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BS in Packaging Science


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

Typical Semester Course Sequence

Course Descriptions

Click here for course descriptions.  At the link, click "p" and then click PACK.

Program Educational Objectives

Program Goals

  1. Demonstrate a professional work ethic and commitment to lifelong learning through the clear ability to achieve increasing technical and/or management responsibility
  2. Demonstrate an ability to participate and lead in teams that act as change agents and innovators in the packaging field and related organizations
  3. Demonstrate an ability to design effective new packaging systems, as well as improve the performance of existing packaging systems
  4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate at all  levels of the organization and articulate the economic and organizational importance of packaging to companies, individuals and the community
  5. Demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of the discipline to function in a packaging organization and the ability to apply this knowledge creatively in the design of packaging systems, components or processes appropriate to the project objectives.

Student Learning Outcomes- Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to assess, draw conclusions and apply this knowledge creatively in the design of sustainable and innovative package systems
  2. Demonstrate skills for designing transport packaging that will be compatible with manufacturing, distribution and end user requirements.
  3. Demonstrate creative/innovative packaging designs and approaches within the project work
  4. Demonstrate the value and role of the packaging discipline and its execution to the total supply chain
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between the packaging material, conversion process and container performance
  6. Identify requirements for food degradation systems and necessary conditions for them to exist
  7. Demonstrate the ability to generate effective written internal documents 
  8. Demonstrate the ability to apply major government regulations to organizations, departments, and quality systems and work processes within a global supply chain
  9. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively on multi-disciplinary design teams
  10. Calculate the levels of displacement, velocity and acceleration in product/package systems
  11. Demonstrate the ability to explain the basic terms of engineering design graphics