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Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources School of Packaging Undergraduate Programs Packaging
The School of Packaging offers a program of instruction leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The program combines basic principles of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and materials science with a cognate in business to prepare students for rewarding careers in the manufactured products industries. Career opportunities are plentiful since some form of packaging is involved in the production and movement to market of nearly every item of consumption in today’s economy. In addition to careers in companies that use packaging, attractive opportunities are also available in the package supply industries. Package supplier industries include companies that print and convert paper and flexible plastic materials as well as manufacturers of such diverse items as bottles, cans, folding cartons, corrugated boxes, drums, wooden containers, pallets, pails, tubes, vials, and jars. Packaging impacts most functions in manufacturing firms so graduates may work in package development, production, quality control, research, sales, purchasing, marketing, testing, distribution, or technical services.
In its flexibility, the program allows students to leverage their personal skills and interests and to make individualized choices. Elective courses provide for broad, general preparation or for focused study in food packaging, medical packaging, pharmaceutical packaging, automotive packaging, distribution, robotics, and other areas.
Admission as a Junior
Enrollments in the School of Packaging are limited. To be considered for admission to the major, the student must have:
Completed at least 56 credits.
Completed the following courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course:
Mathematics 124 or 133.
The student's cumulative grade–point average for all courses completed is considered in the admission decision. Factors such as work experience, personal experience, and diversity may also be considered.
For additional information about admissions criteria and procedures, students should contact the School of Packaging.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Packaging
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Packaging major is met by completing Packaging 315 and 485. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below.
Students who are enrolled in the Packaging major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Packaging may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Chemistry 141,143 and 161; Biological Science 161; or Food Science 342 or Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 201. The completion of Chemistry 143 and 161 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Chemistry 141, 143 and 161; Biological Science 161; Food Science 342 or Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 201 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 3. below.
The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirement may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
The requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Science degree.
Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
The following requirements for the major:
All of the following courses (57 credits):
Survey of Accounting Concepts
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Chemistry Laboratory I
Principles of Packaging
Packaging with Glass and Metal
Packaging Decision Systems (W)
Packaging with Paper and Paperboard
Packaging with Plastics
Distribution Packaging Dynamics
Package Development Technology
Packaging Development (W)
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Cell and Molecular Biology
Food Safety and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Program
Fundamentals of Microbiology
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Business
Three of the following courses (9 credits).
Principles of Advertising
Introduction to Finance
Introduction to Business Law
Management Skills and Processes
Introduction to Marketing
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Nine additional credits in Packaging courses excluding Packaging 490 and 492. Up to three credits in a packaging internship completed under Packaging 493 and up to 3 credits in a packaging overseas study program completed under Packaging 491 may be counted toward this requirement.
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Packaging - Accounting
Major - Packaging - Accounting: 1 course from ACC230, or approved coursework
Requirement 12: Major - Packaging - Chemistry
Major - Packaging - Chemistry: 3 courses from CEM141, CEM143, CEM161, or approved coursework
Requirement 13: Major - Packaging - Calculus I and II
Major - Packaging - Calculus I and II: 2 courses from MTH132, MTH133
Requirement 14: Major - Packaging - Principles
Major - Packaging - Principles: 1 course from PKG101
Requirement 15: Major - Packaging - Glass and Metal
Major - Packaging - Glass and Metal: 1 course from PKG221
Requirement 16: Major - Packaging - Decision Systems/Tier II
Major - Packaging - Decision Systems/Tier II: 1 course from PKG315
Requirement 17: Major - Packaging - Paper and Paperboard
Major - Packaging - Paper and Paperboard: 1 course from PKG322
Requirement 18: Major - Packaging - Plastics
Major - Packaging - Plastics: 1 course from PKG323
Requirement 19: Major - Packaging - Distribution Dynamics
Major - Packaging - Distribution Dynamics: 1 course from PKG410
Requirement 20: Major - Packaging - Package Development Technology
Major - Packaging - Package Development Technology: 1 course from PKG411
Requirement 21: Major - Packaging - Processes
Major - Packaging - Processes: 1 course from PKG432
Requirement 22: Major - Packaging - Development/Tier II
Major - Packaging - Development/Tier II: 1 course from PKG485
Requirement 23: Major - Packaging - Physics
Major - Packaging - Physics: 2 courses from PHY231, PHY232
Requirement 24: Major - Packaging - Biology/Microbiology/Food Safety
Major - Packaging - Biology/Microbiology/Food Safety: 1 course from FSC342, MMG201, BS161
Requirement 25: Major - Packaging - Statistics
Major - Packaging - Statistics: 1 course from STT200, STT201, STT315
Requirement 26: Major - Packaging - Business Focus
Major - Packaging - Business Focus: 3 courses from ADV205, FI320, GBL323, MGT325, MKT327, SCM303
Requirement 27: Major - Packaging - Electives
Major - Packaging - Electives: 9 credits from Packaging courses excluding, 490, 492
Major - Packaging - Electives: No more than 6 credits from PKG493, PKG491 in Requirement(s) 27
Requirement 28: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 30 credits from Packaging Courses
Requirement 29: College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics
College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics: 1 course from EC201, EC202
Requirement 30: College Distribution
College Distribution: 26 credits from courses in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Requirement 31: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 32: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.