Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog 
    
2024-2025 University Catalog

Game Development, BS

Location(s): West Lafayette


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 development 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 Development Website

Game Development Major Change (CODO) Requirements    

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (54 credits)


Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (52 credits)


Electives (14 credits)


Any course, any subject - Credit Hours: 14.00

Cornerstone Certificate


Cornerstone Certificate  required for this major.

Supplemental List


Click here for Game Development Supplemental Information .

Grade Requirements


  • Students must earn a “C-” or better in all CGT courses.
  • Students must earn an “S” in CGT 20500, 30505, 40500.
  • 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


  • 2.00 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 admisions office Transfer Credit Course Evaluation 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.

To obtain the Civics Literacy Proficiency, students will complete an educational activity as part of their chosen Civics Literacy Pathway and pass the Purdue Civics knowledge test.  The knowledge test can be completed at any time while the pathway is being perused.  There are three different pathways:

  • Civics Event pathway - Attend six approved civics-related events and pass the required exam; or
  • Civics Literacy Podcast pathway - Complete 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement that use C-SPAN material and pass the required exam; or
  • Approved course pathway - Complete  one of the following approved courses and pass the required exam.

More details about each pathway and how to complete the requirement can be found on the Civics Literacy Student Dashboard in myPurdue.

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


15 Credits


14 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


16 Credits


Spring 4th Year


15 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.

Comparative information about Purdue University and other U.S. educational institutions is also available through the College Navigator tool, provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, and through the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.