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 & Formulation Design, you will aid in developing, formulating, manufacturingg, 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: 8/20/19