A.S. in Cosmetology

The Cosmetology Degree is a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for a wide range of careers within the beauty industry. The curriculum offers theoretical and practical instruction. Through interactive demonstrations and hands-on applications, students acquire knowledge, language skills for career opportunities in haircutting, hairstyling, colorist, chemical specialist, skin and nail technicians, sales and entrepreneurship. Students will understand the importance of professionalism and artistic endeavor in this diverse industry.

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Cosmetology A.S. Degree will:

  1. Be prepared to pass the California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology written exam and acquire licensure.
  2. Be trained theoretically and practically in the disciplines of haircutting, haircoloring, chemical training, hairstyling and skin & nail care. 
  3. Be inspired and challenged artistically through projects, community service and collaborative work with partnering industry professionals.

This degree requires meeting the Citrus College General Education and proficiency requirements combined with successful completion (grades of “C” and above) of the following major requirements:

Required courses:
COS 141Introduction to Cosmetology8.5
COS 181Haircutting8.5
COS 185Skin Care9.5
COS 186Nail Care4
COS 191Hairstyling8.5
COS 201Chemicals8.5
or COS 202 Chemicals
Total Units47.5

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Co-requisite MATH course (2 units) and/or substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
COS 141 Introduction to Cosmetology 8.5
COS 161
or Haircutting
or Skin Care
or Hairstyling
or Chemicals
Winter Term 1
COS 151 Citrus Salon Experience 2.5
Spring Term 1
Select two courses from COS  
COS 161
or Haircutting
or Skin Care
or Hairstyling
or Chemicals
Summer Term 1
COS 161
or Haircutting
or Skin Care
or Hairstyling
or Chemicals
Fall Term 2
COS 161
or Haircutting
or Skin Care
or Hairstyling
or Chemicals
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
KIN 170
Fitness for Life
or Health and Wellness
or Health and Wellness - Honors
or Introduction to Nutrition
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
or Public Address
or Public Address - Honors
or Small Group Communication
Winter Term 2
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
Spring Term 2
ANTH 212 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH 212L Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab 1
MATH 160
Mathematics for Everyday Living - A Liberal Arts Course
or Introductory Statistics
or Introductory Statistics - Honors
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of the African-Americans to 1876
or History of the African-Americans since 1876
or History of Women in the United States
ENGL 290
Ethnic Voices in Film
or Children's Literature
or Children's Literature - Honors
or Literature of the Bible
or American Food And Culture: Global Origins, History, and Current Impacts
or Great Religions of the World
or Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
 Total Units81.5

 Note: Course selections may affect total unit value.  

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.