College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

Cosmetic Science is a multidisciplinary applied science. Cosmetic science majors study the art, science and business of cosmetics. They learn to develop, formulate and produce cosmetics and personal care products. They also study regulations and how to assess products’ safety, performance and quality.


Career Opportunities:  UToledo graduates are in enormous demand. Nearly all of recent graduates have found jobs in the cosmetics industry. Graduates in the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program are skilled in developing and testing new and novel products, or improving existing ones. They assess the quality, performance, safety and packaging compatibility of products. Graduates can work as cosmetic chemists, research associates, quality control specialists, marketing associates, technical sales representatives, and regulatory specialists for raw materials suppliers, finished goods manufacturers, contract manufacturers and testing laboratories. Graduates can also move on to graduate studies in the field, or other professional schools.


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

As a specialist in Cosmetic Science & Formulation Design, you will aid in developing, formulating, manufacturing, testing, and marketing cosmetics and personal care products such as lipstick, eyeshadow, shampoo, hair coloring and other products for adults, children and babies.  Cosmetic Science & Formulation Design majors are prepared for careers in:

  • Research
  • Skin, hair and nail therapy
  • Product development and formulation
  • Production/manufacturing
  • Quality control and quality assurance
  • Packaging
  • Product stability testing
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Acute and chronic toxicity testing
  • Consumer affairs

Cosmetic Science & Formulation Design majors are also prepared to pursue a M.S. degree or Ph.D. degree in Cosmetic Science or similar fields. There are other opportunities to enter medical/osteopathic, dental, M.B.A., or law programs.

A Sample of Related Career Opportunities

  • Raw Ingredient Suppliers
  • Research, Sales or Marketing Positions
  • Consumer Safety Officer
  • Formulation Chemist*
  • Cosmetic Lab Technician*
  • Associate Research Scientist-Formulation*
  • Product Development and Formulation Chemist*
  • R&D Junior Chemist*
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance
  • Personal Care Product Formulator
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Manufacturing/Production Technologist
  • Regulatory Labeling Analyst*
  • Technical Marketing Associate*

Types of Employers 

Private and Nonprofit Organizations
    • Cosmetic Product Manufacturers
    • Personal Care Product Manufacturers
    • Pharmaceutical Industry
    • Household Products Manufacturers
    • Cosmetic Testing Laboratories
    • Raw Ingredient Suppliers
    • Contract Manufacturers
    • Colleges/Universities, Other Teaching  Institutions
    • OTC Product Manufacturers
    • U.S. Public Health Service           
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • National Institutes of Health                 
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • U.S. Pharmacopeia
    • Federal Trade Commission

Links for Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design Majors

Last Updated: 4/13/22