Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources School of Packaging Undergraduate Programs Packaging
The School of Packaging offers a program of instruction leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The program combines basic principles of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and materials science with a cognate in business to prepare students for rewarding careers in the manufactured products industries. Career opportunities are plentiful since some form of packaging is involved in the production and movement to market of nearly every item of consumption in today’s economy. In addition to careers in companies that use packaging, attractive opportunities are also available in the package supply industries. Package supplier industries include companies that print and convert paper and flexible plastic materials as well as manufacturers of such diverse items as bottles, cans, folding cartons, corrugated boxes, drums, wooden containers, pallets, pails, tubes, vials, and jars. Packaging impacts most functions in manufacturing firms so graduates may work in package development, production, quality control, research, sales, purchasing, marketing, testing, distribution, or technical services.
In its flexibility, the program allows students to leverage their personal skills and interests and to make individualized choices. Elective courses provide for broad, general preparation or for focused study in food packaging, medical packaging, pharmaceutical packaging, automotive packaging, distribution, robotics, and other areas.
Admission as a Junior
Enrollments in the School of Packaging are limited. To be considered for admission to the major, the student must have:
Completed at least 56 credits.
Completed the following courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course:
Mathematics 124 or 133.
The student's cumulative grade–point average for all courses completed is considered in the admission decision. Factors such as work experience, personal experience, and diversity may also be considered.
For additional information about admissions criteria and procedures, students should contact the School of Packaging.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Packaging
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Packaging major is met by completing Packaging 315 and 485. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below.
Students who are enrolled in the Packaging major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Packaging may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Chemistry 141,143 and 161; Biological Science 161; or Food Science 342 or Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 201. The completion of Chemistry 143 and 161 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Chemistry 141, 143 and 161; Biological Science 161; Food Science 342 or Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 201 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 3. below.
The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirement may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
The requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Science degree.
Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
The following requirements for the major:
All of the following courses (57 credits):
Survey of Accounting Concepts
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Chemistry Laboratory I
Principles of Packaging
Packaging with Glass and Metal
Packaging Decision Systems (W)
Packaging with Paper and Paperboard
Packaging with Plastics
Distribution Packaging Dynamics
Package Development Technology
Packaging Development (W)
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Cell and Molecular Biology
Food Safety and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Program
Fundamentals of Microbiology
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Business
Three of the following courses (9 credits).
Principles of Advertising
Introduction to Finance
Introduction to Business Law
Management Skills and Processes
Introduction to Marketing
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Nine additional credits in Packaging courses excluding Packaging 490 and 492. Up to three credits in a packaging internship completed under Packaging 493 and up to 3 credits in a packaging overseas study program completed under Packaging 491 may be counted toward this requirement.