Use digital models to design the construction of buildings and infrastructure in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling Major

Combining graphics expertise with broad construction knowledge, building information modeling (BIM) is helping to revolutionize the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry through its transformative and collaborative approach.

When you major in building information modeling (sometimes called “BIM modeling”) at Purdue University, you’ll gain skills that will help a construction team create detailed designs and documentation. The 3D computer model is at the heart of BIM. Once you have created a model using BIM software like AutoCAD or Revit, you can view the structure from inside specific rooms, from any angles, and even with different materials such as brick or siding. You will learn about a wide range of topics necessary in the field, such as carpentry, steel, and plumbing and electrical trades. On the job, your work will be used by design teams and project managers to assist in every step of the construction process, from material selection to estimating.

This major includes courses in computer graphics, programming, and construction materials and methods, and you will have opportunities to research and test new technologies and materials. In our building information modeling degree program, you will continuously learn new technologies, processes, workflows and protocols within AEC.


  • Benefit from faculty experience in BIM-related careers.
  • Network with successful alumni who work for top companies in the construction industry.
  • Gain industry-standard experience in labs and facilities with the latest BIM technologies and collaborate with your peers on group projects.
  • Improve your career prospects with real-world BIM research projects for industry clients.
  • Prepare for certification tests for Revit, AutoCAD and Blue Beam software.
  • Learn outside the classroom through student groups like the Purdue University Building Information Modeling Club.

What can I do?

Building information modeling (BIM) Manager
Building information modeling designer
Design engineer

Where can I go?

Pepper Construction
Holder Construction
Hensel Phelps
Hunt Construction
Satterfield and Pontikes
DPR Construction
Clayco Construction
The Hill Group
Gaylor Electric
CG Visions
Turner Construction
Mussett Nicholas & Associates, Inc.
Burns and McDonnell

The Computer Graphics Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s General Criteria with no applicable program criteria.

The Computer Graphics Technology program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s General Criteria with no applicable program criteria.

Thanks to my major, I have the ability to be a resource for my employer as they switch from an older system to a new software that turns out to have been a core part of my curriculum at Purdue.
Alexander Bardi
Building Information Modeling
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About the school/department

The Department of Computer Graphics Technology touches all aspects of computer graphics, from animation to scientific visualization, and from user experience to game studies. Research projects on these topics push the boundaries of how the medium can be used, while the variety of degree options prepares students to be practitioners and managers in an array of computer graphics-related careers.

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