Study how organizations use computer systems and design solutions to help them operate more efficiently and effectively.

Systems Analysis and Design

Study how organizations use computer systems and procedures and then design information systems solutions to help them operate more efficiently and effectively. You will combine business practices with programming, applications and databases. In the workforce, information systems professionals work in a variety roles including computer systems analyst, designer, and consultant or business analyst in a variety of industries and with people from a variety of professions. You will be encouraged to further specialize with a minor in a specific field, such as healthcare, finance, agriculture or manufacturing. Your coursework within your fist-year includes information technology architecture, systems development and software development concepts.

During your pursuit of a systems analysis 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

  • Systems analyst and similar careers are among the highest in demand in the country (and around the world).
  • Gain real-world experience through labs and team projects. Labs are held in specially designed information technology facilities give valuable real-world experience.
  • 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.
  • 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 systems analysis and design – programming, applications, or databases, you have the opportunity to dive deeper into those disciplines.
  • Systems analysis and design 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.
  • Focus on communications, business and teamwork skills in anticipation of an information technology career
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

What can I do?

Business analyst
System architect
System designer
System consultant

Where can I go?

Cisco Systems
Bank of America
Microsoft
Discover Financial Services
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 and Information Technology

What to expect in Systems Analysis and Design

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
CNIT 39200 Enterprise Data Management

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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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