Apply technology to intervene in problems and improve the human or business condition.

Computer and Information Technology

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?

Application developer
Business analyst
IT Consultant
Network administrator

Where can I go?

JPMorgan Chase
Freddie Mac
I really liked computers in high school, so I found CIT. I like the variety of classes and the different avenues you can choose in the computer techie world. For a class project, we got to build a database scheme with one of the veterinary clinics in Lafayette.
Collin Stevens
Computer and Information Technology

What to expect in Computer and Information Technology

Core courses

CNIT 18000 Introduction To Systems Development
CNIT 15501 Introduction To Software Development Concepts
CNIT 17600 Information Technology Architectures
CNIT 25501 Object-Oriented Programming Introduction
CNIT 27200 Database Fundamentals
CNIT 24200 System Administration
CNIT 28000 Systems Analysis And Design Methods
CNIT 38000 Advanced Analysis and Design

What it's like to be a TECHIE!

The Polytechnic learning environment

Our learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep knowledge, applied skills, and experiences in their chosen discipline, but also problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

About the 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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