Packaging Engineering Technology (BS)


The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in packaging engineering technology that prepares students for professional careers in packaging engineering and management.

The Packaging Engineering Technology Program combines classroom learning with hands-on experiences. Students explore the technical use of equipment to learn design techniques and to gain an understanding of management practices. The program offers a number of options for specialization, from manufacturing or mechanical technology to graphic/commercial art or marketing.

Coursework includes study in technology, business, the sciences, and mathematics—plus a cooperative work experience. Courses offer both theory and practical experience in such areas as:

  • Basic knowledge in computers including computer applications
  • Basic knowledge in the principles and theories of chemistry and physics
  • Fabrication of packages
  • Laboratory experience in packaging materials and their effect on the environment
  • Packaging machinery, materials, and test instruments
  • Planning, scheduling, and routing procedures
  • Shipping of goods including storage, warehouse operation, and testing of impact, shock, and vibration
  • Technical graphics and standards using computer-aided design
  • Work experience in industry

In addition, students complete the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills.

Students participate in a Co-op Internship Program, which enables them to:

  • Receive credit while employed in a position related to their major;
  • Earn a portion of their college expenses while employed in an industry for a summer or semester;
  • Learn about a company while developing professional abilities and earning college credit;
  • Choose a professional practice experience that meets their career goals from positions located throughout the United States.

Coursework is centered in the University's John T. Myers Technology Center, filled with up-to-date equipment and supplies, including a state-of-the-art packaging laboratory.

A number of activities enable students to interact with other students and professionals in the industry. These include campus chapters of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and Epsilon Pi Tau (the international honorary for professions in technology). Benefits include opportunities to participate in local chapter monthly meetings, to be involved in state and national meetings, to attend regional and national conventions, and to qualify for scholarships and other financial grants.

Required Courses


Every product manufactured is in some way involved with a package. Packaging is the third largest industry in the United States—and offers excellent career opportunities for graduates with the knowledge gained in Indiana State University's Packaging Engineering Technology Program.

The Packaging Engineering Technology Program at Indiana State University has earned national recognition—and places 100% of its graduates in rewarding careers. Our graduates are hired for a variety of positions, including:

  • Consulting
  • Graphic/commercial design
  • Materials purchasing
  • Material research and testing
  • Package designer
  • Packaging engineer
  • Technical development including structural package and design and surface design
  • Technical sales and marketing

Listed below are a few of the employers who hire our graduates:

  • Taghleef Industries
  • Baxter Pharmaceuticals
  • Bemis
  • Capital City Container
  • Dana
  • Delco
  • Eli Lilly
  • MSI Packaging
  • NAPA
  • Pillsbury
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Sony
  • Toyota
  • Wabash Valley Packaging
  • Welch Packaging

The Packaging Engineering Technology undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, In addition, the program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The Packaging Engineering Technology Program, which is one of only a few such fully accredited programs offered at colleges or universities in the United States, was developed through a cooperative effort between the University's College of Technology and the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Bailey College of Engineering and Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Bailey College of Engineering and Technology
Indiana State University
888-478-7003 (toll free)


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Bailey College of Engineering and Technology
Indiana State University
888-478-7003 (toll free)