Packaging Engineering

What is Packaging?

Design, engineering and innovation are integral parts of the coursework for students in the Biological Engineering major who choose to focus in packaging engineering.

It’s more than just a question of ‘paper or plastic?’. Whether it’s bagged, boxed, or wrapped, virtually every modern industry relies on packaging engineering and technology to contain, protect, preserve or enhance the value of its goods as they hustle from factory to customer.

Unique package designs and decoration entice customers to buy new products. Packaging materials and new technologies help preserve freshness and provide protection from damage and tampering. In short, products cannot effectively reach the consumer without packaging. It's the nation's third largest industry!

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The Biological Engineering major allows students to concentrate their electives in a specific set of packaging courses including consumer packaging, food packaging, distribution and transport, and computer tools in packaging. This program offers students a foundation in engineering design and the pure sciences including biology, chemistry, physics and math. Students learn about new technologies and methods in packaging design and production.

Minor in Packaging Science

A minor in Packaging Science incorporates useful tools for commerce with courses in real-world challenges facing packaging industries, including package decoration, distribution and transport and computer tools for packaging.

The Packaging Science minor is open to all students and is designed to complement studies to help prepare the student for a career in or closely associated to packaging.

The minor consists of a minimum of 15 semester credits with a grade of “C” or better. No courses may be taken as S-U credit. Students applying for the minor must obtain written approval from their academic advisor and the undergraduate coordinator in PKG at least two semesters prior to graduation.


To obtain a minor in Packaging Engineering, a student must successfully complete a total of 15 credit hours from the list of pre-selected courses that provide a concentrated focus on packaging-related knowledge, technology and skills.

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • PKG 3001- Principles of Packaging (3)
  • PKG 4101C - Computer Tools for Packaging (3)
  • PKG 4008 - Distribution & Transport Packaging (3)
  • PKG 3103 - Food Packaging (3)
  • Approved elective

What is the role of a Packaging Engineer?