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.

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98% of Our Graduates are Employed or Continuing Education

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

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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.

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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

2019-2020 Packaging Advisory Board

Robert Meisner Program Director CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept.
Larry Anderson VP Operations TEN-E Packaging
Tony Baker Lead Packaging Engineer Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Tom Blanck President Entrepreneur
Andy Busteed Packaging Engineer 3M
Tom Danniger Director – Package Development Marathon Cheese Corporation
Colleen Dehmer Director Target
Christopher Dejardin Packaging Development Engineer Georgia-Pacific LLC
Dan Dressel Packaging Engineer Johnsonville Sausage
Michelle Duda Project Packaging Engineer FedEx
Jeremy Gauger R&E Technical Leader Kimberly-Clark
Josh Haen Senior Technology Manager Sonoco Plastics
Don Handrow VP of Product Development Prent Corporation
Barry Johnson Senior Project Manager/Sales Engineer Bosch Packaging Technology
Greg Johnson Sales Manager FoamCraft Packaging
Kris Johnson Design Manager Great Northern Corporation
Kyle Kozlowski R & D Package Engineer Green Bay Packaging
Chad Kreye Senior Project Manager Target
Todd Marnocha Technical Manager Inland Packaging
Jake Meicher Packaging Project Engineer Kohler Company
Tim Mlsna Global Packaging & Labeling Director Boston Scientific Corporation
Jeff Peterson Director- Gloabal Packaging Engineering Ecolab
Mark Ralph Director of Commercial NPI Phillips
Zach Renk Packaging Engineer II General Mills
Mike Scheel Sr Category Manager - Packaging Mercury Marine
Brett Sweeney General Manager Packaging Corporation of America
Claire Thurbush R & D Manager General Mills
Jason Vande Loo Director of Technical and Research Development Belmark
Tom Wetsch Chief Innovation Officer Pregis LLC
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