stylist drying hair on manikin

Students will learn professional level techniques in hair design, chemical processes, esthetics, and nail technology. Prepares student for state certification for the Illinois Cosmetology License from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulations. The Cosmetology degree requires a minimum of 68 credits in program requirements and general education in the courses listed below.

For more information about Cosmetology, please visit the program page.

Degree Requirements

Field of Study Code: COSME.AAS

Program Requirements
COSME 1101Introduction to Cosmetology3
COSME 1103Chemical Services I3
COSME 1105Hair Styling I3
COSME 1107Thermal Styling I3
COSME 1111Hair Styling II3
COSME 1113Chemical Services II3
COSME 1115Salon Operations I2
COSME 1117Esthetics and Nail Technology I3
COSME 2201Hair Styling III3
COSME 2203Chemical Services III3
COSME 2205Esthetics and Nail Technology II3
COSME 2207Salon Safety and Sanitation2
COSME 2221Hair Styling IV3
COSME 2223Chemical Services IV3
COSME 2225Salon Operations II3
COSME 2227Thermal Styling II2
COSME 2250License Review3
General Education
Select 18 to 22 credits 118-22
Program Electives
Select two credits from Cosmetology courses2
Total Credits68-72

In addition to the courses listed above.

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A.S. degree, please visit the A.A.S. degree catalog page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Please note: A student's readiness to perform college-level coursework is based on the student's placement test and/or ACT scores. Below 1000-level coursework may be required prior to the student taking courses in the suggested sequences.

This is a typical program map; please meet with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss the details.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Gen EdMathematics 3-5
COSME 1101 Introduction to Cosmetology 3
COSME 1103 Chemical Services I 3
COSME 1105 Hair Styling I 3
COSME 1107 Thermal Styling I 3
ENGLI 1101
English Composition I
or Workplace Writing
COSME 1111 Hair Styling II 3
COSME 1113 Chemical Services II 3
COSME 1115 Salon Operations I 2
COSME 1117 Esthetics and Nail Technology I 3
Gen EdCommunication (Speech) 3
Second Year
Gen EdPhysical and Life Sciences 3-5
COSME 2201 Hair Styling III 3
COSME 2203 Chemical Services III 3
COSME 2205 Esthetics and Nail Technology II 3
COSME 2207 Salon Safety and Sanitation 2
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
Gen EdHumanities and Fine Arts 3
COSME 2221 Hair Styling IV 3
COSME 2223 Chemical Services IV 3
COSME 2225 Salon Operations II 3
COSME 2227 Thermal Styling II 2
COSME 2250 License Review 3
 Total Credits66-70

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural or interest-based Student Club.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.