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Pre-Mortuary Science PMOR

Degree Type: Associate in Science

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for an Associate in Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting 1 3
ENGL 150 English 1 3
ENGL 250 English 2 3
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
ISYS 105 Intro Micro Systems-Software 3
PSYC 150 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIOL 121 General Biology 1 4
Choose one:
BIOL 108 Medical Microbiology 3
OR
BIOL 286 General Microbiology 3
Choose one:
BIOL 109 Basic Human Anatomy-Physiology 4
OR
BIOL 205 Human Anatomy-Physiology 5
Choose one:
CHEM 114 Intro to General Chemistry 4
And
CHEM 124 Intro Organic-Biochemistry 3
OR
CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5
AND
CHEM 124 Intro Organic-Biochemistry 3
Electives to achieve the minimum of 68 credits required for application to Wayne State University Mortuary Science program.

Why Choose Pre-Mortuary Science?

This program is designed in accordance with the Mortuary Science program at Wayne State University, which is the only institution in Michigan that prepares students for State certification in mortuary science. Because entrance into the WSU program is competitive, a minimum requirement for application is completion of at least 68 credit hours with a grade of 'C' or better as outlined in the WSU graduate bulletin. State of Michigan Mortuary Licensure requires a minimum of eight credits of 100-level or higher chemistry.

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Do you recognize the importance of ceremony as a means of expressing the feelings and needs of people? Do you have a sincere desire to help people? Do you desire to dedicate your life to a service profession that demands your sensitivity to the needs of people in bereavement? If your answer is yes, a career in mortuary science could be for you.

The duties and responsibilities of a funeral director are extremely varied. They may include counseling, proper completion of death certificates and preparation of the body for burial.

After the funeral service, the director may assist the family for several months in filing necessary claims for Social Security, insurance, etc., until all details are satisfactorily completed.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Mortuary Science program at Ferris leads to an associate in science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall. Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits including all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website and complete a 20-credit concentration of Scientific Understanding and mathematics course work.

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Department of Physical Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3021
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2580


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