Spelman College Launches Online Cosmetic Science Certification Program

Posted By Madilyn Moeller, Wednesday, April 19, 2023


As part of its online education platform eSpelman, Atlanta’s Spelman College, a leading historically Black college for women, has introduced a cosmetic science certification program, conceptualized by chemistry and biochemistry professor Leyte Winfield. The certificate is separate from the traditional curriculum and is available to students outside of Spelman. Eventually, Winfield aims to move the certificate toward a bachelor’s degree level.

In addition to a group of colleagues at Spelman, Winfield worked with individuals from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists who provided insight on different resources to create the curriculum. To achieve certification, students are required to take five courses on subject matters such as toxicology, regulation and the psychology of beauty.

The program kicked off in April 2023 and each course runs for eight weeks. Notably, participants do not need a chemistry background or do not need to be pursuing a chemistry degree in order to participate.

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