Personal Care Science Course Descriptions


16:137:570  Fundamentals of Personal Care Science (Fall, 3). 
This course is an introduction to problem solving techniques in personal care science.  The course will contain lecture, laboratory and interactive case study format.  This format will be used to study various aspects of personal care chemistry; including emulsions, raw materials, hair and skin biology, haircare and skincare products, claims substantiation, international and national regulatory guidelines. Topics will first be introduced through lectures and then developed further through either hands-on laboratory examples, or individual study. Student groups will be assigned a case study problem in either skincare or haircare research/ development. The topic will be addressed from the perspective of defining a problem, formulating options for solving a problem, choosing a course of action, considering the implications of various actions, and evaluating possible results/outcomes.  The case studies will be presented to the class at the end of the semester.

16:137:571  Product Development & Formulation in Personal Care Science (Spring, 3).
This course is intended to be a follow-on for students who have taken the Fundamental course or who have prior work experience in the personal care industry. It is divided into two main cosmetic categories: - “rinse-off and leave-on” products.  Hands-on projects will enable the students to practically apply cosmetic science into the formulation of many products adopting the mindset of the cosmetic science formulator, not the empirical formulator. The course will discuss key raw materials, main technologies, and the composition of a large number of products. It will follow the steps of the development process of a cosmetic product from the selection of the raw materials to composition reasoning, preparation on the bench, specifications, stability testing, etc.  There will be hands-on training on sensorial assessment of skin care products, and hydration measurements using electrical impedance

16:137:572  Fragrance Applications in Personal Care Science (Fall, 3).
Fragrances represent a multi-billion dollar market within the chemical industry and an area of active research. This course is designed to demonstrate how fragrance chemistry is applied to the largest market for fragrances, Personal Care products. We will explore the classifications of olfactive ingredients, show how complex fragrances are composed and applied, and the mechanisms of fragrance performance. 

16:137:582 Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs (Spring, 3).
An overview of the laws, regulations, and regulatory agencies governing Pharmaceuticals, Devices, Biologics and Combination Products marketed in the US and in the world. The course also discusses the historical context in which the FDA evolved; its structure and its relationship with other US regulatory agencies. The course will provide an overview of market clearance pathways for drugs, biologics, medical devices and combination products so that the development and delivery of safe and effective healthcare products can be expedited. This course will emphasize teamwork, oral communication skills, and written communication skills.

16:137:554  Fundamentals of Sustainability (Fall, 3)
The goal of this course is to understand how sustainability affects the formation, distribution and recycling of capital resources – from concepts to transactions. The focus will be on the concept of sustainability and how it relates to science, technology and business. We will be focusing on the respective role of Government and the motivations of the Private Sector; the role of regulation as the motivator for the private sector; the role of corporate social responsibility or some combination. Emphasis will also be on sustainability opportunities in the marketplace. Most of the case examples will focus on US examples, but occasional reference will be made to international case material. The course is designed to provide a comprehensive survey platform from which participants can move into more detailed research and participation on each topic. Emphasis on the blocks may vary depending on the professional and educational makeup of the class. Every attempt is made to keep the discussion and research in current, practical, mode. One or two lab sessions with Sustainability Tools will also be included.

16:680:494  Applied Microbiology (Fall, 3)
This course covers principles of applied microbiology and microbial technology. The course provides an overview on the utilization and application of microbes in different products and processes, and the importance of disease-causing organisms as they relate to these processes and public health.

22:799:692  Supply Chain Management (Spring, 3)
This course provides a broad overview of key supply chain strategies, issues and challenges. Successful supply chain management requires cross-functional integration of key business processes within the firm and across the network of firms that comprise the supply chain. The challenge is to determine how to successfully accomplish this integration. Other topics covered include the management aspects of logistics networks, forecasting, inventory management, supply contracts, strategic alliances, supply chain integration and design, procurement and outsourcing, customer value, international issues, and a quick review of supply chain software. Case studies, supplemented with a Supply Chain Simulation, and guest speakers are used to illustrate the issues discussed in lectures.

16:137:510 Drug Development from Concept to Market (Fall, 3)
The first part of the course will be an industry overview and orientation of the process of the development of a pharmaceutical product. An interactive case study format will be used to study the developmental history of specific drug candidates throughout the course, starting with the target identification and method of drug discovery, through the development of lead compounds, patent filings, drug refinement, clinical trials, regulatory approvals and marketing processes. These sessions will be led by members of the pharmaceutical industry who will discuss their roles in the developmental pipeline

16:400:513  Food Chemistry Fundamentals  (Fall, 3)
This course is a survey of the chemistry of food molecules, their interactions in foods, and their contributions to the quality and shelf-life of foods. Specific sections of the course will cover water, physical properties, lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, bioactive components and food colors, and interactions among food molecules in specific foods. The course will emphasize relationships between the chemical structure, reactivity, and physical properties of food molecules and the properties of the foods of which they are a part.

16:160:509  Organic Chemistry of High Polymers (Fall, 3)
This course is for advanced undergraduates and graduate students with a working knowledge of organic chemistry. This course is an introduction to the chemistry and materials properties of high polymers. The underlying rationale of this course is to provide chemists as well as chemical and biomedical engineers a sound understanding of the key principles that differentiate polymers as unique materials. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to select polymers for specific industrial/medical applications, comprehend the scientific literature in polymer chemistry, and conduct applications-related research involving polymeric materials. In addition, students will gain experience in critically evaluating the current state of polymer research and composing research proposals on novel applications of polymer science. Prior knowledge of polymer chemistry or materials science is not required. This course is not recommended for students who are conversant with polymer science or have previously taken an introductory polymer chemistry course.

11:115:422  Biochemical Mechanisms of Toxicology (Fall, 3)
Description: General principles of toxicology are covered with an emphasis on biochemical mechanisms. The course covers specific toxicants and their effects on primarily specific organ systems in eukaryotes. The emphasis is to discuss how morphological/physiological changes are a result of cellular and biochemical processes. Students are expected to gain a fundamental understanding of Toxicology and the underlying principles that result in tissue damage. The information discussed in this class will allow the student to see the relationships between chemistry, physiology, and biochemical courses taken in their major.

16:720:523  Dermaceutics (Spring, 3)
“Dermaceutics” is an in-depth full semester course designed for graduate-level students as well as scientists in the pharmaceutical/personal care and cosmetic industries who need to learn more about the fundamentals of skin, skin absorption, topical/transdermal compound delivery and methodologies for testing the penetration of compounds into skin. We will cover in vivo clinical testing as well as issues with regulatory and intellectual property/patent aspects of formulations and actives applied to the skin

16:682:501  Microbial Life (Fall, 3)
Molecular aspects of the origin of life, microbial evolution, properties and synthesis of the major biological polymers, transport phenomena, metabolic pathways and regulation, cellular control mechanisms, virology, pathogenic microbiology, and food and industrial microbiology.

16:155:541 Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering (3)
The course provides an introduction to pharmaceutical materials engineering as applied to designing and optimizing pharmaceutical processes and products. The course will focus on the production, characterization and usage of pharmaceutical materials. The course will examine the relationship between pharmaceutical materials and pharmaceutical products.

22:799:691 Project Management (3)
This course will present the traditional foundations of project management and introduce students to the world of real life project problems. Upon completion of this course, students will understand the basic concepts and critical factors of initiating, planning, organizing, controlling, and running a project. They will be able to develop a project plan and adopt their project management style to the unique project characteristics. The course will prepare them to take the PMP Exam of the Project Management Institute and become Professional Project Managers.