Mortuary Science Program Information

Mortuary Science Program Aims

The Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College has as its central aim recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as:

  • Members of a human services profession;
  • Members of the community in which they serve;
  • Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
  • Professionals knowledgeable of and complaint with federal, state and local regulatory guidelines, in the geographic area in which they practice, as well as;
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains

Mortuary Science Program Objectives

The Mortuary Science Program Objectives are as follows:

  1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary in the profession, as defined in the Preamble at the beginning of Chapter 9 of the Manual on Accreditation;
  3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of funeral service profession to the community at large;
  4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
  5. To provide a curriculum at the post secondary level of instruction;
  6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service; and
  7. To qualify students for professional licensure examination.

Mortuary Science Major Course Work Academic Schedule

Each semester course offering must be taken together. Students are encouraged to enroll in the entire semester of courses. Students may attend the program on a part-time basis provided that the Health Science Counselor has approved the student’s educational plan.

Total Units50.00

Course Semester 1(beginning Fall 2015) Units
MORT 201 C Funeral Directing 5.0
MORT 202 C Funeral Service Administration I 4.0
MORT 203 C Methods of Disposition 4.0
MORT 214 C Funeral Service Sciences 5.0
Total 18.00
Course Semester 2 Units
MORT 204 C Funeral Service Administration II 4.0
MORT 215 C Embalming 5.0
MORT 234 C Funeral Service Ethics and Laws I 4.0
Total 13.0
Course Intersession Units
MORT 248 C Funeral Service Thanatology 6.0
Total 6.0
Course Semester 3 Units
MORT 216 C Restorative Art 5.0
MORT 236 C Funeral Service Ethics and Laws II 4.0
MORT 288 C Funeral Service Capstone 4.0
Total 13.0
  • General Education Categories A through E (see listing in college catalog) including Cultural Diversity/Reading Proficiency and Completion of the National Board Examination — 25 units
  • Total Units Required for Graduation — 75
  • *Note: MORT 297 C must be taken in the last semester of the ASMSprior to graduation

Suggested General Education Courses

General Education courses are required to be completed before applying to the Mortuary Science Program. There are 5 general categories that need to be completed along with specific Cypress College requirements. Please check with the Cypress College Mortuary Science Counselor as to the exact general education courses you will be completing toward your ASMS degree.

  • Category A – Language and Rationality (6 units)
    • A1 Written Communication – 3 units
    • A2 Analytical Thinking – 3 units
  • Category B – Natural Sciences and Mathematics (6 units)
    • B1 Life Science and Physical Sciences – 3 units
    • B2 Mathematics – 3 units
  • Category C – Art and Humanities (6 units) C1 Art – 3 units
    • C2 Humanities – 3 units
  • Category D – Social Science (6 units)
  • Category E – Physical Education and Health (1 unit)
    • Cultural Diversity Requirement (3 units)
    • Reading Proficiency Requirement

For more information contact (714) 484-7270.