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Gadomski School ofEngineering

Packaging Minor

A minor in Packaging is open to students other than the BSEM (Packaging concentration) majors.

Program Requirements

The course requirements for the Packaging Engineering minor are as follows:

  • PKG 202 Packaging Laboratory (2 crs.)
  • ChE/ME/PKG 319 Principles of Packaging (3 crs.)
 Prerequisites: A college-level chemistry course and a college-level calculus course
  • ChE/ME/PKG 321 Healthcare Packaging (3 crs.) 
Prerequisites: A college-level chemistry course and a college-level calculus course
  • ChE/ME/PKG 411 Principles of Packaging Development 
  • Project (2-6 crs.)
  • Elective (1-3 crs.)

The following senior design project courses are acceptable for the Project requirement above, given that the project includes a packaging component and is approved by the BSEM Packaging Concentration Coordinator:

  • ChE 401/402 (4 crs.)
  • CE 431/432 (4 crs.)
  • ECE 411/412 (3 crs.)
  • ME 407/408 (6 crs.)

Students with senior projects without packaging components are required to register for the 2-cr. Packaging Project course, CHE 393 or PKG 490.

Acceptable choices for the Elective requirement include:

  • ChE 328 Materials Science (3 crs.)
  • CE/ME 210 Mechanics of Materials (3 crs.)
  • PKG 315 Packaging Materials (3 crs.)

To receive the Packaging minor, all courses taken must be passed with an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Key Courses

PKG 202 Packaging Laboratory
Packaged-product test specification from various organizations including ISTA, ASTM, and TAPPI. Pre-shipment tests: drop, vibration, and compression. Temperature/humidity and altitude chambers. Corrugated card board tests; mullen and ECT tests; box design and prototyping.

ChE/ME/PKG 319 Principles of Packaging

Overview of the historical development of packaging, the system of packaging science, along with information about economic importance, social implications, and packaging as a profession. Study of the functions of packaging materials, container types, processes, technology, and equipment employed to protect goods during handling, shipping, and storage. Introduction of package development process, testing and evaluation methods, standards, and equipment. Brief review of governmental regulations affecting packaging.

ChE/ME/PKG 320 Distribution & Medical Device Packaging

Overview of the physical distribution systems, various distribution hazards imposed on products/packages in transit, rules and regulations governing distribution packaging, and common industry guidelines and practices for distribution packaging. Study of the package design process, protective packaging theories and applications, selection and design of distribution packaging, and other distribution packaging related materials and applications. Introduction to packaging testing and evaluation methods, standards, and equipment/systems. Introduction to basics of packaging materials, packaging design and development, and sterilization methods used in the biomedical industry.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Pong Malasri, BSEM (Packaging Concentration) Coordinator, at or (901) 321-3419.