Virtually every product, whether grown or manufactured, must be packaged so that it reaches the consumer in an acceptable condition. UW-Stout's Packaging program prepares students to work in a field that involves the use of materials, methods, and design concepts to develop and produce the packages that protect and preserve a product, help market the product and instruct the consumer in its proper use. UW-Stout is one of only a few schools in the United States (and the only school in the UW System) that offer a B.S. degree in Packaging.

High School Preparation

  • General admissions criteria

  • Communication, science and mathematic skills
  • Upper-level math, chemistry, physics, writing and speech courses
  • Early development of computer skills


  • Senior packaging engineer
  • Distribution sales manager
  • Sales engineer
  • Design department manager
  • Structural designer
  • Packaging specialties buyer
  • Package cushioning designer
  • Product development manager
  • Package testing and development engineer
  • Technical services
  • Customer service/package engineer

Average beginning salary for UW-Stout graduates in this major — $56,000
98% employed in 2012–2013

View our Annual Employment Report for more details.

Explore Your Courses:

» Sample Freshman Schedule

Composition I or Freshman English Honors I
Packaging Fundamentals
College Chemistry I
Calculus I

Composition II or Freshman English Honors II or Honors Seminar II
Engineering Graphics Fundamentals
Fundamentals of Speech
Packaging Materials I or II
Two-Dimensional Design Foundations


See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.

» Courses You May Take in the Major

Packaging and Society
A broad overview of the importance of packaging in society. Introduction to packaging and its interrelationship to multiple disciplines including impact on people and the environment.

Packaging Fundamentals
Explore the purpose of packaging materials and manufacturing methods, including global perspectives, history, environment, market and consumer needs.

Packaging Materials
Origin, composition, properties and application of packaging materials; lab work in packaging and materials testing methods.

Packaging Materials: Paper, Wood, Adhesives and Metal
Technical exploration of paper, wood, adhesives and metal used in packaging worldwide. Material properties and international production processes, applications, environmental impacts of paper, wood, adhesives, and metal.

Consumer Packaging Systems
The study of packaging from the design concept through production. Lab work on structural design, sample making, and machine operation. Discussions on standard packages and their applications.

Distribution Packaging
Packaging systems to support the distribution functions. Topics will include shipping containers, palletizing, unitizing, barrier problems, marking and coding for shipment, freight regulations, military specifications and hazardous materials regulations.

Packaging Design and Evaluation
Chemical and physical protection problems; materials, structure, graphics and regulations in package design; shock and vibration forces in package evaluation; practical applications of evaluation using electronic instrumentation.

Food Packaging Laboratory
Solve complex problems in food packaging research and development through understanding the interrelationships of food and packaging in laboratory exercises.

Packaging Development
Applications of packaging functions: developing a product's complete packaging system, from final production of product to consumer.


See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.


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Robert Meisner, Program Director
281 Jarvis Hall Technology Wing
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715/232-2138

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