MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A growing number of students enrolled in the University of Minnesota's mortuary science program are women.

The university says three-quarters of the current class of 60 are female, in contrast to four decades ago when women made up about 5 percent of program's enrollment.

Minnesota is one of a few states that require a bachelor's degree in order to obtain a mortician's license. Most states require two-year degrees.

The program's director Michael LuBrant says 86 percent of the state's morticians have graduated from the University of Minnesota.

The program's course work includes microbiology, chemistry, business, marketing and law. Students must pass a national board exam and intern for 10 months.