Dec 01, 2022
About the Program
Whether you want to contribute to blockbuster AAA titles, study virtual reality, or use gaming to help with medical therapies, Purdue University’s game studies major has a place for you. Purdue has been a leader in preparing students for careers in the games and animation industries. Because our professors are interested in new ideas and uses for computer games, they will help you stretch your imagination throughout the program. You will take classes in game development and design, animation, visualization, rendering and programming.
Research projects open to undergraduate students have focused on the use of games for sustainable energy, therapy and medicine, entertainment, information visualization and more.
The Game Development and Design major is part of the Computer Graphics Technology program. The Computer Graphics Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
Game Studies Website
Game Development and Design Major Change (CODO) Requirements
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (54 credits)
Required Major Courses (39 credits)
CGT Entertainment Selectives (15 credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (55 credits)
Electives (11 credits)
- Any course, any subject - Credit Hours: 11.00
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)
For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- Students must earn a “C-” or better in all CGT courses.
- Pass/No Pass may be allowed for CGT 20500, 30501, 40500, Electives or Technical Electives only.
- 120 semester credits & 2.00 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- Purdue policy states that a student may attempt a course no more than three (3) times.
- An attempt is defined as all courses displayed on a student’s transcript including, but not limited to A,B,C,D,E,F,W,WF,I and IF32 credit hours of 30000 or 40000 level Purdue courses for graduation.
- Cornerstone Certificate is required with this major.
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