Maricopa Emergency Management System Alert

CGCC is providing a location for COVID testing and vaccination. However, the college is not providing this service and we cannot answer any specific questions about appointments or results. To book an appointment or to find more COVID related information about testing and vaccination, please visit for Testing information or visit for Vaccination information.

  CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Due to the escalation of COVID-19 cases, our in-person instruction and services plans may be modified to protect the health and safety of our communities. Services continue to be available via phone, email, and online.


Mortuary Science

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Mortuary Science program includes studies in public health; business management; natural sciences; legal, ethical and regulatory concerns; and clinical requirements associated with the mortuary field. The curriculum combines coursework in mortuary science with a general education component. The AAS in Mortuary Science is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, 816-233-3747, Completion of the courses in program prepares the student to sit for the National Board examination and begin state internship requirements.


Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest: 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2018 Spring
Award notes

Students must complete all Program Prerequisite Courses and General Education Courses before beginning the Required course area of this degree.

Related courses from other colleges and universities will not automatically transfer to CGCC. All transfer courses are reviewed by the Mortuary Science program director for transferability. In all cases, it is the responsibility of the student to initiate the process.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
ACC107Bookkeeping Theory and Practice (4) OR
ACC111Accounting Principles I (3)3-4
BPC/CIS+++++Any BPC/CIS Business-Personal Computers or Computer Information Systems course1
GBS205Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business3
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business3
Admission criteria

Students must have completed all first year course work (Program Prerequisites and General Education Courses) with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, and must have proof of high school graduation or GED or permission of Program Director.

Academic Plan: 
Mortuary Science (DEG)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
MSP101Orientation to Funeral Service1
MSP201History and Sociology of Funeral Service3
MSP203Microbiology for Funeral Service3
MSP204Chemistry for Funeral Service3
MSP205Mortuary Administration I3
MSP206Mortuary Administration II3
MSP207Restorative Art4
MSP208Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Issues in Funeral Service3
MSP209Pathology for Funeral Service3
MSP210Counseling for Funeral Service2
MSP211Compendium for Funeral Service2
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should choose zero (0) to three (3) credits from Free Electives. Any 100/200 level prefixed courses may be selected, except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-25
General Education CoreCredits: 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Critical Reading area or equivalent as indicated by assessment.
If test exempt, students must complete a (3) credit course from the Free Electives area with a C or better.
MathematicsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area with a C or better.
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
REL100is recommended.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
PSY156Understanding Death and Dying (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4
  • Describe the development of the funeral service industry, the roles of funeral service professionals, and career opportunities in funeral service. (MSP101)
  • Trace the development of funeral rites among various ancient and modern cultures, and identify the societal needs for funeral rites. (MSP201)
  • Explain and demonstrate methods of embalming the deceased human body. (MSP202)
  • Explain principles of microbiolgy relevant to funeral service. (MSP203)
  • Explain principles of chemistry relevant to funeral service. (MSP204)
  • List and describe basic procedures in funeral directing, and explain the process of establishing a funeral home. (MSP205)
  • Explain the operation of the established funeral home, and describe the process of marketing funeral products. (MSP206)
  • Explain the process of restoring the deceased human body to an acceptable appearance for visitation and/or funeral service. (MSP207)
  • Identify and describe legal, ethical, and regulatory concerns that govern the funeral service industry. (MSP208)
  • Identify and describe pathologic conditions of the deceased human body that require special treatment. (MSP209)
  • Describe the human grief process, and identify sources of professional assistance and counseling for bereaved persons. (MSP210)
  • Summarizes all course work required for the degree to its full relevance in preparing the student to be a successful functioning member of the funeral profession. (MSP211)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.