Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Thanatology

Credits required 24/25

Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Program contact

John Tormey, Coordinator of Thanatology and Professor of Psychology/Thanatology, ext. 2032

Program Code: TC

Program Goals Statement

This certificate examines how loss affects physical, psychological, and social well-being. This program is unique to BCC and can be taken on its own or as a program to enrich such care giving and service professions as education, nursing, criminal justice, human services, pastoral ministry, and funeral service.

Program Information

  • This program has articulation agreements with FINE Mortuary College and Mt. Ida College.
  • Students who complete the certificate in Thanatology can take the following courses to transfer to FINE Mortuary College for a career in funeral service ACC 101, MAN 154, BIO 233, BIO 234.


Program Requirements

Program Courses


3 credits


3-4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

PSY 262Introduction to Thanatology

3 credits

PSY 264Psychology of Grief

3 credits

PSY 266Introduction to Grief Counseling

3 credits

SOC 257Social Issues in Loss

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18-25


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