College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cosmetic Science & Formulation Design

Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design is the interdisciplinary science involved with developing, formulating and producing cosmetics and personal care products. The major places a strong emphasis on the underlying design, synthesis, and development of products associated with the personal care, beauty and welfare of people and their animal companions. The curriculum includes courses in synthetic organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, pharmacology, and pharmaceutical chemistry.


What can I do with a major in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design?

As a specialist in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design, you will aid in developing, manufacturing, and evaluating products such as lipstick, eye shadow, shampoo, hair coloring and personal care products for adults, children, babies and pets. Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design majors are prepared for careers in:

  • Research
  • Product development/formulation
  • Production/manufacturing
  • Quality control/quality assurance
  • Skin, hair and nail therapy
  • Packaging
  • Product stability testing
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Acute and chronic toxicity testing
  • Consumer affairs
Graduates are skilled in developing new and novel products or improving existing ones as well as assessing the quality, durability, safety and packaging compatibility of products developed. With their business and economic knowledge, they are equipped to understand business models and the necessity for team interaction in the development of a commercial product. The broad base on which the major is structured does not limit employment to pharmaceutical or cosmetic options, allowing students to compete for positions requiring a knowledge of chemistry. Graduates are also able to move on to graduate programs in the field, medical school, or other professional schools including medical/osteopathic, dental, veterinary, M.B.A., or law programs. 
Career Opportunities Types of Employers
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Sales/Marketing
  • Chemical Ingredient Manufacturer
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Manufacturer
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Research Consumer Safety Officer
  • Drug Analyst
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance
  • Science Librarian/Education Personnel
  • Manufacturing/Production Technologist Formulation Technologist
  • Nutritional Products Formulations
  • Personnel
  • Flavor Specialist for a Flavor
  • Manufacturer
  • Coloring Specialist for a Pigment
  • Manufacturer
  • Perfumer Specialist for a Perfume
  • Odorant Manufacturer
Private and Non-profit Organizations
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Companies
  • Cosmetic Manufacturers
  • Personal Care Products Manufacturers
  • Household Products Manufacturer
  • Chemical Ingredient Manufacturers
  • Colleges/Universities Teaching Institutions
  • OTC Manufacturers
Government Agencies
  • U.S. Public Health Service
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Pharmacopeia

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Last Updated: 8/16/17