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About the Minor

The 18-credit minor in Packaging Science allows students from many disciplines of study to explore how packaging is used in developing solutions to local and global issues such as waste reduction, food protection, green and sustainable packaging. The minor is intended to supplement any major at Virginia Tech; however, it is particularly relevant to students studying Material Science and Engineering, Industrial Systems Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Art, and Industrial Design.

Required Courses for the minor:

  • SBIO 2104 - Principles of Packaging
  • SBIO 2124 - Structure and Properties of Sustainable Biomaterials
  • SBIO 3124 - Paper and Paperboard Packaging
  • SBIO 3224 - Packaging Distribution Systems
  • SBIO 4024 - Packaging Design for Global Distribution
  • SBIO 4224 - Wood Pallet, Container, and Unit Load Design

Declaring a Minor in Packaging Science

Students are advised on the minor by Teresa Quesinberry in 138 Cheatham Hall. For an individual tour of the packaging building and to meet with the packaging faculty please contact Robert J. Bush

To talk to our current packaging students please visit our FACEBOOK page

To declare a minor in packaging, use the following form:  Change Major/Minor Form.  

Download the Minor Requirements

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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.


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