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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2013
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 85
  • This program requires summer terms.
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  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The Program of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota, established in 1908, was the first program of its kind to be organized at a state university. For detailed information, please visit the program's website (www.mortuaryscience.umn.edu), or contact the program office 612-624-6464. Accreditation: The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program with a major in mortuary science at the University of Minnesota is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org. The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE Web site (www.abfse.org). Mission: Funeral directors are health care professionals who serve others during a time of loss, pain, and grief. The mission of the program is to skillfully combine the study of behavioral, physical, and applied sciences for the goal of preparing graduates for careers as knowledgeable, skilled, and innovative funeral service professionals. Program graduates will be prepared to serve bereaved members of their communities in a manner that is proficient, dignified, and caring. Aims: The Program of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota states as its central aims the recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as: 1. members of a human services profession; 2. members of the community in which they serve; 3. participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession; 4. professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice; 5. professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains. Objectives: The program recognizes an obligation to students, the profession, and the community. Its objectives have been adopted by the Program's Advisory Board and conform with the accreditation standards set forth by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. The objectives of the program are: 1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession; 2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession; 3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large; 4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct; 5. To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction; 6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service; 7. To encourage faculty and students to be advocates for the profession of funeral service.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 60 credits before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Upon admission, students are required to submit proof of certain immunizations and vaccinations. Students must submit a professional statement and two letters of recommendation as part of the admission process. Criteria for the essay and letters of recommendation are available on the program's web site: www.mortuaryscience.umn.edu.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Pre-Mortuary Science Courses
Students usually enter the program at the beginning of their junior year. Freshmen and sophomores are urged to contact the program office for counsel in planning an appropriate preprofessional program. The following courses are required for admission to the B.S. program (except PUBH 3001 and PHAR 1002, which are not required but strongly recommended).
BIOL 1001 - Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 2002 {Inactive} [BIOL] (6.0 cr)
BIOL 2003 - Foundations of Biology for Biological Sciences Majors, Part II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1015 - Introductory Chemistry: Lecture [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1017 - Introductory Chemistry: Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
PSTL 1135 {Inactive} [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or ANAT 3001 - Human Anatomy (3.0 cr)
or ANAT 3601 - Principles of Human Anatomy (3.0 cr)
or ANAT 3611 - Principles of Human Anatomy (3.0 cr)
ACCT 2050 - Introduction to Financial Reporting (4.0 cr)
COMM 3402 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3.0 cr)
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology [SOCS, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
WRIT 1301 - University Writing (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3272 - Applied Biostatistics (4.0 cr)
or EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or EPSY 5261 - Introductory Statistical Methods (3.0 cr)
or PSTL 1004 {Inactive} [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or SOC 3811 - Social Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 1001 - Introduction to the Ideas of Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement
Applicants must provide the program with two letters of recommendation and a personal statement as part of the application process. Criteria for the letters of recommenation and personal statement are found on the program's Web site: www.mortuaryscience.umn.edu.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
60 credits of upper division coursework are required. Students must take the National Board Examination of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards as a requirement for graduation, as per American Board of Funeral Service Education Accreditation Standard 11.5.
Junior Year Courses
MORT 3014 - Funeral Service Rules and Regulations (2.0 cr)
MORT 3018 - Funeral Service Practice I (3.0 cr)
MORT 3021W - Funeral Service Psychology and Arrangements Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
MORT 3171 - Human Anatomy Laboratory (2.0 cr)
MORT 3371 - Death, Dying and Bereavement Across Cultures and Religions (3.0 cr)
MORT 3049 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
MORT 3050 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
MORT 3065 - Embalming Chemistry (2.0 cr)
PHAR 1002 - Medical Terminology (2.0 cr)
PUBH 3001 - Personal and Community Health (2.0 cr)
Senior Year Courses
MORT 3016 - Funeral Service Marketing and Merchandising (3.0 cr)
MORT 3025 - Business Law (3.0 cr)
MORT 3051 - Restorative Art (2.0 cr)
MORT 3061 - Embalming Theory (3.0 cr)
MORT 3151 - Restorative Art Laboratory (1.0 cr)
MORT 3161 - Embalming Laboratory (1.0 cr)
MORT 3012W - Organization and Management of Funeral Business [WI] (3.0 cr)
MORT 3019 - Funeral Service Practice II (3.0 cr)
MORT 3022W - Funeral Service Arrangements Laboratory [WI] (4.0 cr)
MORT 3031 - Funeral Service Law (2.0 cr)
MORT 3379 - Clinical Funeral Service Rotation (1.0-6.0 cr)
Senior Year Summer Courses
MORT 3379 - Clinical Funeral Service Rotation (1.0-6.0 cr)
After January 1, 2004, each accredited program in funeral service education must require that each funeral service student take the National Board Examination (NBE) as a requirement for graduation. (ABFSE Accreditation Standard 11.5)
 
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BIOL 1001 - Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 1001/Biol 1001H/Biol 1003
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
A one-semester exploration of the genetic, evolutionary, and ecological processes that govern biological diversity from populations to ecosystems. We explore how these processes influence human evolution, health, population growth, and conservation. We also consider how the scientific method informs our understanding of biological processes. Lab. This course is oriented towards non-majors and does not fulfill prerequisites for allied health grad programs.
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 1009/Biol 1009H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
A comprehensive introduction to biology - includes molecular structure of living things, cell processes, energy utilization, genetic information and inheritance, mechanisms of evolution, biological diversity, and ecology. Includes lab. This comprehensive course serves as a prerequisite and requirement in many majors.
BIOL 2003 - Foundations of Biology for Biological Sciences Majors, Part II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 2003/Biol 2003H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Second of two courses. Biological concepts, from biomolecules to ecosystems. Ecology/biochemistry concepts within problem solving/application.
CHEM 1015 - Introductory Chemistry: Lecture (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 1011/Chem 1015
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Matter/energy, atoms, compounds, solutions, chemical reactions, mole/chemical calculations, gases, liquids, solids, chemical bonding, atomic/molecular structure, acids, bases, equilibria. Physical/chemical properties of hydrocarbons and organic compounds. Problem solving. prereq: [High school chemistry or equiv], two yrs high school math, not passed chem placement exam, high school physics recommended; Students who will go on to take CHEM 1061/1065 should take CHEM 1015 only. Students who will NOT be continuing on to CHEM 1061/1065 and need to fulfill the Physical Science/Lab core requirement need take the 1-credit lab course CHEM 1017 either concurrently or consecutively. This course will NOT fulfill the Physical Science/Lab core requirement unless the CHEM 1017 lab course is completed either concurrently or consecutively.
CHEM 1017 - Introductory Chemistry: Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: [1015 or &1015], %; credit will not be granted if credit received for: 1011; CHEM 1017 is a 1-credit lab-only course. This course is not intended for students who are planning to take CHEM 1061/1065. Intended only for students who need the course to fulfill the Physical Science/Lab requirement, and are taking CHEM 1015 either concurrently or consecutively. This course will NOT fulfill the Physical Science/Lab core requirement, unless CHEM 1015 is completed either concurrently or consecutively.; meets Lib Ed req of Physical Sciences)
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Organic chemistry. Matter/energy, atoms, compounds, solutions, chemical reactions, mole/chemical calculations, gases, liquids, solids, chemical bonding, atomic/molecular structure, acids, bases, equilibria. Physical/chemical properties of hydrocarbons and organic compounds containing halogens, nitrogen, or oxygen. Problem solving. prereq: [1015 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1015], dept consent; credit will not be granted if credit received for: 1011; CHEM 1017 is a 1-credit lab-only course. This course is not intended for students who are planning to take CHEM 1061/1065. Intended only for students who need the course to fulfill the Physical Science/Lab requirement, and are taking CHEM 1015 either concurrently or consecutively. This course will NOT fulfill the Physical Science/Lab core requirement, unless CHEM 1015 is completed either concurrently or consecutively.; meets Lib Ed req of Physical Sciences)
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 1061/Chem 1071H/Chem 1081
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Atomic theory, periodic properties of elements. Thermochemistry, reaction stoichiometry. Behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. Molecular/ionic structure/bonding. Organic chemistry and polymers. energy sources, environmental issues related to energy use. Prereq-Grade of at least C- in [1011 or 1015] or [passing placement exam, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065]; intended for science or engineering majors; concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065; registration for 1065 must precede registration for 1061
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 1065/Chem 1075H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Experimental design, data collection and treatment, discussion of errors, and proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1061
ANAT 3001 - Human Anatomy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anat 3001/Anat 3611/Anat 3601
Typically offered: Every Fall
Anatomical relationships. Function based upon form. Clinical applications. Gross (macroscopic) anatomy, histology (microscopic anatomy). Neuroanatomy (nervous system), embryology (developmental anatomy). prereq: [BIOL 1002W or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2002 or equiv], at least soph
ANAT 3601 - Principles of Human Anatomy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anat 3001/Anat 3611/Anat 3601
Typically offered: Every Spring
Anatomical relationships. Function based upon form. Clinical applications. Gross (macroscopic) anatomy, histology (microscopic anatomy). Neuroanatomy (nervous system), embryology (developmental anatomy). prereq: [BIOL 1002 or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2002 or equiv], [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3602 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3612], at least soph
ANAT 3611 - Principles of Human Anatomy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anat 3001/Anat 3611/Anat 3601
Typically offered: Every Spring
Anatomical relationships. Function based upon form. Clinical applications. Gross (macroscopic) anatomy, histology (microscopic anatomy). Neuroanatomy (nervous system), embryology (developmental anatomy). prereq: [BIOL 1002 or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2002 or equiv], at least soph; [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3602 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3612] recommended
ACCT 2050 - Introduction to Financial Reporting
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Acct 2050/ApEc 1251/Dbln 2051
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to financial accounting for U.S. organizations. Reading financial statements. prereq: Soph
COMM 3402 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Nature and function of communication between individuals in formal and informal relationships. Communicative interactions from theoretical and practical viewpoints.
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Soc 1001/Soc 1011V/Soc 1012W
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of society and what sociologists call the "sociological imagination:" a way of viewing the events, relationships and social phenomena that shape our individual lives and much of our collective experience. Through the course we will examine some of the central concepts and problems that have preoccupied both classical and contemporary sociologists and gain a sense of how the sociological imagination can illuminate the social forces that have a concrete impact on our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the ways in which society affects your life, and how you, in turn, affect society. prereq: Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F
WRIT 1301 - University Writing
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Writ 1301/Writ 1401
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
WRIT 1301 introduces students to rhetorical principles that provide a framework for successful written communication in college and beyond. Students study and write in a variety of genres and disciplines, and in multimodal forms. The courses focus on writing as a way of knowing and learning to develop ideas through critical thinking, including analysis and synthesis. Based on the assumption that writing is a social activity, the course is a workshop format and requires active engagement in the writing process, including pre-writing, peer review, revision, and editing. Students develop information literacy and hone the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively and ethically incorporate information into their own texts. The blended model combines three credit hours/week of small face-to-face class with one credit hour of online instruction in Canvas. Some sections are dedicated for international and multilingual students. WRIT 1301 fulfills the first-year writing requirement.
BIOL 3272 - Applied Biostatistics
Credits: 4.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 3272Biol 3272H//Biol 5272
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Conceptual basis of statistical analysis. Statistical analysis of biological data. Data visualization, descriptive statistics, significance tests, experimental design, linear model, simple/multiple regression, general linear model. Lectures, computer lab. prereq: High school algebra; BIOL 2003 recommended
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 3264/EPsy 5261
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory statistics. Emphasizes understanding/applying statistical concepts/procedures. Visual/quantitative methods for presenting/analyzing data, common descriptive indices for univariate/bivariate data. Inferential techniques.
EPSY 5261 - Introductory Statistical Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 3264/5231/5261/5263
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
EPSY 5261 is designed to engage students in statistics as a principled approach to data collection, prediction, and scientific inference. Students first learn about data collection (e.g., random sampling, random assignment) and examine data descriptively using graphs and numerical summaries. Students build conceptual understanding of statistical inference through the use of simulation-based methods (bootstrapping and randomization) before going on to learn parametric methods, such as t-tests (one-sample and two-sample means), z-tests (one-sample and two-sample proportions), chi-square tests, and regression. This course uses pedagogical methods grounded in research, such as small group activities and discussion. Attention undergraduates: As this is a graduate level course, it does not fulfill the Mathematical Thinking Liberal Education requirement. If you would like to take a statistics course in our department that fulfills that requirement, please consider EPSY 3264.
PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Psy 3801/Psy 3801H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive/basic inferential statistics used in psychology. Measures of central tendency, variability, t tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation, regression, confidence intervals, effect sizes. Psychological measurement. Graphical data presentation. Statistical software. prereq: High school algebra, [PSY 1001 or equiv]; intended for students who plan to major in psychology
SOC 3811 - Social Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Soc 3811/Soc 5811
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
STAT 1001 - Introduction to the Ideas of Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Graphical/numerical presentations of data. Judging the usefulness/reliability of results/inferences from surveys and other studies to interesting populations. Coping with randomness/variation in an uncertain world. prereq: Mathematics requirement for admission to University
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: AnSc 3011/ESPM 3012/Stat 3011/
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Standard statistical reasoning. Simple statistical methods. Social/physical sciences. Mathematical reasoning behind facts in daily news. Basic computing environment.
MORT 3014 - Funeral Service Rules and Regulations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Licensing/government regulations, compliance with regulations of state/federal regulatory agencies, cemetery and crematory rules and regulations, and Federal Trade Commission Funeral Practice Rule for the funeral industry.
MORT 3018 - Funeral Service Practice I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
A study of the practice of funeral service, the conduct of funerals in the diverse American society; various survivor benefits including Social Security, Veterans benefits, active military benefits, and others; private and National cemetery familiarization, including eligibility; merchandise familiarization
MORT 3021W - Funeral Service Psychology and Arrangements Theory (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course instructs students in grief psychology principles as they relate to funeral service, as well as principles underlying successful funeral arrangements. Coursework includes psychology, counseling, and communication principles, as well as an introduction to helping skills, communication techniques, and other tools to conduct funeral arrangements with diverse client families. Particular emphasis is placed on adapting these tools to a variety of arrangement factors, including disposition type, family dynamics, veteran status, and religious affiliation. Coursework is delivered and assessed via readings, lectures, in-class role-playing, writing-to-learn activities, quizzes, tests, discussions, qualitative research, and reflective writing assignments. Prerequisites: WRIT 1301, PSY 1001, COMM 3401 or COMM 3402
MORT 3171 - Human Anatomy Laboratory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study of gross human anatomy using cadavers. Anatomical structures, post-mortem examination, embalming, pathology, restorative art, forensic science. Prerequisites: MORT 2171; PHAR 1002: Medical Terminology
MORT 3371 - Death, Dying and Bereavement Across Cultures and Religions
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Death, Dying and Bereavement across Cultures and Religions will explore a variety of cultures and religions as their beliefs, practices, customs and traditions around the issue of death, grief and funeral/burial rituals.
MORT 3065 - Embalming Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamentals of inorganic/organic chemistry and biochemistry. Chemical changes in human body during life, after death, and during chemical preservation. Disinfection, toxicology, embalming fluids.
PHAR 1002 - Medical Terminology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Interested in learning the difference between an antigen and an antibiotic? During this course, you will not only increase your medical vocabulary by more than 2500 words at your own pace, you will also learn to identify and articulately describe a wide variety of medical conditions and processes. Communication related to disease states, procedures, and diagnostics in health care can sometimes seem like another language. This course will help you recognize medical abbreviations, relate terms to procedures and diagnostics, and comprehend the meaning of medical terminology by using word elements. If you are interested in the health care field or would like to understand more about your own medical care, this course is a great place to start. This is a completely online, self-paced course but runs on an accelerated 10-week schedule each Fall, Spring, and Summer term. For more information, contact phar1002@umn.edu or 612-624-7976.
PUBH 3001 - Personal and Community Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: PubH 3001/PubH 3004
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental principles of health conservation and disease prevention.
MORT 3016 - Funeral Service Marketing and Merchandising
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to key elements of funeral service merchandising/marketing. How to manage delivery process. Theory supplemented with contemporary product offerings, merchandising techniques.
MORT 3025 - Business Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of business law relating to funeral service. U.S. judicial system. Contracts. Sales. Bailments (including carriers). Commercial paper. Agency. Employment. Business organization.
MORT 3051 - Restorative Art
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
In Restorative Art 3051, we will consider the importance of, and techniques for, creating an acceptable physical appearance upon deceased persons for the benefit of the survivors. Over the semester, we will study a variety of topics for the purpose of building skills in the area of restorative art, including anatomical terminology; skeletal structures of the face and cranium; musculature of the face and neck; photographic interpretations; classical proportions of the face and cranium; physiognomy of the face and cranium; essential components of the nose, mouth, eyes, and ears; various modeling techniques; proper placement guides for the restoration of damaged structures and/or missing features; treatments and techniques for both general and specific injuries; color theory, and cosmetology related to the funeral profession. Pre / Co-requisite: MORT 3061 Embalming Theory Prerequisites: MORT 2171 Introductory Human Anatomy; MORT 3171 Human Anatomy Laboratory
MORT 3061 - Embalming Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This is an introductory course which covers the phenomenon of death of the human body, and the fundamental procedures associated with the practice of the art and science of embalming. Embalming is the process of chemically treating the dead human body in order to: (1) reduce the presence and growth of microorganisms; (2) retard organic decomposition; and (3) restore an acceptable physical appearance to the decedent.1 The semester begins with such topics as personal and public health considerations, and government regulations that are applicable to the embalming process and the fundamentals of embalming. Next are the topics of terminology and identification of embalming instruments, the importance of embalming analysis, and the completion of embalming reports. We advance to vessel location and selection, and procedures for preparing the body before the embalming process begins. We move on to the subject of embalming chemicals, with our lectures and discussions focusing on the reasons why we use various quantities and types of chemicals for each individual case. The course continues with presentations focusing on treatments for embalming difficult cases, including discussion of traumatic and pathological conditions, infections, communicable diseases, autopsied bodies, organ and tissue donors, and other various conditions. Prerequisites: MORT 2171 Introductory Human Anatomy; MORT 3171 Human Anatomy Laboratory
MORT 3151 - Restorative Art Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles/techniques for restorative art. Modeling facial features with clay or wax. Use of restorative techniques. Cosmetic application on human remains. Mortuary Science Major Pre / Co-requisites: MORT 3051 Restorative Art
MORT 3161 - Embalming Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practices/procedures of chemically preserving/restoring human remains. Mortuary Science Major Pre / Co-requisites: MORT 3061 Embalming Lecture
MORT 3012W - Organization and Management of Funeral Business (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to create an entrepreneurial marketing strategy and business plan for a small funeral business. Various forms of ownership. Financial requirements, risk management, human resources management. Theory supplemented with practical information, real-life experiences. Prerequisites: Diversified Core Mathematical Thinking, ACCT 2050: Introduction to Financial Reporting
MORT 3019 - Funeral Service Practice II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a multidisciplinary perspective on information, issues and problems associated with, and relating to, the contemporary practice of funeral service. Building upon the foundational theories, definitions and activities presented in complementary mortuary science courses, this class is designed to deepen students' understanding of how funeral service is practiced in a variety of different contexts today from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders.
MORT 3022W - Funeral Service Arrangements Laboratory (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course provides students with practical tools to conduct funeral arrangements with diverse client families. Coursework includes application of MORT 3021W material, group discussion, and laboratory-based application of skills. Each student will conduct a simulated arrangement with a community volunteer based on real-world arrangement scenarios. Delivery and assessment of coursework will be via readings, lectures, in-class role-playing, quizzes, tests, writing-to-learn activities, and reflective writing assignments. Prerequisites: MORT 3021W, MORT 3014
MORT 3031 - Funeral Service Law
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Duty of burial. Right to control funeral arrangements. Final disposition, liability for funeral expenses. Torts involving dead human body and the funeral director. Wills. Estates. Probate. Prerequisites: MORT 3025: Business Law
MORT 3379 - Clinical Funeral Service Rotation
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 18.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Practical experience working in clinical settings related to funeral service. What it means to be a funeral director in contemporary American society. Mortuary Science Major Pre / Co-requisite: 3021W Prerequisites: MORT 3051; 3061; 3151; 3161
MORT 3379 - Clinical Funeral Service Rotation
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 18.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Practical experience working in clinical settings related to funeral service. What it means to be a funeral director in contemporary American society. Mortuary Science Major Pre / Co-requisite: 3021W Prerequisites: MORT 3051; 3061; 3151; 3161