Article by: Perry Romanowski

We just received word that the University of Toledo will be starting a new Pharmaceutics/Cosmetic Science Major in the fall of 2012.

This will be a four-year degreed program that will result in a BS. in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

For a list of the courses in the curriculum, see this list.

This is a new program but it promises to be a good one. I know they have been in contact with industry professionals to help develop the curriculum.

The first class is going to consist of between 30 and 40 students. If you are interested in more information you can contact Ken Alexander by email or Ms Crystal Taylor at for further information.

See this post for more information about other cosmetic science programs.


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    I was wondering which undergraduate major is a better to pursue graduate school for cosmetic science, pharmaceutical sciences or chemistry?


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      Both can be good. Most cosmetic chemists I know have degrees in Chemistry. However, Pharmaceutical Sciences can certainly prepare you for Cosmetic Science graduate school .

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        Hi Perry,

        To begin with, I’d like to first let you know that for me to say that this site has been extremely useful for me since I discovered it a few years ago. Now, at 21 I am in the process of obtaining my BA in Chemistry from UIC. I’ve also interned/worked at a contract manufacturer for the past 7 summers now, and I really hope you read this because I’d really like your input. I have been considering transferring to the University of Toledo to finish off my degree in Pharmaceutics/Cosmetic Science Major instead of just Chemistry, and I’ve read more than once and seen practically how actual lab experience is the best way to become a great formulator. However, do you believe pursuing this course of action would be better suited perhaps than just receiving my degree in Chemistry at UIC? I plan on pursuing a Masters as well, hopefully at Farleigh Dickinson afterwards if that helps.

        Hope to hear from you soon, please feel free to email me directly as well, and again, I really appreciate the time you put in to this site. Thanks!!

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          Perry Romanowski

          Hello Sohab,

          Thanks for the kind words. I think it would be worthwhile to join the University of Toledo program. They have some professional chemists involved in the program who could help you with cosmetic industry contacts. Also, it will give you a good introduction to the Masters work you would be doing at Fairleigh Dickinson.

          Hope that helps and good luck!

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