Cosmetic Science Program

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Course List

Required Courses

Course Title Number Credit Hours Semester Prerequisite
Skin Care Science* PCEU8010 3 Fall None
Cosmetic Formulation I: Basic Science* PCEU8020 3 Spring PCEU8010
Hair Care Science PCEU8030 2 Spring/Summer None
Cosmetic Formulation II: Skin and Hair Products PCEU8050 2 Fall PCEU8020
Pharmaceutical Science Journal Club PCEU7004 1 Fall None

Statistical Principles in Clinical Research

Or

Statistical Data Analysis 

PHDD8060

Or

EDST7010

3

Fall

 

All

None
Cosmetic Science Project I (Capstone) PCEU8081 2 All MS Cand.; PCEU8050
Cosmetic Science Project II (Capstone) PCEU8091 2 All PCEU8081
*Please note that only PCEU8010 and PCEU8020 are required for the GC.

Elective Courses

Course Title Number Credit Hours Semester Prerequisite
Molecular Biology of the Skin PCEU8070 2 Spring PCEU8010
Clinical and Instrumental Testing of the Skin PCEU8060 2 Summer PCEU8010
Topical OTC Drug Products PCEU8090 2 Spring PCEU8050
Oral Care Products PCEU8011 1 Summer PCEU8050
Color Cosmetics PCEU8040 2 Spring None
Cosmetic Microbiology PCEU8080 2 Fall None
Pharmacology: Basics and Skin & Cosmetic Applications PCEU8015 2 Summer PCEU8010
Consumer Understanding for Cosmetic and Personal Care Products: Overview and Practice PCEU8016 2 Summer None
Advanced Pharm. Science I PCEU7020 3 Fall None
Cosmetic Science Laboratory PCEU8021L 2 Alt. Summer PCEU8050
Safety Assessment of Cosmetic and Personal Care Products PCEU8005 2 Fall PCEU8050
Global Reg. and Dev. Strategies of Drugs and Medical Devices PHDD8010 3 Fall None
Pharmaceutical Economics and Management PHDD8080 3 Spring None

Course Descriptions

Skincare Science

PCEU 8010; Credit hours 3

Lectures and homework assignments covering basic skin anatomy, epidermis and dermis, dermatological terminology, basic biophysical methods for evaluation of skin, structure of the stratum corneum barrier (SC), and SC barrier homeostasis, skin penetration, skin immune system, skin color, sunscreens, phototoxicity, skin surfactant interactions and skin cleansing, skin and eye irritation, and skin moisturizers and anti-aging products.

Cosmetic formulation I    

PCEU 8020; Credit hours 3

Lectures and homework assignments covering applications of surface and colloid science to liquid formulations, surfactant structures and properties, surfactant phase behavior in relation to cosmetic formulations, applications of surfactant / oil water /phase diagrams to emulsions, applications of colloidal theories to liquid and semisolid dosage forms, methods for preparing and stabilizing emulsions including micro-emulsions, particles size characterization, in disperse systems, rheology, silicones in cosmetic formulations, anti-perspirants, and sunscreen formulation and nano technology for cosmetic formulations.

Haircare Science

PCEU 8030; Credit hours 2

This course covers the science of hair and hair care products. Topics will include hair growth, morphological and macromolecular structure of hair, physical properties of Hair, reducing agents, reactions and kinetics, permanent waving, straightening, and depilation, hair coloring, and bleaching, shampoos and conditioners, laboratory and consumer testing methods for evaluating hair properties, hair damage and repair, hair fixatives, and dandruff.

Cosmetic formulation II

PCEU 8050; Credit hours 2

This course is designed to provide a practical overview of the formulation approaches used for cosmetic and selected OTC drug products broadly intended for skincare, haircare, anti-perspirants and deodorants and oral care. Sufficient background information regarding the anatomy and physiology of the skin and hair and associated appendages, hair and oral cavity will be provided. Relevant colloid and emulsion science will also be included for an understanding of the contexts of the formulation approaches. In addition, pertinent FDA regulations regarding cosmetic and OTC products will be included.   

Journal Club

PCEU 7004; Credit hours 1

This course involves the reading and discussion of published or unpublished scientific research papers in an area relevant to the student’s graduate studies. Many of the discussions will be student led. The literature review session may be supplemented with scientific presentations by students, faculty or visiting scientists.

Statistical principles in clinical research

PHDD 8060; Credit hours 3

This course is designed to teach the statistical principles involved in designing clinical research studies to support new drug development programs. Statistical analysis techniques commonly used will be discussed as well as newer approaches will be considered.

Statistical data analysis-  EDST7010 Credit hours 3

This course introduces students to the fundamental techniques of statistical data analysis that are commonly used in the social and behavioral sciences, such as descriptive statistics and data visualization; fundamental methods of inferential statistics, such as basic hypothesis testing, t-tests, and ANOVA; and the use of statistical software to support data analysis.

Cosmetic science project I (Capstone)

PCEU 8081; Credit hours 2

This course requires comprehensive evaluation of a contemporary issue in cosmetic science or topical drug development that demonstrates competency in multidisciplinary didactic coursework and scientific, regulatory and business aspects of research and development related to personal care or topical drugs.  Students will select topic, perform literature search and analysis and prepare a detailed outline of the problem.

Cosmetic science project II (Capstone)

PCEU 8091; Credit hours 2

This course requires comprehensive evaluation of a contemporary issue in cosmetic science or topical drug development that demonstrates competency in multidisciplinary didactic coursework and scientific, regulatory and business aspects of research and development related to personal care or topical drugs.  Students during this phase of the course will prepare a detailed review article analyzing the problem and present the results in a seminar. The article will be written in a format suitable for publication and submitted to a journal but final acceptance of the article is not required for the completion of the course.  

Journal Club

PCEU 7004; Credit hours 1

This course involves the reading and discussion of published or unpublished scientific research papers in an area relevant to the student’s graduate studies. Many of the discussions will be student led. The literature review session may be supplemented with scientific presentations by students, faculty or visiting scientists.

Statistical principles in clinical research

PHDD 8060; Credit hours 3

This course is designed to teach the statistical principles involved in designing clinical research studies to support new drug development programs.  Statistical analysis techniques commonly used will be discussed as well as newer approaches will be considered.

Cosmetic science project I (Capstone)

PCEU 8081; Credit hours 2

This course requires comprehensive evaluation of a contemporary issue in cosmetic science or topical drug development that demonstrates competency in multidisciplinary didactic coursework and scientific, regulatory and business aspects of research and development related to personal care or topical drugs. Students will select topic, perform literature search and analysis and prepare a detailed outline of the problem. 

Cosmetic science project II (Capstone)

PCEU 8091; Credit hours 2

This course requires comprehensive evaluation of a contemporary issue in cosmetic science or topical drug development that demonstrates competency in multidisciplinary didactic coursework and scientific, regulatory and business aspects of research and development related to personal care or topical drugs.  Students during this phase of the course will prepare a detailed review article analyzing the problem and present the results in a seminar. The article will be written in a format suitable for publication and submitted to a journal but final acceptance of the article is not required for the completion of the course.  


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