Mortuary Science

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness & compassion.

– Dalai Lama XIV
Student working on a clay model of a face

The Mortuary Science Department at Cypress College prepares individuals for a career that cares for the dead and comforts the living.

As a Mortuary Science student you will prepare for employment as a funeral director and embalmer through a variety of courses.

What You’ll Study
  • Work Experience
  • Orientation to Funeral Service
  • Funeral Service Pathology
  • Embalming Anatomy/Pathology
  • Funeral Service Thanatology
  • Funeral Service Management
  • Funeral Service Ceremonies
  • Embalming Theory and Practice
  • Funeral Directing
  • Funeral Service Administration
  • Methods of Disposition
  • Funeral Service Sciences
  • Embalming
  • Restorative Art
  • Funeral Services Ethics/Laws
  • Embalming Application
  • Mortuary Law
  • Funeral Service Practicum
  • Embalming Externship
  • Funeral Service Capstone
  • Funeral Service Counseling

Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Mortuary Science.

Careers & Salary


  • Embalmer
  • Funeral Service Manager
  • Mortician, Undertaker, and Funeral Director


  • Low: $26k
  • Average: $53k
  • High: $126k

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What Students Say

“The Mortuary Science Program is nothing like anything I have ever experienced. In order to be successful, you must be active. By being active, I mean showing up every day, being engaged in each lecture, and being supportive of your cohorts. It is truly a team effort and we all help each other throughout the process.”

Kimberly Worl

“Each faculty member of the mortuary program has positively contributed to my time here.”

Holly Herrera

  • Lori Collins
  • Damon de la Cruz
  • Jolena Grande
Adjunct Faculty
  • Glenn Bower
  • Chase Mirassou
  • Stephen Nichols
  • Christina Villa
  • Yvonne Yu
Mortuary Science Department

Location: TE-3, Room 215
T: (714) 484-7278
Department Chair: Jolena Grande,