Wayne State University

Course descriptions

*For a full overview of the courses you will need, visit the curriculum page for your program.

MS 3100    Thanatochemistry. Cr. 2
Prereq: CHM 1000. Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Discussion, problem solving, and appli­cation of general inorganic, organic and biochemistry to postmortem changes, biologic preservation, and embalming chemistry. Course includes a problem-based laboratory and case studies with correla­tions to embalming chemistry. (F)

MS 3300    Religions, Values, and Death. Cr. 3
Various religious, secular, and philosophical views regarding the value of life, the meaning of death, and life after death. (W)

MS 3400    Funeral Service Law and Ethics I. Cr. 3
Business law and legal environment affecting funeral service. Intro­duction to American legal system, court structure, and civil & criminal procedure. Contract law, property law and UCC Articles 2, 3, and 9. Survey of tort law. Discussion and problems based on the ethical responsibilities of funeral practitioners. (W)

MS 3410    Funeral Service Law and Ethics II. Cr. 3
Legal principles affecting funeral service including legal status of a deceased, rights and responsibilities affecting disposition, licensing laws, regulatory compliance, pre-need and probate law. Funeral ser­vice torts and discussion and problems on due diligence, best prac­tices, and ethical responsibilities of funeral practitioners. (S)

MS 3420    Conflict Resolution. Cr. 2
Analysis of conflict and the communication tools and methods to resolve conflict. Explores a wide variety of approaches to conflict, negotiation, and third party intervention in the relevant contexts where conflict management occurs. (F)

MS 3500    Embalming I. Cr. 3
Coreq: MS 3100. Open only to Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Sci­ence program and funeral service enrollees. Theories, practices, and techniques of biologic preservation and disinfection of human remains; case analyses; methods of application of embalming chem­icals; use of instruments and equipment; special case embalming. Laboratory teaching of all practical aspects of embalming. Material Fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. (F)

MS 3510    Embalming II. Cr. 3
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: MS 3500. Dynamics of decomposition; influence of disease and its treatment on the embalming process; public health considerations; anatomical embalming; disaster response; evalua­tion of embalming techniques. Material Fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. (W)

MS 3600    Restorative Art and Modeling I. Cr. 2
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: MS 3500. Theories, methods, and techniques used in the restoration of superficial tissues and features; color the­ory, cosmetology, facial proportions, skin tones correlated with recon­struction; clay and wax modeling; actual restorations performed on human remains. Material Fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. (F)

MS 3610    Restorative Art and Modeling II. Cr. 2
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: MS 3600. Continuation of MS 3600. Material Fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. (W)

MS 3620    Presentation and Cosmetics. Cr. 2
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: MS 3610. Advanced restorative art techniques and strategies for professional mortuary science students. (S)

MS 3760    Funeral Service History and Trends. Cr. 2
Basic human need to memorialize the dead, examined throughout history. Funeralization as a process affected by social and religious change. The funeral service professional in a socio-temporal context. Possible future practices based on understanding of historical records and current trends. (S)

MS 3800    Funeral Directing. Cr. 3
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Funeral service operations. Practical applications including field trips. Funeral service process from first call to final disposition. Terminology, government regulations, ethics, professional conduct, vital statistics records, necessary forms. Religious, ethnic, fraternal and military variations. Computer technologies and applications. (F)

MS 3810    Funeral Service Marketing and Merchandising. Cr. 3
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: MS 3800. Continuation of MS 3800. Marketing, merchandising, public relations, pre-need planning, personnel man­agement, job-seeking skills, licensing requirements; planning, build­ing and establishing of funeral home. Government regulations. (W)

MS 3830    Psychology of Death and Dying. Cr. 3
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Various social and cultural perspectives; psychosocial changes related to death, dying, and disposition; special cases: sud­den, violent or unexpected death. (F)

MS 3840    Psychosocial Aspects of Grief. Cr. 3
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: MS 3830. Psychology of funeral service practices; social role of funeral service practitioner in the dynamics of grief; psy­chosocial interpretations of changing attitudes toward death; normal and abnormal grief responses; sociology of funeral service. (S)

MS 3970    Practicum I. Cr. 1
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: MS 3510; MS 3800. Offered for S and U grades only. Student placement in a licensed funeral service facility to acquire practical experience in basic funeral service skills. Enrollees work a minimum of eight hours a week. (W)

MS 3980    Practicum II. Cr. 2
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: MS 3970. Continuation of the Practicum course providing experiential context to the professional coursework. Stu­dents are placed in a licensed funeral service facility to acquire prac­tical experience in basic funeral service skills. (S)

MS 4050    Anatomy for Mortuary Science. Cr. 2
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: BIO 2870. Detailed systemic study of human anat­omy. Laboratory work consists of demonstrations and selected dis­sections; emphasis on vascular anatomy and adjacent structural relationships; anatomic guides. Material Fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. Material Fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes.  (F)

MS 4250    Microbiology for Mortuary Science. Cr. 2
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Discussion and application of pathogenic microbial agents; host-parasite relationships; disinfection-decontamination; immunol­ogy; epidemiology of infectious disease, public health issues; and problem-based case studies. Lecture and problem-based laboratory/case studies. (W)

MS 4300    (WI)  Pathology for Mortuary Science. Cr. 2
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science Program. Prereq: MS 4050, MS 4250. Causes of disease; basic epi­demiology; tissue reactions to injury, gross and microscopic; neopla­sia; select systemic and organ pathologies; comparative roles of various specialties in pathology. (S)

MS 4450    Funeral Service Management and Accounting. Cr. 3
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: ACC 3010. Financial aspects of starting and oper­ating a funeral business; basic accounting principles; dealings with fellow professionals and government agencies. (S)

MS 5350    Grief Dynamics and Aftercare. Cr. 2
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. Prereq: MS 3830 and MS 3840. Specific factors in the dynamics of grief; grief manifestations in death and in states of chronic diseases; development of general counseling and referral skills; communication skill-building and self-care practices for the death-field professional. (W)

MS 5996    Professional Review. Cr. 2
Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program. A comprehensive review and assessment in preparation for the National Board Examination. Consisting of assigned questions and in-class discussion and assessment, culminating in the Practice National Board Examination. (S)