May 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Packaging, B.S. (Dual-Level)

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Packaging, B.S.: 4-year sequence  


A packaging career today requires a thorough knowledge of materials, methods, design concepts, marketing, logistics, 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.

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. 

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 44 credits  
Major Studies 70 credits  
Emphasis Area 6 credits  
GPA Requirement 2.6 minimum  

Program Requirements

Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)

Three credits must be selected from RES-A.

Global Perspective (6 credits*)

Complete 6 credits of global perspective (GLP) approved courses, including GLP-approved instructor-led study abroad courses, or complete a program of university-approved work or university-approved study abroad not led by UW-Stout instructors.

General Education (44 credits)

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (12 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Remaining course must be from area including art history/music & theater appreciation, creative/performing arts, foreign language and culture, history, literature, 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)

Major Studies (70 credits)

NOTE: If you are interested in pursuing the M.S. in Operations and Supply Management (Masters) degree, you may be eligible to take BUSCM-538 to meet both your BS program requirement and an MS program requirement.  Similarly, you may be able to take one (or more) of the emphasis area courses INMGT-505, INMGT-620, INMGT-640, or BUSCM-637 to meet both the BS and MS requirements.  Please consult your BS Packaging program advisor before enrolling in a graduate-level course. 

Emphasis Areas (6-8 credits)

Select one of the 6 credit emphasis areas below to meet the 120 credit degree requirement.  Students have the option of selecting more than one emphasis area and/or emphaisis areas requiring more than 6 credits.

Business (6 credits)

Food Technology (8 credits)

International Studies (6 credits)

Course plan must be approved by packaging Program Director.

Quality (6 credits)

Supply Chain (7 credits)