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Pre-Mortuary Science (B.S.) Coursework

Mortuary Science combines behavioral, physical, and applied sciences to prepare graduates for careers as funeral service professionals. Mortuary Science is a bachelor’s degree program. However, two years of college level coursework is typically required for admission into the program.

SMSU provides the required pre-requisite coursework for students who intend to enroll in a mortuary program. A student may transfer into a mortuary science program generally after completing two years of prerequisite coursework from an accredited institution. It is recommended that students complete the general education/liberal arts program of the institution while completing the prerequisite coursework. Some mortuary science schools may provide a 1 year accelerated program for students that have already earned a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution.

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Marshall, MN 56258

Course Guidelines

Due to variation in each school’s curriculum, the following is merely a guideline of typical requirements. To determine the exact requirements for each program, the student should work with their academic advisor to review each school to which he/she is applying.

Typical Course Requirements
SMSU Course Number Pre-Requisite courses for Program Semester Credit Hours
Biol 104 Medical Terminology 1
Biol 100 or 200

Introduction to cellular biology with lab

Biol 305 (and 306) Anatomy and Physiology I (Anatomy and Physiology II recommended) 4+
Math 200 Statistics 3
Psych 101 General Psychology (Some may require an additional psych course) 3
Soci 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Acct 100 or 211 Accounting or Principles of Accounting I 3
Eng 151 Academic writing 3
Comm 110 Essentials of speaking and listening 3
Comm 230 Interpersonal and cross cultural communications 3
Liberal arts courses Complete university general education /liberal education program Variable


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