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2023-2024 University Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University Catalog

Building Information Modeling, BS


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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 (58 credits)


Electives (17 credits)


Any course, any subject.  Credit Hours: 17.00

Cornerstone Certificate


Cornerstone Certificate  required for this major.

Grade Requirements


  • Students must earn a “C-” or better in all CGT courses.
  • 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.

GPA Requirements


  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Course Requirements and Notes


A course can only satisfy one degree requirement in the plan of study. 

Non-course / Non-credit Requirements


  • Intercultural Requirement - Credit Hours: 0.00
  • Humanities Requirement - Credit Hours: 0.00
  • Professional Requirement - Credit Hours: 0.00

See Supplemental Information for details.

Pass/No Pass Policy


  • Pass/No Pass may be allowed for Electives or Technical Electives only.

Transfer Credit Policy


CGT adheres to the admissions office Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide.

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. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

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).

Upper Level Requirement


  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Additional Information


Sample 4-Year Plan


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


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”. 

Disclaimer


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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