Feb 01, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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EB 3850 - Cosmetics: Science, Engineering & Technology

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Cosmetics products draw on the most advanced science and engineering technologies to create a growing industry of esthetic products. Cosmetic engineers, chemists, and formulators ensure the beauty products that make it onto store shelves meet industry standards for safety and consumer expectations for quality. The course will provide knowledge on the skills needed to fulfill the responsibilities of a cosmetic engineer, including tasks such as enforcing the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) cosmetic regulations, ensuring formula components work well together, and employing the best methods that will securely package and market such products. (prereq: junior standing and CH 223  or equivalent course)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the difference between cosmetics and makeup
  • Identify and name different types of cosmetic ingredients and formulate and identify product biochemical functions
  • Identify the impact of the cosmetic industry on society
  • Analyze and apply the interrelationship of cosmetic technology with those of the human body and metabolic processes essential to body functions
  • Participate in scientific conversations about science, engineering ,and technology of cosmetics using correct terminology
  • Identify the latest technologies and emerging and contemporary trends in the field-specific applications biotechnological mechanisms, and their impact on the personal care industry
  • Understand challenges faced as the use of biotechnology expands in the personal care industry 
  • Illustrate how personal care products are developed
  • Understand the future of personal care product development and use 

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Names and structures of biomolecules
  • Basic chemistry and biochemistry concepts

Course Topics
  • Introduction
  • Difference between make up and cosmetics
  • History of cosmetics
  • Basic cosmetic chemistry - Are cosmetics drugs, neutraceuticals or soaps, emulsion technology, chemical structure of oils and the form of emulsions, high and low polar oils with unique properties, connection of properties of the oil and emulsion with the organics, emulsion stabilized active ingredients for skin permeation and higher efficiency.
  • Cosmeceuticals and common cosmetic ingredients
  • Prohibited cosmetic ingredients, hypoallergenic cosmetics
  • Color additives, shelf lives, hair, skin, and eye cosmetics
  • Safety evaluation and assessment of cosmetics, labeling language vs labeling information, material facts, warning statements 
  • Consumers and stake holders
  • Packaging and marketing
  • Industrial regulation and quality: Compliance with and enforcement of laws and related FDA regulations for cosmetics. Research related to cosmetic products, ingredients, and testing
  • National and international activities; FDA’s involvement in international activities related to cosmetics, including imports and exports
  • FD&C Act: Adulterated cosmetics, misbranded cosmetics, regulations making exemptions
  • Formulation approaches and formulas
  • Production and scale up
  • Cosmetics surgery vs cosmetic dermatology vs cosmetic microbiology
  • Future of cosmetics

Dr. Gul Afshan

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