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Packaging Science BS degree

Daniel P. Johnson, Department Chair
585-475-4974, dpjeie@rit.edu

Program overview

Packaging is increasingly related to total marketing concepts. It has even greater dependence on new developments in materials and processes. Therefore, the industry requires management personnel with creativity and a strong background in business, engineering, and science.

The packaging science major prepares students for employment in areas such as package development, sales, purchasing, structural design, production, research, and marketing. The major was developed as a result of a close and long-established relationship between the packaging industry and RIT. This multi-billion-dollar industry exhibits dynamic growth and provides employment for thousands of professionals with wide-ranging skills and expertise.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education, or co-op, is an increasingly valuable integrated, co-curricular experience required by many programs in the college. Students gain real-world experience and make life-long professional connections while earning a salary, which may help offset college costs. Engineering technology students are required to complete four co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer terms, alternating periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in their career field. In some circumstances other forms of experiential education, such as study abroad, research, or military service, may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op adviser to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.

Curriculum

Packaging science, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-171 Calculus A 3
CHMG-141 General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
PACK-101 Introduction to Packaging 1
PACK-151 Packaging Design I 3
MATH-172 Calculus B 3
CHMG-123 Chemistry of Materials 3
PACK-152 Packaging Design II 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  First Year Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CHMG-201 Introduction to Organic Polymer Technology 3
PHYS-111 College Physics I 4
PACK-211 Packaging Metals and Plastics 3
PACK-212 Packaging Paper and Glass 3
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
PACK-311 Containers I 3
PACK-312 Containers II 3
  Environmental Elective† 3
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
  Cooperative Education  Co-op
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
MEDG-106 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 Co-op
Fourth Year
PACK-470 Food Packaging 3
PACK-481 Packaging for Marketing and End Use 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   PACK-471    Packaging Supply Chain  
   DECS-310    Operations Management  
Choose one of the following: 3
   MAAT-368    Gravure and Flexography  
   MAAT-541    Digital Print Processes  
   MAAT-558    Package Printing  
  Packaging Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 121

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† Students may choose one of the following environmental elective courses: Concepts of Environmental Science (ENVS-101), Environment and Society (STSO-220), or Environmental Policy (STSO-421).

Additional information

Industry Advisory Board

The Industry Advisory Board contributes professional and technical expertise to the packaging science major, which strengthens and develops the curriculum to reflect the dynamics and growth of the industry.




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Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

Packaging is increasingly related to total marketing concepts; it has even greater dependence on new developments in materials and processes. Therefore, the industry requires management personnel with creativity and a strong background in business, engineering, and science.

The packaging science program prepares students for employment in areas such as package development, sales, purchasing, structural design, production, research, and marketing.

The program was developed as a result of a close and long-established relationship between the packaging industry and RIT. This multi-billion-dollar industry exhibits dynamic growth and provides employment for thousands of professionals with wide-ranging skills and expertise.

Cooperative education

The packaging science program requires six months of cooperative education in addition to the program’s course work.

Curriculum

Packaging science, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qrt. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0607-201 Principles of Packaging 3
0607-301 Engineering Design Graphics 4
0607-312 Packaging Materials II 4
1016-204 College Algebra and Trigonometry 4
1016-231 Calculus for ET 4
1011-208 College Chemistry 4
1011-273, 277 Introduction to Chemistry of Materials, Lab 4
1011-202, 207 Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Lab 5
0511-211 Principles of Microeconomics 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Wellness Education† 0
1720-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
Second Year
0607-311 Packaging Materials I 4
0607-321 Rigid Containers 4
0607-322 Flexible Containers 4
0607-341 Computer Applications 4
0607-420 Technical Communication 3
2082-371 Principles of Printing 4
0105-363 Principles of Marketing 4
1029-301 Introduction to Polymer Technology 2
1004-210 Microbiology in Health and Disease 4
0511-402 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Wellness Education† 0
0607-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
0607-401 Career Seminar 1
0607-431 Packaging Production Systems 4
0607-432 Packaging for Distribution 4
0607-433 Packaging for Marketing 4
0607-485 Shock and Vibration 4
1017-211, 212 College Physics I, II 8
1016-319, 320 Data Analysis I, II 10
0535-501 Public Speaking 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Elective 4
0607-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0607-462 Packaging Regulations 4
  Professional (Packaging) Electives 12
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Electives 20
Total Quarter Credit Hours 190

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Additional information

Industry Advisory Board

The Industry Advisory Board contributes professional and technical expertise to the packaging science program, which strengthens and develops the program to reflect the dynamics and growth of the industry.