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Building Information Modeling, BS

About the Program

BIM (Building Information Modeling) should be understood as a process starting with the creation of a 3D model that is facilitated by the latest digital design technology and providing a holistic approach to construction that unifies design, building and documentation across a product’s lifespan. BIM has caused a considerable positive disruption to the construction industry help transform the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry through it’s communicative and collaborative approach. Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) is action taken on BIM.  VDC is simply a visual management methodology using BIM as part of our proven construction analysis and work processes. When you major in Building Information Modeling at Purdue University, you’ll gain skills that will help a construction team create detailed designs of a 3D model generating a set of construction documentation to utilize in managing the buildings construction process from inception to facility management and beyond.  You will learn about a wide range of topics necessary in the field, such as construction graphics, documentation, modeling, materials, methods of construction, casework, steelwork, carpentry, and MEPF trades.  You will also learn about jobsite management and safety as well as the codes governing the construction & management structures.

The Building Information Modeling 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.

Building Information Modeling Website

Building Information Modeling Major Change (CODO) Requirements:  

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (45 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (61 credits)

Electives (14 credits)

Any course, any subject.  Credit Hours: 14.00

Additional Degree Requirements

Click here for Building Information Modeling Supplemental Information .

Cornerstone Certificate required.  Click here for Cornerstone Certificate .

University Requirements

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.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

12 Credits


  • Students must earn a “C-” or better in all CGT courses.
  • Pass/No Pass may be allowed for Electives or Technical Electives only.

  • 120 semester credit hours & 2.0 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 IF.32 Credit Hours of 30000 or 40000 level Purdue courses for graduation.
  • Cornerstone Certificate is required with this major.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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