About this Program

This minor is open to all students.

The packaging industry requires creative thinkers and problem solvers to continue to improve environmental sustainability, quality and packaging efficiency. This minor provides exposure to the tools and knowledge required to solve practical problems in packaging and will help students to gain employment in the packaging industry.

Students applying for the minor must obtain written approval from their academic advisor and the undergraduate coordinator in packaging science at least two semesters before graduation.

This minor offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences differs from the Packaging Engineering specialization in the Biological Engineering degree. While both sets of curriculum use overlapping courses, the major is available only available to students of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.

Required Courses

Select four:12
Principles of Packaging
Food Packaging
Distribution and Transport Packaging
Packaging Production and Processing
Computer Tools for Packaging
Advisor-approved technical elective3
Total Credits15

Advisor-approved Technical Elective

  •  Selected from approved electives in:
    • Packaging
    • Food Science
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Computer Science & Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Horticultural Science
    • Biological Science
    • Marketing
    • Advertising
  • Other electives, including internships and co-ops, are subject to approval of the packaging science minor advisor.