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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Virtual Product Integration, BS

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About the Program

Modern product manufacturing is increasingly supported by data-driven design, production and support throughout a product’s lifecycle. With a major in virtual product integration (VPI), you will use the latest tools to effectively communicate and support each step in the product’s lifecycle. 

In your classes, you will define, build, and visualize 3D models to demonstrate how products are built, how they are made, and how they are serviced and supported. You will develop simulations and visualizations to demonstrate and validate how products function. Your work will be done primarily with product lifecycle management (PLM) software tools for simulation, computer-aided design (CAD), and product data management (PDM). To gain relevant experience, you will have the opportunity to work in industry and be an integral part of teams that implement and utilize these technologies.

The foundation of virtual product integration is the use of digital representations of a product. They are created using trusted processes focused on information technology and how the product is used. In the workforce, digital data and the data stream make the workflow for design, manufacturing, collaboration and sustainment more efficient.

You will join others students in the program who design data workflows and data flow processes to communicate product information throughout the product lifecycle to those people who need it. In addition, your work can be used to develop new software tools or modify and extend existing software tools. 

Special Features

  • Combine your skills in modeling, information technology and engineering concepts to help companies produce better projects
  • Learn the skills necessary to connect the knowledge of other members of a work team and move a project forward
  • Work on research projects with faculty and graduate students to add to your portfolio and improve industry processes
  • Be considered for industry and research internships with leading companies and in faculty laboratories.
  • Multiple opportunities for graduate-level education, to help you become a researcher or respected leader in your field of expertise.
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Virtual Product Integration  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

Catalog Term: 201610
120 Credit Hours to Graduate
“C-” or better required in all major courses

Departmental/Program Major Courses (41 credits)

Major Selectives* ‐ Select 3 of the following courses (9 credits)


  • CGT Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CGT Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CGT Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (28 credits)

Electives (51 credits)

  • Human Behavior Humanities for core - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science Selective for core - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities Elective - Credit Hours: 6.00
  • Technical Elective - Credit Hours: 9.00
  • Advanced English Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Management Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Communication Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CGT Global Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Free Elective - Credit Hours: 15.00

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

Program Requirements

14 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

  • CGT Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CGT Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Advanced English Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Free Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement

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

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

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


For Supplemental CGT Information click here .

Degree Requirements

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

myPurdue Plan is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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