Gain the expertise to solve networking challenges with the best-suited hardware and software options.

Network Engineering Technology

The world operates on the back-end of computers – networks of computers. Whether it is wired or wireless, information must be able to travel the network securely, efficiently and accurately. The network engineering technology major focuses on high-level design and planning of networks, with a foundation in hardware and software needs to solve computer networking problems.  Your coursework within your first-year includes information technology architecture, systems development and software development concepts.

During your pursuit of a network engineering degree, you’ll work with faculty in the Department of Computer and Information Technology who have years of experience in industry or government. They conduct research on topics such as cybersecurity, high-performance computing, homeland security, cyber forensics, robotics, and health and bioinformatics.

Special Features

  • Information technology careers are among the fastest growing in the country (and around the world).
  • Labs held in specially designed information technology facilities give valuable real-world experience.
  • Focus on communications, business and teamwork skills in anticipation of an information technology career.
  • Mold your curriculum to fit your talents and interests. Your plan of study is a hybrid of set courses and selective.  As you start to gain interest in one of the key components of network engineering technology – networks, hardware or software, you have the opportunity to dive deeper into those disciplines.
  • Network engineering students have the opportunity to take courses abroad at partner institutions in Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Peru, Australia and Korea.  Opportunities range in duration from 1 week to a full semester.
  • Beyond Purdue University and Polytechnic career fairs, network engineering majors can take advantage of an annual career fair planned for and by information technology students through Purdue’s AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) chapter.
  • Perfect your skills with student competitions and other opportunities with student activities.
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

What can I do?

Network Engineer
Network Architect
Systems Engineer

Where can I go?

Cisco Systems
West Monroe Partners
Verizon Wireless
CIT is a lot more than just IT. I didn’t know beforehand that it has a lot of group projects and teamwork, but it has improved my ability to problem-solve in groups. I want to do something with cybersecurity, and I’m minoring in Russian. The culture is absolutely fascinating!
Anna Larson
Network Engineering Technology

What to expect in Network Engineering Technology

Core courses

CNIT 15501 Introduction To Software Development Concepts
CNIT 17600 Information Technology Architectures
CNIT 18000 Introduction To Systems Development
CNIT 24000 Data Communications And Networking
CNIT 24200 System Administration
CNIT 25501 Object-Oriented Programming Introduction
CNIT 27000 Cybersecurity Fundamentals
CNIT 27200 Database Fundamentals
CNIT 28000 Systems Analysis And Design Methods
CNIT 31500 Systems Programming
CNIT 32000 Policy, Regulation, and Globalization in Information Technology
CNIT 34000 UNIX Administration
CNIT 34200 Advanced System And Network Administration
CNIT 34210 Storage Area Networking
CNIT 34220 Network Administration
CNIT 34500 Internetwork Design And Implementation
CNIT 34600 Wireless Networks
CNIT 45500 Network Security
CNIT 48000 Managing Information Technology Projects

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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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