Dec 08, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Packaging, B.S.

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A packaging career today requires a thorough knowledge of materials, methods, design concepts, and machinery to develop and produce the packages that protect and preserve a product, help market the product and instruct the consumer in its proper use.

UW-Stout’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Packaging prepares students for technical or management responsibilities in the packaging industry to meet these needs. The program places strong emphasis on the application of theory to strengthen problem solving abilities and challenges students by providing opportunities to solve “real” packaging industry problems in classroom/laboratory settings. A GPA of 2.6 is required.

The trend in the packaging industry is to hire employees who can function in more than one area at career entry. UW-Stout’s Packaging program recognizes this trend by offering the student several “emphasis” options which include course and laboratory work beyond the technical core of the program. This distinguishing feature allows students to draw on other well-recognized programs offered at UW-Stout: graphic arts, graphic design, food science, business and sales, quality and manufacturing, and packaging research and development.

With the quantity and variety of products produced in the world, it is easy to understand that packaging is a dynamic multibillion dollar industry in need of well-educated men and women. Graduates of the program are positioned advantageously for entry into the expanding and evolving packaging industry, as well as for further studies in the field of packaging.

General Requirements
Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for graduation 120 credits  
General Education 43 credits  
Major Studies 62 credits  
Emphasis Area 15 credits  
GPA Requirement 2.6  

Program Requirements

Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)

Three credits must be selected from RES-A.

Global Perspective (6 credits*)

Complete a program of university-approved work or study abroad or 6 credits of global perspective approved courses. 

General Education (43 credits)

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (11 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Choose 3 additional credits from one or more areas including art history, foreign language and culture, history, literature, music appreciation and philosophy.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

Choose 3 additional credits from one or more areas including anthropology, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.

Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)

Courses must be selected from the list of approved cross-disciplinary issues courses.

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

Courses must be selected from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses.

Selectives (5 credits)

Emphasis Area (15 credits)

Select 15 credits from an emphasis area. Current emphasis areas available include:

International Studies (15 credits)

Course plan must be approved by packaging Program Director.

Package Design, Research and Development (15 credits)

Required Concentration Courses (9 credits).

Quality Management (15 credits)

Required Courses (12 credits).

Emphasis Selectives (3 credits)

Select a minimum of 3 credits below:

Additional Minors

Students must work with a Minor Advisor to complete requirements:

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