Cosmetic Science Certificate at eSpelman

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Cosmetic Science

Program Overview

Safe and effective hair, skin, and nail products are entering the marketplace every day. Carve out more potential for your future path by studying the scientific concepts behind your favorite cosmetics and what it takes to develop new ones.

With the eSpelman Online Cosmetic Science Certificate, you will gain a two-fold understanding of cosmetics. First, you will be introduced to the fundamental science behind cosmetics - the chemistry of what’s going on behind hair, skin, and nails and what that means for product creation.

You will dive into the trends and innovations that influence the current use of cosmetics and personal care products, particularly in communities of African descent. Prevalent concepts will center on common practices in the African Diaspora. You will gain working knowledge through projects, discussions, and other assignments.

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What You'll Learn

Upon completion of the four-course certificate, students will be able to:

  • Describe the historical and popular trends that inform beauty practices in communities of African descent.
  • Understand the basic formulations used to create products for hair, skin, nails, and teeth.
  • Communicate effectively using the appropriate terminology to describe ingredients structure, safety, stability, and function of a cosmetic formulation.
  • Understand the regulations governing the use, production, and marketing of cosmetics.

Department Contact Info

eSpelman at Spelman College

350 Spelman Lane, S.W., Box 1057
Atlanta, GA. 30314


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 Cosmetic Science in the News:

Spelman College Makes History as First HBCU to Introduce Cosmetic Chemistry in STEM Programs.

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eSpelman Information Sessions

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  • High school diploma or equivalent



The online cosmetic science certificate requires the completion of two required courses and two elective course. Students must complete the foundational course, Foundations of Cosmetic Science, before progressing to other required or elective courses.


Course Name
Elective / Required
Foundations of Cosmetic Science Required
Cosmetic Science Lab: Hair and Skin Formulations Required
Molecules of Life for Cosmetics Elective
Toxicology and Regulations for Cosmetic Science Elective
Natural Product in Fragrance Formulation Elective
Make-up for Film and Theater Elective



We are launching this eSpelman Certificate at the inaugural price of $1,800 per course. This deeply-discounted rate will only be available for a limited time.


All courses in this certificate are online and self-paced. Learn in your own time and schedule from anywhere you choose! 

Program Info

2024 Term Start Dates:
Term 1: Monday, Jan. 22
Term 2: Monday, Apr. 22
Term 3: Monday, Aug. 5
Term 4: Monday, Oct. 14
Time Commitment:
Approximately 6 Hours/Week
Program Duration:
Four 8-week courses
Number of College Credits:
$1,800 per course

Spelman Faculty Course Developers

Dr. Leyte Winfield
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Division Chair, Natural Sciences and Mathematics eSpelman Cosmetic Science Certificate Program Leader

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