The packaging science minor offers courses covering a broad range of packaging activities, including development/design, testing, marketing, and production. Related legal, economic, and environmental/sustainability concerns are also addressed. Students from majors such as engineering, engineering technology, multidisciplinary studies, management, marketing, international business, industrial design, and print media could all benefit from the packaging science minor.
Notes about this minor:
This minor is closed to students majoring in packaging science.
Posting of the minor on the student’s academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
The program code for Packaging Science Minor is PACK-MN.
This first course in the packaging science minor will provide students with the opportunity to learn the basic properties and applications for the common packaging materials. Students will be instructed in fundamental evaluation procedures and in the determination of material specifications.
This first course in the packaging science minor will provide students with the opportunity to learn the basic properties and applications for the common packaging container formats. Students will be instructed in fundamental evaluation procedures and in the determination of container design specifications.
Choose three of the following:
Packaging Systems Collaborative
This course focuses on the design of physical packaging for the protection and marketing of goods. Aspects of visual, structural, ergonomic and environmental issues are considered in the design of rigid and flexible containers. Taught as a team/collaborative course, students from graphic design, packaging science, and industrial design will work together to develop effective packaging design solutions.
Packaging Design II
The course develops knowledge and skills in applying two computer software packages for packaging design: Artios CAD and Adobe Illustrator. Topics covered are builder and rebuilder, solid modeling and drawing, animation, coloring, and painting. Emphasis is given to create a typical paperboard based carton with a proper structure and color usage.
This course begins with an overview of government laws and regulations applicable to the packaging industry. Students will then gain the hierarchical impact that regulations have on the global supply chain, quality systems, patent innovation, and workplace safety.
Packaging Sustainability and the Environment
Consideration of packaging in a social context. Factors that enhance secondary use, recycling, recovery of resources, and proper disposal are discussed. Package design in relation to solid waste disposal and materials and energy shortages are considered. Other topics of interest are discussed. Primarily a discussion class for senior students. Open to undergraduate non-majors.
Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging
Students will define the types of packages used in medical and pharmaceutical product applications. Aeseptic packaging operations will be explained and demonstrated. Students will utilize ISO 11607, parts 1 and 2 and the AAMI TIR 22 for medical product packaging. A compliance document and finished prototype for ISO 11607 will be required.
Pharmaceutical and Medical Packaging Lab
Students will define the types of packages used in medical and pharmaceutical product applications. Aeseptic packaging operations will be explained and demonstrated. Students will utilize ISO 11607, parts 1and 2 and the AAMI TIR 22 for medical product packaging. A compliance document and finished prototype for ISO 11607 will be required.
A study of package forming and filling, closing, product/package identification, inspection, and other machinery commonly used in packaging, plus consideration of handling and storage/retrieval systems. Students become aware of project management techniques, setting timelines, critical path, and resource evaluation. Quality tools and issues along with quality control processes are integrated into line and machinery designs. Students gain practice in setting up complete production lines for packaging various products.
Study of the particular forms and requirements for packaging for the import/export environment. Preservation techniques, international logistics, bulk containers, packing requirements, handling, transport and storage, and related documentation.
Converting and Flexible Packaging
The course develops knowledge and techniques in converting and flexible packaging. Topics covered are converting materials, quality control practice in converting, evaluation of packaging film and converting and applications in flexible packaging.