Keep your employer’s systems functioning efficiently and their data safe as you manage applications, databases and networks.

Computer and Information Technology

Computer and Information Technology Major

A major in the Computer and Information Technology Program
in the Department of Computer and Information Technology

This major is also available at the Purdue in Indianapolis campus. Learn more here.

Help fight crime or keep a corporation running efficiently with a degree from Purdue’s computer and information technology program. As computers find their way into every part of our lives, information technology professionals are needed to keep the systems functioning and the data safe. Your information technology courses and the problem-solving skills will prepare you for careers in almost any industry.

You’ll learn how to increase efficiencies as you work with computer applications, management information systems, databases, and computer networks. Your tasks will include planning, analyzing, designing, constructing, and maintaining these areas.

Computer and information technology courses provide students with strong technical skills, a thorough understanding of business needs, and the ability to communicate effectively with customers, peers, and industry leaders.

CIT offers a B.S. degree in Information Technology with opportunities to customize the degree by adding concentration(s) and/or cross-disciplinary minor(s) based on individual interests.  Examples include Business Management, Big Data, Bioinformatics, Cyber Security, Health Informatics, High Performance Computing, Info-tainment Multi-Media, Innovation and Commercialization, International Studies, Modern Manufacturing, Network Engineering, Systems Analysis and Design or “I have my own ideas”.

Special Features

  • Gain real-work experience as you design, implement, and administer local and wide-area networks
  • Improve job readiness with experience building high-bandwidth, wide-area networks capable of voice, video, and multi-protocol data
  • Further specialize with coursework from four areas: software development; systems analysis, design, and integration; data management; or wireless networking
  • Take advantage of updated courses in emerging fields such as cyber forensics, biomedical informatics, high performance computing, information security, and wireless networking
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

What can I do?

Technical Support Analyst
IT Analyst
IT Support Analyst
App Developer
Tech Support Engineer
Software Developer

Where can I go?

JPMorgan Chase
Freddie Mac


The computer and information technology program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s general criteria and program criteria for Information Technology and similarly named computing programs.

Purdue Polytechnic provided me with invaluable opportunities to explore leadership roles where I could effectively contribute to achieving organizational goals, empower my team to reach their full potential, and gain essential hands-on experience realistic industry settings, preparing me for a career in IT.
Cat Morales
Computer and Information Technology
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About the school/department

The Department of Computer and Information Technology provides educational opportunities that apply information technology to solve societal challenges. From cyber forensics and Big Data, to databases and analytics, impactful research is improving society and enriching the constantly updated academic programs.

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