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MORT 497 C. Continuation of MORT 497 C.
Term Hours: 18 lecture and 54-594 laboratory
Description: This course provides practical experience in embalming, funeral directing, cemetery operations, and crematory operations in a mortuary/funeral home, cemetery, or crematory environment under the supervision of a licensed funeral service practitioner. It includes active participation in planning and directing of ten or more funerals. This course is one of two capstone courses of the major. It is to be taken only after all other MORT courses have been passed, except co-requisite(s), and is to be taken in the semester prior to graduation. Enrollment limited to those accepted into the baccalaureate degree pilot program.

Upper Division General Education Courses

ANTH 308 C, Anthropology of Death for Mortuary Science, 3 units

Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 100 C or ENGL 100 HC.
Term Hours: 54 lecture
Description: This is an upper division intensive writing course intended only for Cypress College Mortuary Science BDP students. (All other students interested in this course should take ANTH 208 C Anthropology of Death). This course is a cross-cultural exploration of the beliefs and practices surrounding death, dying, mourning, and mortuary customs, as well as conceptions of the afterlife, in cultures around the world. An integrated anthropological approach will be taken, including data from archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

COMM 340 C, Communication for Mortuary Science, 3 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 100C or ENGL 100HC with minimum grade of “C.”
Advisory: COMM 100C or COMM 100HC.
Term Hours: 54 lecture
Description: This course provides an integrative overview of communication for students in Mortuary Science. This course is designed to introduce students to advanced theories and principles of communication and to provide practical applications of those concepts. The course focuses on an in-depth utilization of those concepts in various communication settings.

ENGL 310 C, Advanced Writing in the Health Sciences, 4 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 100 C or ENGL 100HC
Term Hours: 72 lecture
Description: This course provides an overview of writing for students in health sciences. It will include effective workplace/professional writing and critical evaluation of discipline specific texts. The class will also include research writing, grant writing, and appropriate documentation skills. This course is designed for science majors. Enrollment limited to those accepted into the baccalaureate degree pilot program.