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Bachelor of Science in Biology: Mortuary Science Track

This track, through affiliation with the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, is accredited through the American Board of Funeral Service Education, National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science, National Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards of the United States Inc. This program is designed for three years of approved study on campus and one year of study at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. The curriculum requires 120 credits: 94 credits in required and elective California University courses and 26 credits for the institute year. Upon completion of the program, the student is granted a Bachelor of Science degree from California and a diploma from the Pittsburgh institute. Upon completion of a one-year resident intern period, the candidate applies for the state board examinations and licensure as a funeral director and embalmer.

Freshman Year

First Semester – 14 credits
CourseCredits
BIO 120 General Zoology4 crs.
MAT 181  College Algebra3 crs.
ENG 101 English Composition I                                                               3 crs.
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar1 cr.
General Education Course3 crs.

Second Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
BIO 125 General Botany                                                                        4 crs.
ENG 102 English Composition II3 crs.
General Education Courses8 crs.

Sophomore Year

Third Semester – 17 credits
CourseCredits
BIO 215 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology4 crs.
CHE 101 General Chemistry                                                                   4 crs.

COM 101 Oral Communication OR

COM 230 Argumentation and Debate

3 crs.
General Education Courses
6 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
BIO 3XX Upper-level BIO Elective                                                            4 crs.
CHE 102 General Chemistry II4 crs.
General Education Course
3 crs.
 Free Electives4 crs.

Junior Year

Fifth Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits
BIO 326 General Microbiology4 crs.
BIO 306 Human Anatomy                                                                      4 crs.
Free Electives4 crs.
General Education Courses
4 crs.

Sixth Semester – 17 credits
CourseCredits
BIO 328: Human Physiology                                                                  4 crs.
Free Electives13 crs.

Senior Year

Seventh Semester – 13 credits
CourseCredits
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science                                                 13 crs.

Eighth Semester – 13 credits
CourseCredits
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science                                                 13 crs.