Department of Packaging Science

BS in Packaging Science


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The Packaging Science program at RIT is one of the most unique and respected in the country. One of only a handful in the nation to offer the program, the discipline provides students exposure to laboratory experience and real life problem solving. Embedded into the program is the required full-time co-op within a company. RIT is the only institute in the country that requires all Packaging Science students to experience this opportunity. This allows students to develop their professional skills, expand their real world experience, and most importantly broadens their industry contacts. Graduates are rewarded with highly developed skills, extensive materials background and initiative knowledge of their application.

RIT's Packaging Science program was first established in 1972. It is an interdisciplinary degree that leads to either a bachelors or masters of science. RIT's relationship with industry leaders and the skills students obtain in development, sales, and purchasing results in professional careers within this multi-billion dollar industry. This relationship, along with the faculty being packaging professionals, ensures that students acquire the most current technological knowledge base.

Program Characteristics

The program is:

  1. Career oriented-graduates are ready to enter directly into a position of responsibility.
  2. Interdisciplinary-students become familiar with the many facets of packaging through courses in several RIT colleges.
  3. Adaptable to a modified cooperative plan-scheduled at the students' convenience, following development of appropriate skills.
  4. Representative of industry needs content developed with the assistance of an industry advisory board, consultants from the industry and educational specialists.

Transfer Admissions

Transferring into the program with advanced standing is particularly advantageous, since RIT has had many years of experience in assimilating graduates of two-year colleges into its programs and moving them directly into a chosen career field. Some candidates in two-year colleges will find in the packaging science program a career opportunity with outstanding potential. Courses for associate degree holders (AA, AS, AAS) are arranged to meet program requirements and to correct deficiencies resulting from work taken at other institutions not offering the courses required for graduation. With a selective choice of electives, graduates of two-year colleges find it possible to complete the packaging science curriculum in two additional years at RIT.

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Types of jobs a person might have in this field

  • Packaging Engineer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Process Engineer, Packaging
  • Principal Engineer
  • Associate Packaging Engineer
  • Structural Designer
  • Packaging Technology Manager
  • Packaging Development Engineer
  • Technical Package Development
  • Packaging Technician
  • R&D Packaging Technologist
  • Product Design Assistant
  • Project Manager
  • Lab Technician
  • Packaging Engineer I
  • Corrugated Designer
  • Cosmetic Package Engineer

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Typical Course Sequence(Semesters) Effective Fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7A: Calculus 3
CHMG-121 Chemical Principles and Applications 3
PACK-101 Introduction to Packaging 1
PACK-151 Packaging Design I 3
LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
MATH-172 LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus 3
CHMG-123 Chemistry of Materials 3
LAS Perspective 1 3
PACK-152 Packaging Design II 3
Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
LAS Perspective 2, 3 6
CHMG-201 Introduction to Organic Polymer Technology 3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 5: College Physics 1 4
PACK-211 Packaging Metals and Plastics 3
PACK-212 Packaging Paper and Glass 3
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
PHYS-112 College Physics II 4
PACK-311 Containers I 3
PACK-312 Containers II 3
Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
LAS Perspective 4 3
MEDG-106 LAS Perspective 6: Microbiology in Health and Disease 3
STAT-146 Introduction to Statistics II 4
MKTG-230 Principles of Marketing 3
PACK-421 Packaging for Distribution 3
LAS Immersion 1 3
PACK-430 Packaging Regulations 3
PACK-422 Dynamics and Protective Packaging 3
PACK-420 Technical Communications 3
Packaging Elective 3
Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
Free Electives 6
PACK-470 Food Packaging 3
PACK-451 Packaging Development 3
Packaging Electives 6
PACK-481 Packaging for Marketing and End Use 3
PACK-471 Packaging Supply Chain 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 121

Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

*Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

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Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for semesters will be coming soon.

Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

The BS in Packaging Science is accredited by:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680
Telephone (215) 662-5600

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