For a mortuary science degree, students take courses in biology, chemistry, business, writing, mathematics and either psychology or social science. The field of mortuary science requires competency in many core areas, including science, communications and business. Students therefore receive a diverse education in the liberal arts, business management and hard sciences for the degree, which culminates with taking and passing a National Board Examination.
Mortuary science belongs to the larger field of funeral services. Aspiring students, upon successful completion of the program, receive a bachelor of science degree, or B.S., from an accredited university. As with other degrees, students generally follow a structured schedule of courses over the course of 4 years.
To start, students take fundamental courses in biology and chemistry, which includes lab courses and lectures. Students also study anatomy and physiology during their first and second years, along with introductory courses in accounting, business and sociology. They may take basic psychology courses too, along with sociology courses and statistics.
As juniors and seniors, mortuary science students take courses in funeral services. Courses include the history of funeral services, laws and regulations, pathology, embalming and community relations. In their final year, students might study artistic techniques for preparation, learn management skills for owning and operating a funeral parlor, and participate in internships or hands-on training opportunities.