B.S. Packaging

Do you enjoy using both creativity and technical knowledge to solve practical problems?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Packaging is a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry in need of well-educated people. The projected demand for packaging professionals significantly exceeds the number of future graduates. Our specialized staff has developed a curriculum to prepare graduates to work with both traditional and emerging materials, manufacturing processes and technologies.

Packaging graduates take first, honorable mention in Ameristar competition

Three University of Wisconsin-Stout packaging graduates took first place in the student design category of the 2018 Ameristar Package Awards competition
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UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging leads to interesting, challenging and rewarding careers in:

  • Package design
  • Business and sales
  • Package printing
  • Manufacturing and quality management
  • Food packaging
  • Research and development

Our packaging program has been developed to meet the needs of business and industry, and focuses on applying technical knowledge to solve practical problems. We offer:

  • Excellent employment rate and starting salaries
  • Required co-op experience
  • An active industry advisory board
  • Scholarships and design competitions

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Package Graphics Design
  • Manufacturing/Quality
  • Foods/Packaging
  • Business/Sales
  • Package Printing
  • Package Design, Research, and Development
  • Packaging Machinery
  • Plastics
  • Sustainability

Breakfast beat: Students shine with cereal, coffee packaging

Creating a new type of cereal box and a stand-up coffee pouch garnered two UW-Stout packaging students second places in a national design contest.
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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. The program combines general education with technical and professional studies. You will have an opportunity to apply theory to real problems. Through laboratory and co-op work experiences, you will apply the principles of science, mathematics and communications skills.

98% of Our Graduates are Employed or Continuing Education

Our program includes a highly successful cooperative education program and the Stout Technology Transfer Institute, a nationally recognized center that assists industry in solving problems. As you progress toward graduation, both will provide opportunities for you to gain on-the-job experiences while still enrolled at the university.

Preparing for Packaging

Industry's packaging problems are not only technical in nature. They are also social and economic. Packaging professionals must, therefore, have a broad education.

The first two years of the program includes English composition, speech communications, and other general education offerings as well as calculus, chemistry, physics, computer applications and foundation packaging courses.

As You Progress

The trend in the packaging industry is to hire employees who can function in more than one area at career entry. UW-Stout's Packaging program recognizes this trend by offering the student the opportunity to select an "emphasis" which includes course and lab work beyond the technical core of the program. Students can select from several emphasis areas; package graphic design, package printing, manufacturing/quality, business/sales, foods/packaging, or package design, research and development.

An off-campus co-op experience in the packaging industry of at least six months is strongly encouraged. Today's employers show a preference for the graduate who has completed at least one co-op.

Student professional organizations offer another opportunity to learn outside the classroom setting. The UW-Stout student chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) helps packaging program students begin "networking" with their professional colleagues.

Admissions Requirements

New Freshmen

  • Minimum ACT composite score of 22
    and
  • minimum ACT math score of 22

If you do not meet all of the academic requirements above you will be admitted as Pre-Packaging. You may then qualify for the Packaging major by completing the appropriate courses at UW-Stout.

Transfer Students

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.6 or higher from the last institution attended;
    and
  • completed CHEM 135 (algebra-based chemistry) or higher with a grade of "C" or higher; 
    and
  • completed MATH 153 Calculus I equivalent or higher with a grade of "C" or higher;

If you do not meet all of the academic requirements above, but do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted as Pre-Packaging. You may then qualify for the Packaging major by completing the appropriate courses at UW-Stout.

Career Opportunities

Entry Positions

The packaging industry seeks qualified professionals with a broad-based career entry education. A B.S. degree in Packaging can lead to positions with local, national or international firms. Entry level is determined by several variables, including the emphasis selected, work experience, personal contacts, grade point average and economic cycles.

Typical Job Titles

  • 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

Where Graduates Work

  • General Mills
  • International Paper
  • Snap-On Tools
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Digital Computer
  • Medtronic
  • Bristol Meyers
  • Kell Container
  • Kohler
  • Helene Curtis
  • Hormel
  • Federal Express
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • IBM
  • H.B. Fuller
  • Baxter
  • GM-Delco
  • FRITO-LAY
  • 3M
Packaging Advisory Board

2018 Packaging Advisory Board

  • Larry Anderson, Professional in the Field
  • TenE
  • Tony Baker, Professional in the Field
    Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
  • Jane Chase, Professional in the Field
    The Schwan Food Company
  • Colleen Dehmer, Professional in the Field 
    Target
  • Christopher Dejardin, Professional in the Field
    Norka Inc.
  • Lori Elsen, Professional in the Field
    3M
  • Jeremy Gauger, Professional in the Field
    Kimberly-Clark
  • Josh Haen, Professional in the Field
    Sonoco
  • Don Handrow, Professional in the Field 
    Prent Corporation
  • Rick Jalling, Professional in the Field
    Great Lakes Packaging Corporation
  • Barry Johnson, Professional in the Field
    Bosch Packaging Technology    
  • Greg Johnson, Professional in the Field
    FoamCraft Packaging 
  • Kris Johnson, Professional in the Field
    Great Northern Corporation
  • Chad Kreye, Professional in the Field
    Target
  • Curt Larsen, Professional in the Field
    Spartan Design Group, LLC  
  • Todd Marnocha, Professional in the Field
    Tufco Technologies
  • Tim Mlsna, Professional in the Field
    Boston Scientific Corporation    
  • Jim Nelson, Professional in the Field
    Great Lakes Packaging Corporation    
  • Mark Orendorff, Professional in the Field
    Great Northern Corporation  
  • Michael Pagel, Professional in the Field
    Kohler Company       
  • Mark Ralph, Professional in the Field
    Medtronic    
  • Zach Renk, Professional in the Field
    Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
  • Mike Scheel, Professional in the Field
    Mercury Marine  
  • George Tuszkiewicz, Professional in the Field
    General Mills    
  • Jason Vande Loo, Professional in the Field
    Blemark
  • Jack Vaughan, Professional in the Field
    Vaugh Packaging Consulting 
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