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Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

Packaging Science B.S.

What do air, cars, laptops, plants, knee replacements, and lunch have in common? They all can be and are packaged! Students majoring in packaging science learn all about the design, engineering, science, innovation, research and business that make up this diverse industry. For more than 20 years, Clemson has been thinking outside of the box and producing career-ready graduates who are ready to solve the problems of tomorrow. Clemson is one of just a few schools in the U.S. that offers a degree in packaging science. Our program is unique as it blends together biology, chemistry, and physics. Because of this, our graduates fill a special niche within the industry. Since this is a very hands-on major, you’ll get to work with package design and graphics, food and health care packaging, and advanced materials.

  • What You'll Study

    Packaging science majors first complete basic coursework in science and math before delving into the intricacies of packaging design, materials, polymers, and distribution. A strong science and math background is essential for success. Clemson offers four emphasis areas including:

    • Distribution, transportation, and engineering technology
    • Materials
    • Food and health care packaging
    • Package design and graphics

    Our faculty are in touch with the ever-changing needs of industry. Industry partnerships have helped stock the laboratories with equipment for you to use. You will have access to each of the labs as an enhancement to your classroom learning.

  • Bachelor-to-Graduate Program
    Get a jump-start on your graduate degree in packaging science with Clemson’s accelerated five-year bachelor-to-graduate program.
  • Fast Facts

    Clemson offers one of just a few packaging science undergraduate degree programs in the U.S.

    All packaging science students are required to complete a Cooperative Education assignment in the local industry.

    Our student Packaging Science Club attends the national PACK EXPO every year. 

    Eligible students can begin graduate course work in their senior year to begin earning their master’s.

Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences
Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences | 223 Poole Agricultural Center; Box 340316, Clemson, SC 29634