Leverage statistical and machine learning techniques by applying and evaluating database analytics approaches, techniques and tools to solve problems.

Data Analytics, Technologies and Applications

Data Analytics, Technologies and Applications Major

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

Our digital lives consist of data and information. Industry and other organizations need to use that data and information to strengthen their decision-making processes, which means that they need information technology professionals who can enable, support and use data analytics and applications.

These analytics-enabled jobs create a need for information technology/computing professionals with the specialized knowledge required to enable and support data science and related applications. The Data Analytics, Technologies and Applications (DATA) major addresses the severe shortage of data information technology/computing professionals who can implement effective solutions in this analytics-driven space. Moreover, the DATA major can effectively prepare students for careers in which they understand and maximize data science insights or even support data collection and processing.

Students will:

  • Develop strong foundations in statistical and machine learning techniques.
  • Apply analytics approaches, techniques and tools to solve problems.
  • Evaluate such approaches, techniques and tools for effective use.

What can I do?

Data Engineer
Data Analyst
Database Administrator
Data Scientist

Where can I go?



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

After competing in a design competition here at Purdue in my sophomore year of high school, I knew this was my dream school. As a visual learner, I wanted more experience working with technology used in the industry than sitting in lectures and CIT offers me that. With wonderful faculty and advisors to help me with any questions I have, I couldn't have chosen a better college.
Sravya Antharam
Computer 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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