Cosmetology, Associate in Applied Science


Harry S Truman

Program Code: 0461

Program Requirements

General Education Coursework
ENGLISH 101Composition3
Mathematics course3
CIS 120Introduction to Computer Applications3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD)3
BUSINES 111Introduction To Business3
or BUSINES 216 Entrepreneurship
Required Program Core
COSMET 101Intro to Cosmetology/Barbering6
COSMET 102Hair Cutting Technology6
COSMET 103Basic Styling Technology6
COSMET 104Basic Chemical Technology6
COSMET 105Salon Technology I7
COSMET 106Salon Technology II7
COSMET 201Advanced Cosmetology6
COSMET 202Cosmetology Summative Seminar6
Total Hours65


This is an example course sequence for students interested in Cosmetology. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Advanced Certificate (AC) and Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) in Cosmetology. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
COSMET 101 Intro to Cosmetology/Barbering 6
COSMET 102 Hair Cutting Technology 6
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
Semester 2
COSMET 103 Basic Styling Technology 6
COSMET 104 Basic Chemical Technology 6
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Applications 1 3
Semester 3
COSMET 105 Salon Technology I 7
COSMET 106 Salon Technology II 7
Semester 4
COSMET 201 Advanced Cosmetology 6
COSMET 202 Cosmetology Summative Seminar 6
Semester 5
MATH 118 General Education Math 1 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD) 1 3
Introduction To Business 1
or Entrepreneurship
 Total Hours66

General Education Requirement

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Job Description

Provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$17,832
Median 50th Percentile$34,518
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$80,998

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$9
Median 50th Percentile$17
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$39

Annual Job Openings

1595 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less20.93%
A certificate78.97%
Some college0.10%
An Associate degree0.00%
A Bachelor's degree0.00%
A Master's or Professional degree0.00%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

0.00% continue their education beyond an associate degree