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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog


Packaging Science
College: Agricultural and Life Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: No

Packaging science involves the application of science and engineering and teaches students to use research and development tools to find solutions to real packaging problems.

The packaging industry is actually a collection of industries involving raw material production (paper, plastics, metals), conversion of raw materials into forms ready used for package applications (coating, laminating, printing), product/package design (foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals), distribution and logistics (warehousing, distribution, transportation) and end-of-life-cycle processing (recycling, reusing, water-to-energy).

This curriculum combines a solid foundation in science with specific packaging courses that train students to critically analyze packaging problems and to develop innovative and practical solutions. The curriculum also incorporates other disciplines, including accounting, advertising, management and economics.

Students work with state-of-the-art technology, including computerized 3-D package design to improve conceptualization and speed to market. In addition, students explore current trends such as the development of novel biodegradable plastics and modern package-tracking technologies, such as radio frequency identification.

Critical-Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 7 critical-tracking courses - excluding labs - CHM 2045, CHM 2045L, CHM 2046, CHM 2046L, MAC 2233 or 2311, BSC 2007, BSC 2009L, PHY 2004, PHY 2004L, PHY 2005 and STA 2023

Semester 2:

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

Semester 4:

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P)4
PHY 2004 and 2004L Applied Physics 1 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P)4
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Humanities (GE-H, I)3
Total 14
Semester 2Credits
CHM 2046 and 2046L Analytic General Chemistry 2 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P)4
PHY 2005 and 2005L Applied Physics 2 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P)4
MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1 (3) or
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (4)
Humanities (GE-H) 3
Total 14-15
Semester 3Credits
BSC 2007 and 2009L Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-B)4
ACG 2021C Introduction to Financial Accounting4
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) (GE-S) or
AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics (4)
Total 16-17
Semester 4Credits
PKG 3001 Principles of Packaging (take the first semester in the department)3
SPC 2600 Introduction to Public Speaking or
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication
AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences or
ENC 2210 Technical Writing
PSY 2012 General Psychology (GE-S)3
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (needed if taking ECO 2013) or Elective3-4
Total 15-16
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 3
Total 3
Semester 5Credits
CHM 2200 and 2200L Basic Organic Chemistry (3) and Laboratory (1)4
CGS 2531 Problem Solving Using Computer Software or
EML 3023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design
PKG 3006 Packaging Materials or
EMA 3010 Materials
PKG 3103 Food Packaging3
Technical electives2
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
PKG 4008 Distribution and Transport Packaging3
PKG 4007C Computer Tools for Packaging3
FOS 3042 Introductory Food Science3
ADV 3000 Elements of Advertising3
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
PKG 4204C Package Decoration3
PKG 4011 Packaging Production and Processing3
MAN 3025 Principles of Management (4) or
AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management
AOM 4933 Professional Practices in Agricultural Structures1
Technical electives4
Total 14-15
Semester 8Credits
PKG 4905 Senior Design Packaging2
PKG 4252C Analytical Methods in Packaging3
PKG 3009 Consumer Products Packaging3
MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing (4) or
AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing
Technical elective3
Total 14-15