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Packaging Science BS

A packaging engineering degree in which you'll craft inventive ways to package a range of products–from food and cosmetics to electronics and consumer products–for transportation, storage, display, and presentation.

Program skills

The program emphasizes the application of fundamental concepts, theory, innovation, critical thinking and communication on practical problems. Studies in packaging science include examining the procedures for developing new, improved packages; testing the physical and chemical properties of materials; and learning structural design by making and testing sample containers in the department’s advanced testing facility. Students also learn the industry’s legal aspects, as well as economic, energy and environmental considerations in packaging development and production.

Program facilities equipment

The extensive facilities include a state-of-the-art packaging dynamics lab, modern computer lab, packaging attribute assessment lab, and the American Packaging Corporation Packaging Innovation Center.  Students learn to perform packaging evaluations and report results.

Program job titles reported

Packaging Engineer; Packaging Designer; Product Engineer; Packaging Scientist; Packaging Engineering and Merchandising Manager; Package Engineering Technician; Packaging Sales; Structural Designer; Packaging and Display Sales; Packaging Development Engineer; Packaging Project Management Engineer; Display Services Specialist

Select program hiring partners

AeroSafe Global, American Packaging Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive, CONMED, CooperVision, Fresenius Kabi, GlaxoSmithKline, Hammer Packaging, Hasbro, Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, Medtronic, Menasha Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., Milwaukee Tool, Mondelez International, PepsiCo, Revlon, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Smith & Nephew, Stanley Black & Decker


  • Automotive

  • Biotech and Life Sciences

  • Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Design

  • Food and Beverage

  • Medical Devices

  • Manufacturing

  • Pharmaceuticals


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 98.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 2.00%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 98.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 2.00%

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success

Students in the packaging science degree are required to complete two co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer blocks. You'll alternate periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in your career field. In some circumstances, other forms of experiential education (e.g., study abroad, research, military service) may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op advisor to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.