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, 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.
Packaging science, BS degree, typical course sequence
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|MATH-171||LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): 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||LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Calculus B||3|
|CHMG-123||Chemistry of Materials||3|
|PACK-152||Packaging Design II||3|
|LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)||3|
|LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)||3|
|First Year Writing||3|
|CHMG-201||Introduction to Organic Polymer Technology||3|
|PHYS-111||LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): 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|
|LAS Perspective 3 (global)||3|
|LAS Perspective 4 (social)||3|
|MEDG-106||LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): 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|
|PACK-422||Dynamics and Protective Packaging||3|
|LAS Immersion 1||3|
|PACK-481||Packaging for Marketing and End Use||3|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|PACK-471||Packaging Supply Chain|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|MAAT-368||Gravure and Flexography|
|MAAT-541||Digital Print Processes|
|LAS Immersion 2, 3||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 different 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).
For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.
Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations
- 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
- Chemistry or physics required; biology recommended
- Technology electives desirable
Transfer course recommendations without associate degree
Courses in business, mathematics, science, liberal arts, statistics, or computer science
Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer
Business administration, marketing, management, graphic arts, engineering science, liberal arts with math/science
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.
Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only
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.
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.
The packaging science program requires six months of cooperative education in addition to the program’s course work.
Packaging science, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)
|Course||Qrt. Cr. Hrs.|
|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|
|1011-273, 277||Introduction to Chemistry of Materials, Lab||4|
|1011-202, 207||Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Lab||5|
|0511-211||Principles of Microeconomics||4|
|1720-051, 052||First-Year Enrichment||2|
|0607-311||Packaging Materials I||4|
|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|
|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|
|Professional (Packaging) Electives||12|
|Total Quarter Credit Hours||190|
* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.
† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more 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.