Associate of Science Degree

Program Curriculum Overview

The Associate of Applied Science curriculum at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is designed to meet the prerequisites for licensure and employment in funeral service. It fulfills the requirements of accreditation and approval agencies. The curriculum offers both theoretical and practical fundamentals of funeral service. The program is offered in academic quarters, with each quarter consisting of eleven weeks of study. The program is developed with the input of successful professionals, ensuring exceptional career relevance, and designed to impart real-world knowledge and skills.

Associate of Science Degree Curriculum

The curriculum fulfills the requirements of all accreditation regulations and is a blend of theoretical and practical fundamentals of the funeral profession, as well as the liberal arts. The courses are listed under the headings of: (1) Public Health, (2) Business Management, (3) Social Sciences, (4) Legal, Ethical, Regulatory, (5) Liberal Arts, and (6) General Education/Liberal Arts/Electives.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: All general education requirements for the associate degree may be completed here at the college.  No previous college credit needed to enter the program.  (See: Admissions Requirements) The degree will fulfill all general education requirements. The general education courses provide a foundation for professional success. Students learn to think critically, make rational decisions, and communicate effectively. These skills support their ability to acquire, evaluate, and use the specific knowledge needed for the program. (Transfer credit: Official transcripts needed prior to enrollment.)

For FULL descriptions of courses see our Course Descriptions page.

 

Public Health & Technical  Course Designations

Qtr Hours 

Anatomy  SCI 20I, 202

6

Chemistry  SCI 351, 352 4
Embalming SCI 212, 311, 312 9
Microbiology  SCI 221, 222 4
Pathology SCI 331, 332 4
Restorative Art SCI 242, 341, 342 7
Total Quarter Hours in Division

34

 

Business Management Course Designations

Qtr Hours

Accounting MGT 201

5

Computer in Funeral Service MGT 211 2
Funeral Service Management  MGT 212, 311, 312 9
Small Business Management MGT 222 5
Total Quarter Hours in Division 21

 

Social Sciences Course Designations

Qtr Hours 

Communications Skills ENG 201

3

Sociology of Funeral Service SOC 301 4
Psychology of Funeral Service  PSY 201 3
Counseling PSY 202 2
History of Funeral Service HIS 201 2
Total Quarter Hours in Division 14

 

Legal, Ethical, Regulatory Course Designations

Qtr Hours 

Business Law  MGT 322

5

Mortuary Law / Ethics MGT 221 3
Comprehensive Survey & Review MGT 302 2
Total Quarter Hours in Division 10

 

Liberal Arts Course Designations

Qtr Hours 

United States History Before 1865 HIS 101

5

United States History Since 1865 HIS 102 5
English Composition ENG 101 5
Introduction to Literature  ENG 102 5
Business Math MGT 101 5
General Psychology PSY 102 5
Total Quarter Hours in Division  30
Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service
Quarterly Sequence of Courses
FIRST QUARTER
Course Number
Course
Title
Quarter Hours
HIS 101
U.S. HISTORY TO 1865
5
ENG 101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION
5
MGT 101
BUSINESS MATH
5
 
TOTAL
15
 
SECOND QUARTER
 
HIS 102
U.S. HISTORY SINCE 1865
5
ENG 102
ENGLISH LITERATURE
5
PSY 101
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5
 
TOTAL
15
THIRD QUARTER
MGT 201
ACCOUNTING
5
ENG 201
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
3
SCI 201
ANATOMY I
3
SCI 221
MICROBIOLOGY I
2
PSY 201
PSYCHOLOGY OF FUNERAL SVC.
3
HIS 201
HISTORY OF FUNERAL SERVICE
2
MGT 211
COMPUTERS IN FUNERAL SERVICE
2
 
TOTAL
20
FOURTH QUARTER
SCI 202
ANATOMY II
3
SCI 212
EMBALMING I
3
MGT 212
FUNERAL SERVICE MGMT. I
3
SCI 222
MICROBIOLOGY II
2
PSY 202
COUNSELING
2
SCI 242
RESTORATIVE ART I
2
MGT 222
SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
5
 
TOTAL
20
FIFTH QUARTER
MGT 321
MORTUARY LAW
3
SCI 351
CHEMISTRY I
3
SCI 311
EMBALMING II
3
MGT 311
FUNERAL SERVICE MGMT. II
3
SOC 301
SOCIOLOGY OF FUNERAL SERVICE
3
SCI 331
PATHOLOGY I
2
SCI 341
RESTORATIVE ART II
2.5
 
TOTAL
19.5
SIXTH QUARTER
MGT 322
BUSINESS LAW
5
SCI 352
CHEMISTRY II
2
SCI 312
EMBALMING III
3
MGT 312
FUNERAL SERVICE MGMT. III
3
SCI 332
PATHOLOGY II
2
SCI 342
RESTORATIVE ART III
2.5
MGT 301
COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY/REVIEW
2
 
TOTAL
19.5
     
 
GRAND TOTAL
109

Note: All courses numbered 100 will be offered in the first and second quarters. All courses numbered 200 will be offered in the third and fourth quarters. All courses numbered 300 will be offered in fifth and sixth quarters.