Dec 12, 2018  
2018-2019 Vincennes University Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Vincennes University Catalog

FNRL 110 - Thanatochemistry


2 hrs (Sem I)
This course will provide a foundation for the required chemistry course with specific emphasis in embalming and death chemistries. This course will introduce students to organic, inorganic, biological, and solution chemistry as applied to the funeral service profession and the study of thanatochemistry. Topics include the study of carbon and carbon-based compounds, organometallic compounds, physicochemical processes of living organisms, and death/decomposition chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on postmortem changes: hypostasis, rigidity and corneal turbidity and decomposition. This course will also emphasize the various physical and chemical means of microbial control to ensure disinfection, sanitation, and preservation. 2 class hours.

Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in BIOL 107  and BIOL 107L .