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Our modern global marketplace demands efficiency as a prerequisite for success. Packaging science has recently emerged as a high-priority discipline that industry has embraced as a means to improve efficiency and to gain a competitive edge.
Packaging science offers paths to many career opportunities. The packaging industry involves many commercial activities including raw material production and distribution; conversion of raw materials into usable forms; graphic design; printing and marketing; warehousing and distribution; and post-use recycling, reuse, conversion to energy and/or disposal. Modern packaging professionals are continually working to improve the lives of people, efficiency of industry, and our relationship with our environment. Recent evidence of this trend is the application of computerized 3-D packaging design to improve conceptualization and speed to market, and the development of novel biodegradable plastics to minimize waste destined for landfills and thus reduce our dependency on petroleum and minimize environmental impact.
The packaging science curriculum builds on a solid foundation in the pure sciences with specialized courses related to materials used in packaging, packaging of foods and consumer products, computer tools for package design and distribution logistics, analytical methods for packaging, as well as packaging decoration. The curriculum also incorporates valuable tools for business and commerce such as accounting, advertising, and economics.
*PKG 2001 must be taken before entering upper division. Summer semester is available for transfer and community college students to satisfy this requirement.
Packaging Science Minor
This minor provides students an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of and a skill level for packaging. The packaging science minor incorporates useful tools for commerce with courses in real-world issues facing the packaging industry. This minor will help students gain employment in the packaging industry.
The minor program is open to all students and provides a background for careers in packaging science. The program consists of a minimum of 15 semester credits with a grade of C or better. A minimum of 9 semester credits must be completed at the University of Florida. Students pursuing this minor must complete three PKG courses of three or more credits toward the 15-credit minimum requirement. No courses may be taken as S-U credit. Students applying for the minor must obtain written approval from their academic adviser and the undergraduate coordinator in packaging science at least two semesters before graduation. For more information, students should see a PKG adviser in Rogers Hall.
1. Take one of the following:
EML 3023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design
**PKG 4252C Analytical Methods in Packaging
**PKG 4932 Computer Tools for Packaging
**These courses cannot double count as PKG course.
2. Business course take one:
ACG 2021C Introduction to Financial
MAN 3025 Principles of Management
PKG 4204C Package Decoration
PKG 3103 Food Packaging
PKG 3009Consumer Products Packaging
PKG 4001 Packaging Production and Processing
PKG 4008 Distribution & Transport Packaging
Total Hours 15-16
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