Jul 18, 2018  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology, BSTS

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Follow your passions and discover new ones in a Bachelor of Science program at Purdue University. You will design a personalized plan of study in our new transdisciplinary studies in technology major, blending fields like humanities and business with these technology-focused disciplines:

  • Computing and graphics
  • Construction management
  • Engineering technologies
  • Leadership and innovation
  • Aviation technologies

Featuring hands-on team-based projects, transdisciplinary studies in technology will help you become a lifelong learner. It’s a program especially for the trailblazers, the challenge-seekers, the pioneers - the students who are independent minded, ambitious, creative, passionate, reflective, and inventive.

A new major which made national headlines, transdisciplinary studies in technology is an educational experience unlike any other because it combines individualized learning with close mentoring by faculty experts and a competency based curriculum which clearly defines each ability, skill, behavior, and body of knowledge that you’ll master.

Employers today have many positions with job titles that didn’t exist only a few years ago. Want to forge your own path? Transdisciplinary studies in technology will provide you with broad technical competence and the abilities to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to adapt and thrive in our ever-changing world.

This unique competency-based degree is offered only by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, one of the 10 academic colleges at Purdue University’s main campus.

Special features

  • In each semester’s unique Design Lab and Seminar learning environments, you will learn discipline-specific theory and how to apply it to real-world problems.
  • It’s a student-centered culture called “” which focuses more on “show us what you can do with what you know” and less on memorization.
  • You will create an electronic portfolio which documents your abilities and mastery of subjects - which you may choose to share with potential employers.
  • Your peers might be studying different disciplines, so each of you will learn about different topics and contribute unique skills to make projects successful - a parallel of work environments common in industry.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (36 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (84 credits)

  • UCC Written Communication - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • UCC Oral Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • UCC Information Literacy - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • UCC Quantitative Reasoning - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • UCC Science - Credit Hours: 7.00
  • UCC Science, Technology and Society  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • UCC Human Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • UCC Behavioral/Social Science  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Advanced MA (>15999) or STAT (>19999) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • >20000  Humanities - Credit Hours: 3.00

  • >30000 level Oral Comm or Written Comm - Credit Hours: 3.00

  • >09999 Technology Selective (Any AT, BCM, CGT, CNIT, ECET, ENGT, IET, IT, MET, MFET, OLS, TECH, TLI 10000 level or higher) - Credit Hours: 3.00

  • >10000 Disciplinary Knowledge - Credit Hours: 9.00

  • >20000 Disciplinary Knowledge - Credit Hours: 13.00

  • >30000 Disciplinary Knowledge - Credit Hours: 12.00

  • >40000 Disciplinary Knowledge - Credit Hours: 9.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Additional Requirements

Select here  for additional lists.

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

16.5 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15.5 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

13.5 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16.5 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

14.5 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16.5 Credits

Fall 4th Year

13.5 Credits

Spring 4th Year

13.5 Credits


* Fulfills University Core

1.  Non-course degree requirement: Student demonstration of expertise in eight broad competencies. Monitored and reviewed continuously in Transdisciplinary Learning Experiences (PTEC 10800, 20800, …). ePortfolio is formally assessed 4 times during the plan of study to satisfy this requirement. 

2. These are courses specifically designed for this degree. ePortfolio (PTEC 20700, 40700) are pass/no pass. Transdisciplinary Learning Experiences (PTEC 10800-40800) are variable credit.

3.  Any courses from the Undergraduate Curriculum Council (UCC) Approved Course List to satisfy the appropriate foundational core requirement. Acronyms are as follows: BSS - Behavioral/Social Sciences, HUM - Humanities, IL - Information Literacy, OC - Oral Communication, QR - Quantitative  Reasoning, STS - Science, Technology and Society, WC - Written Communication.  It is preferred that students take one course from physical sciences and one from life sciences.

4.  Any course for which the student meets the prerequisites and meets their personal and professional goals as determined by the student in consultation with their faculty mentor.

5.  By the end of the Semester 3, students identify their mission and, with the help of their faculty mentor, develop a detailed plan of learning. At this time, they identify one or more technology disciplines and at least one humanities discipline. For example, Computing (CIT, CGT or ECET), Engineering Technology (ECET, MET or MFET), Built environment (CM), Aviation (AT), or Technology Leadership and Innovation (TLI), and non-technology areas such as history, philosophy, communication, etc.

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