2021-2022 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. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


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.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
CDC 101  Public Speaking
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
Any Tech Lit. Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
CHE 101  General Chemistry I
Social Sciences
Any Social Science Course
General Education Options
The following courses are suggested electives of professional mortuary science interest. Please consult your adviser for the most appropriate courses for you. At least one course must be an Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis (EMEL) Course.
  • ENG 102  Composition II or Other English or Literature Course
  • CSC 101 Personal Productivity Software (TL)
  • CSC 201  Internet Concepts (TL)
  • PHI 200  World Religions (HUM, EMEL)
  • PHI 307  Medical Ethics (HUM, EMEL)
  • PSY 100  General Psychology (SS)
  • SOC 100  Principles of Sociology (SS)
  • PHI 308  Bioethics (HUM, EMEL)
  • ECO 100  Elements of Economics (SS)
  • ENG 211  Business Writing (Comp)
  • PHI 100  Perspectives in Philosophy (HUM)
Required Major Courses 32
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
BIO 125  General Botany 4
BIO 215  Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 306  Human Anatomy 4
BIO 326  General Microbiology 4
BIO 328  Human Physiology 4
BIO ***  300- or 400-level BIO/ENS Course (requires approval of adviser) 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science 26
Upper-level Major Courses (fourth year of program) 26
Free Electives 21
Students are recommended to take courses leading to a minor in Business Administration, Psychology or another area of interest. The following courses are suggested choices:
  • ACC 200  Financial Accounting
  • ART 388  Sculpture Studio
  • PSY 211  Social Psychology
  • BUS 100  Intro to Business (SS)
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): Any Upper-Division Writing Component Course
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BIO 215 Cellular and Molecular Biology

Program Note: Student must complete 48 credits of 300- or 400-level courses. The curriculum includes 42 upper-level credits.

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