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Why Packaging Science?


Short answer – great career opportunities in a field where you can make a difference. 

The packaging industry is large and diverse.  In fact, the packaging industry is the third largest industry in the world, with a total value of $420 billion in 2009.  The industry is growing with projected growth to be at 17% between 2009 and 2014. All these numbers mean many opportunities for packaging graduates.  Whether your interest is the artistic or engineering side of packaging, there are opportunities that fit your interests and skills.

Want to make a difference in the world?  Packaging is used for nearly every product and there is a huge effort to make packaging more “green.”  New products are being developed that are based on renewable materials that biodegrade so they do not take up space in landfills.  Packaging professionals make “smart” packaging that, for example, senses when food products go stale (or when pharmaceuticals are past expiration) and then provides a warning. Other packaging professionals are helping to reduce hunger in the world by developing packaging systems that get food and medicine to people in need.  You can be a part of these and other efforts.

Where are packaging systems used?  Just about everywhere - for food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, automobile, and electronics. Large and small companies in these fields need well-educated people to design and produce creative packaging materials to transport and protect products from damage, to market those products to the public, and ultimately to allow the packaging material to be re-used or recycled. 

Graduates from our program understand how to work to make an impact in how renewable materials are used (and conserved) and to reduce energy wasted in conventional packaging materials.

Our Mission

Educate global packaging professionals through a multi-disciplinary hands-on curriculum combining art, business, engineering, and science

Discover new and creative technologies to improve the quality of life of our community and to increase the global competitiveness and reputation of the department and the university

Service the packaging industry through the efficient and collegial cooperation with university faculty and staff

Featured Courses

Principles of Packaging (Fall)

SBIO 2104  No Prerequisites

Principles of Packaging is an easy and fun way to learn about the third largest industry. The class includes industry presentations, hands-on projects, and plant tours.

Computer-Aided Design in Packaging (Spring)

SBIO 2004 (19563) No Prerequisites

During the class, we are using state-of-the-art packaging design software suites including ESKO ArtiosCAD, ESKO Studio Suite, and CAPE to develop package designs using an integrated systems based approach.


Contact Us

Phone: (540) 231-7107
Fax: (540) 231-8868

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