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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Video

Packaging, BS



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The Bachelor of Science in Packaging program, offered by the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging , is one of a handful of programs in the USA providing technical expertise in this multidisciplinary field.  Every product manufactured from health care and beauty products to washing machines and drugs require packages to protect and sell the product.  The BS degree in Packaging is a regimented degree plan for students who wish to develop a focused set of skills in pre-selected areas of packaging so they can apply these skills in a technical setting. The degree plan emphasizes industry focused scientific and methodological training, as well as breadth in pre-selected areas of engineering, graphic design, project management, advertising, and material science.  Students also take support courses in bacteriology, chemistry, math, physics, and statistics to prepare for the major.  A carefully prepared multi-year program of study will ensure an appropriate sequencing of required courses and students should seek early and frequent advice from departmental advisors. 

The academic program at SJSU begins with material courses to understand the properties of glass, plastics and paper then expands to the properties and manufacturing and use of packages made from these materials.  The next group of courses describe the use of packages in particular industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, medical products and healthcare and beauty.  The courses include the corporate use of packages and project management in driving packaging projects in a firm to the understanding of federal regulations for heavily regulated industries like drugs and medical products.  There are no minimum grade requirements for the major other than an overall 2.0 average across the courses in the major (i.e., a D- can “count” towards meeting packaging requirements).

The number of potential jobs for graduates and careers available with a background in packaging is driven by the uniqueness of the skills learned by the students but also by the fact that there are very few places to learn the skills necessary to design and develop package systems.  The packaging students engage in several industry-sponsored competitions every year as well as attending at least one major trade show at little expense to themselves.  These industry-focused activities along with a paid internship position enable packaging graduates to interview as knowledgeable graduates. 

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 35
Major Preparation 30
Major Requirements 47
University Electives 8
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.

University Requirements


Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Core Lower Division General Education (21 units)


Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3, B4, or F must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with a major advisor for details.

Upper Division General Education (6 units)


Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.

American Institutions (6 units)


Complete one 6-unit sequence of American Institutions (US123) courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement  with other courses, but these may not satisfy other GE areas.

The American Studies (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ; 12 units) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B /HUM 2A /HUM 2B ; 24 units) sequences satisfy the American Institutions Requirement and additional GE Areas (see course descriptions for details).

Consult with a major advisor to select the appropriate sequence.

Asian American Studies (6 units)


U.S. History and Government (6 units)


Complete One US1: US History Course


Complete One US23: US Constitution and California Government Course


Physical Education (2 units)


All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses .

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement


At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a Writing in the Disciplines (100W) course. The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  is satisfied by a course in the major. A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirements.

Health and Human Sciences College International Experience (0-3 units)


To satisfy the College’s International Experience  requirement, students participate in an international experience. Alternatives to the requirement must be approved by the dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. Specific details can be found on the college’s website.

Major Preparation (30 units)


May substitute CHEM 1A  for CHEM 30A . Students can also substitute CHEM 8  for CHEM 30B .

Complete one course:


Major Requirements (47 units)


University Electives (8 units)


Total Units Required (120 units)


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