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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 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 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, reuse).

This curriculum combines a solid foundation in math and science with specific packaging courses that train students to critically analyze packaging problems and to develop innovative and practical solutions.

Students work with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, 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.

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 2 of 6 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: CHM 2045/2045L,
    CHM 2046/2046L, MAC 2311, BSC 2007/2009L, PHY 2004/2004L, PHY 2005/2005L

Semester 2:

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs

Semester 3:

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs

Semester 4:

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

Semester 5:

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs

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

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P)4
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M)4
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Humanities (GE-H, N)3
Total 14
Semester 2Credits
CHM 2046 and 2046L Analytic General Chemistry 2 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P)4
ENC 2210 Technical Writing (GE-C)3
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 24
Humanities (GE-H) 3
Total 14
Semester 3Credits
PHY 2004 and 2004L Applied Physics 1 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 4
AEB 3122 Financial Planning for Agribusiness (3) or
ACG 2021C Introduction to Financial Accounting (4)
AEB 2014 Economic Issues, Food and You or
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (GE-S)
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
SPC 2600 Introduction to Public Speaking
Total 13-14
Semester 4Credits
PHY 2005 and 2005L Applied Physics 2 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 4
PKG 3001 Principles of Packaging (take the first semester in the department)3
BSC 2007 and 2009L Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-B)4
PSY 2012 General Psychology (GE-S)3
Total 16
CHM 2200 and 2200L Basic Organic Chemistry (3) and Laboratory (1)4
Total 4
Semester 5Credits
STA 2023 Statistics3
CGS 2531 Problem Solving Using Computer Software or
EML 3023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design
PKG 3002 Packaging Materials or
EMA 3010 Materials
PKG 3103 Food Packaging3
PKG 4011 Packaging Production and Processing3
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
PKG 4008 Distribution and Transport Packaging3
PKG 4101C Computer Tools for Packaging3
PKG 3009 Consumer Products Packaging3
PKG 4252C Analytical Methods in Packaging3
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (GE-S) (needed if ECO 2013 was taken) or elective3
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
Technical elective or
MAP 2302 Differential Equations
FOS 3042 Introductory Food Science3
ADV 3008 Principles of Advertising3
MAN 3025 Principles of Management (4) or
AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management (3)
Technical electives3
Total 15-16
Semester 8Credits
PKG 4905 Senior Design Packaging2
AOM 4933 Professional Practices in Agricultural Structures1
MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing (4) or
AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing (3)
Technical electives7
Total 14-15