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Packaging Engineering Undergraduate Program

Program Overview

Packaging engineering is a multi-disciplinary field within the Applied Sciences in Engineering major, and it draws on chemical, industrial, materials, and mechanical engineering in order to design and create boxes, cartons, bottles, and other packing materials that meet specific criteria. Rutgers offers the nation’s only packaging program in the nation housed in an engineering school. 

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Rutgers students who enroll in the Packaging Engineering option in Applied Sciences follow the specific Packaging Engineering curriculum, which includes courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, thermodynamics, computers and business. Students in any major who complete certain coursework may earn a certificate in Packaging Engineering.

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Hands-on Experience

Many of our students gain hands-on business and engineering experience through internships and co-op programs, where they can earn up to six degree credits for work experience in an industrial environment and make valuable networking connections. They are often offered full-time positions after graduation.

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Student News

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Mechanical engineering major and mathematics and psychology minor Allison Chen, who juggles three jobs and a full course load, is an acknowledged leader.