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Packaging Science BS

Daniel Goodwin, Program Chair
(585) 475-5557, dlgipk@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cast/packaging/bs-in-packaging-science.php

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

The packaging science major requires two blocks of cooperative education in addition to course work.

Curriculum

Packaging science, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 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
  YearOne 0
  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, 312 Containers I, II 6
  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 New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

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

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

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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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

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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)

CourseQrt. 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.