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The Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging Science prepares students for careers in industries producing and utilizing packages for all types of products. Packaging is an essential part of industrialized economies, protecting, preserving, and helping to market products. The field of packaging is highly competitive and highly innovative, requiring an ever-increasing number of professional positions.

Opportunities for employment include a wide variety of career paths such as manufacturing, marketing, sales, design, purchasing, quality assurance, and customer services. Most career opportunities are in positions requiring technical knowledge combined with marketing and management skills.

The core curriculum assures graduates of having the skills and knowledge required by most entry-level packaging positions. Emphasis area choices or approved minors allow students to select courses to improve career preparation for specific industry segments, including: Distribution and Transportation; Engineering Technology; Food and Health Care Packaging; Materials; Business Administration; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science and Policy, Management.

Students changing majors to Packaging Science must have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point ratio.

 

Undergraduate Curriculum.

Freshman Year
First Semester
PKGSC 101 Packaging Orientation*1.................. 1
BIOL103 General Biology I................................ 3
BIOL105 General Biology Lab I.......................... 1
CH 101 General Chemistry.................................. 4
MTHSC 106 Calculus of One Variable I.............. 4
Social Science Requirement*2............................. 3
   
Total semester hours 16
Second Semester
PKGSC 102 Intro to Packaging Science*1............ 2
PKGSC 103 Packaging Science E-Portfolio.......... 1
BIOL 104 General Biology II.............................. 3
BIOL 106 General Biology Lab II........................ 1
CH 102 General Chemistry.................................. 4
ENGL 103 Accelerated Composition.................... 3
   

Total semester hours

14
Sophmore Year

First Semester*3

PKGSC 202 Packaging Materials & Manuf*1 4
CH 201 Survey Organic Chemistry or.................. 4
CH 223 Organic Chemistry and........................... 3
CH 227 Organic Chemistry Lab........................... 1
COMM 250 Public Speaking............................... 3
PHYS 207 General Physics I and.......................... 3
PHYS 209 General Physics I Lab or..................... 1
PHYS 122 Physics w/Calculus I and.................... 3
PHYS 124 Physics Lab II................................... 1
   
Total semester hours 15

Second Semester*3

PKGSC 201 Packaging Perishable Products....... 3
PKGSC 204 Container Systems*1.................... 3
PKGSC 206 Container Systems Lab*1............... 1
PHYS 208 General Physics II and....................... 3
PHYS 210 General Physics II Lab or................... 1
PKGSC 220 Packaging Design........................... 2
PHYS 221 Physics w/Calculus II and.................. 3
PHYS 223 Physics Lab II.................................... 1
CTE 220 Intro to Tech Drawing & CAD.............. 3
Departmental Requirement *4................................ 3
   
Total semester hours 17

Summer

CO-OP 101 Cooperative Education*5....................... 0

JUNIOR YEAR

First Semester

PKGSC 320 Package Design Fundamentals......... 3
PKGSC 368 Packaging & Society......................... 3
PKGSC 368 Packaging & Society......................... 3
PKGSC 430 Converting for Flexible Packaging.... 3
PKGSC 440 Packaging for Distribution................ 3
Emphasis Area Requirement*6............................... 3
   
Total semester hours 15
Second Semester
PKGSC 401 Packaging Machinery..................... 3
PKGSC 404 Mechanical Properties of Packages & Principles of Protective Packaging*7................ 3
PKGSC 454 Product and Package Eval Lab*7...... 1
ENGL 314 Technical Writing................................ 3
Arts & Humanities (Literature) Requirement*2....... 3
Emphasis Area Requirement*6............................... 3
  16
Total semester hours  
SENIOR YEAR

First Semester

PKGSC 416 Appl of Polymers in Packaging...... 4
PKGSC 464 Food & Health Care Pkg Syst ....... 4
EXST 301 Introductory Statistics......................... 3
Emphasis Area Requirement*6............................ 3
   
Total semester hours 14

Second Semester

PKGSC 403 Packaging Career Preparation............ 1
PKGSC 420 Package Design & Development........ 3
APEC 202 Ag Econ or............................................ 3
ECON 211 Principles of Microeconomics........... ... 3
Arts & Humanities (Non-Lit) Requirement*2........... 3
Emphasis Area Requirement*6................................ 6
   
Total semester hours 16
 

Total Semester Hours – 123

 

 

Approved minors are:

  • Business Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Policy Management

Emphasis areas consist of 15 credit hours selected from one of the following areas (additional emphasis area courses may be approved by emphasis area coordinator):

  • Distribution and TransportationSee Advisor for approved emphasis area courses.
  • Engineering and TechnologySee Advisor for approved emphasis area courses.
  • Food and Health Care PackagingSee Advisor for approved emphasis area courses.
  • Package Design and GraphicsSee Advisor for approved emphasis area courses.
  • MaterialsSee Advisor for approved emphasis area courses.
  • International PackagingSee Advisor for approved emphasis area courses.
  • Marketing/FinanceSee Advisor for approved emphasis area courses.

 

*1 A “C” or better is required in this course for graduation.

*2 See General Education Requirements. Three of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement. Note: Social Science Requirement must be in an area other than economics or applied economics. A 200-level or higher foreign language course is recommended to satisfy the Arts and Humanities (Non-literature) Requirement

*3 Students interested in minors or emphasis areas should take any prerequisites in the sophomore year.

*4 At least one 15-week period (6 months preferred) of Cooperative Education is required.

*5 PKGSC 404 and 454 must be taken concurrently.

*6 Completion of an approved minor or emphasis is required.