2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Biology: Mortuary Science

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Program Description

The Mortuary Science concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Biology, 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 Cal U courses and 26 credits for the institute year. Upon completion of the program, the student is granted a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal U and an associate degree in Specialized Technology 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.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 14
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Course 3
Second Semester 15
BIO 125  General Botany 4
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
General Education Courses 8
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 17
BIO 215  Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry 4
COM 101  Oral Communication  OR  COM 230  Argumentation and Debate 3
General Education Courses 6
Fourth Semester 15
BIO 3XX  Upper-level BIO Elective 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
General Education Course 3
Free Electives 4
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 16
BIO 306  Human Anatomy 4
BIO 326  General Microbiology 4
General Education Course 4
Free Electives 4
Sixth Semester 17
BIO 328  Human Physiology 4
Free Electives 13
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 13
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science 13
Eighth Semester 13
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science 13
Total 120

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