Professional Certificate in Packaging

Core Courses
Course Code Course Name Credits Semester
VM 810 Intro to Food Safety & Prof Development Description 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
VM 811 Evolution and Ecology of Foodborne Pathogens Description 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
VM 812 Food Safety Toxicology Description 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
VM 831 Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Description 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
FSC 810* International Food Laws & Regulations Description 3* Fall, Spring
FSC 811* U.S. Food Laws & Regulations Description 3* Fall, Spring
VM 830 Food Safety Research Methods Description 3 Fall, Summer
VM 815 Applied Project in Food Safety Description 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
Elective Courses
Course Code Course Name Credits Semester
PKG 805 Advanced Packaging Dynamics Description 3 Spring
PKG 815 Permeability and Shelf Life Description 3 Spring
PKG 827 Polymeric Packaging Materials Description 3 Fall
PKG 828 Processing and Applications of Packaging Plastics Description 3 Spring
PKG 875 Stability & Recyclability of Packaging Materials Description 3 Fall (odd)
PKG 850 Packaging Value Chain Description 3 Fall
VM 814 Packaging for Food Safety Description 3 Summer
VM 840 Anti-Counterfeit Strategy & Product Protection Description 3 Summer

*Either FSC 810 or FSC 811 is required for the Food Safety MS degree.

It is important to note that this certificate is designed for students who have completed prior course work in Packaging and/or who have a professinal background in Packaging.  Supplemental courses may be recommended as prerequisities to these elective options.  For more information about this certificate please see http://www.packaging.msu.edu/industry_testing_services/online_certificates.

Credit Summary:

Students must complete the seven (7) core courses plus three (3) elective courses.
For electives: students must complete two of the following courses (equating to six credits): PKG 805, PKG 815, PKG 827, PKG 828, PKG 850, or PKG 875 AND one of the following courses (equating to three credits): VM 814 or VM 840 = a total of nine credits.
21 core credits + 9 elective credits = 30 credits