The Bachelor of Science degree in packaging is a technical and science based program incorporating every aspect of packaging, from materials and processes through systems development and testing. Laboratories are an integral component in the majority of packaging undergraduate courses, providing students with hands-on experience. Further knowledge can be will by students in concentration areas in Packaging Science or Packaging Value Chain Management on specific topic areas. An internship experience is a highly recommended part of the Packaging program.
CORE CURRICULUM—Fall 2016
Note: this curriculum is in effect for all students beginning the Packaging Program in FALL 2016. For students who started the program in Summer 2016 or before, please refer to the curriculum guide labeled as such on the main Undergraduate information page.
All packaging majors must complete a core curriculum consisting of 11 packaging courses which accounts for 35 of the 120 credits required for the degree, and includes more than 100 hours of practical laboratory experience. Core courses include studies in the following areas:
Nine credits in packaging electives are required and are earned through coursework or participation in the internship or overseas study programs. Students in each concentration have ONE required elective: Packaging Science concentration students will take either Medical or Food Packaging; Packaging Value Chain Management will take Packaging Value Chain. Students in either concentration can take the other’s required elective as one of their options.
Other elective credits include:
Required Business Coursework
All students will need to complete either Introduction to Marketing or Introduction to Supply Chain Management (MKT 327 or SCM 303).
Science and Math Requirements
As a technical program with a heavy science focus, the School of Packaging has rigorous science and math requirements. All students must complete
Admission as Freshman or Sophomore
Incoming freshmen are admitted to MSU and to the School of Packaging lower division by the MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships using procedures, forms and standards set up by that office. Students below junior standing (56 credits) currently at MSU may change their major to Packaging at any time by going to the NSSC office corresponding to where they live or by filling out the online form at www.nssc.msu.edu. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to contact the Packaging Advisor, Gayle Cohen, at email@example.com for advising after changing their major to Packaging. Students who declare packaging as their major prior to reaching 56 credits will be automatically reviewed upon reaching junior status, and must meet all upper division admission requirements at that time.
Admission to the School of Packaging Upper Division
Admission to the upper division requires that the student has completed Chemistry 141, Mathematics 133, Physics 231 with a minimum of a 2.0 in each course, AND a 3.0 cumulative GPA over all coursework completed at MSU. Students who have already declared their major preference as Packaging prior to reaching 56 credits will be automatically reviewed for admission; there is no application required. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED STUDENTS RECEIVE A 2.0 IN MTH 132 BEFORE PROCEEDING TO MTH 133.
The School of Packaging does NOT offer probationary acceptance. Packaging students will be automatically reviewed upon final grades being received (Wednesday after exams), and will be notified of their admissions via confidential message through STUINFO within one week of final grades being reported. Students will receive an email notification of this message from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do NOT ignore this message!
Students not accepted will need to change their major out of Packaging within 10 days of notification, or a dean’s hold will be placed on their records. Non-admitted students will be dropped out of all packaging courses. Students may request readmission once requirements are met. You must meet the requirements for the semester for which you are requesting readmission, NOT the previous semester.
Students who have already reached junior status in another major, but would like to change their major to Packaging, should contact Gayle Cohen at email@example.com. These students must meet the above requirements prior to being able to officially change their major to packaging. Junior-level and above students wishing to change their major after the last drop date with no grade recorded of each semester will have their request held until final grades are received.
Admission to the School of Packaging as a Transfer Student from Another Institution
Students wishing to transfer to the School of Packaging from a community college or university must first go through the MSU Admissions office transfer application. The admissions office will determine if students meet eligibility requirements to be accepted to both MSU and the School of Packaging. Students who will be transferring in with greater than 42 credits must have completed the equivalent of MSU’s CEM 141, MTH 132 AND 133, and PHY 231 to be accepted into the program. Students transferring in with less than 42 credits will not need to have these requirements completed for admission.
For More Information and to Schedule an Advisor Appointment, please conact:
The School of Packaging
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1223
Phone (517) 353-8966
Fax (517) 432-2036