What is Computer and Information Technology

Vision Statement

The Department of Computer and Information Technology will be nationally recognized as a benchmark institution for educating professionals, practitioners, and future leaders of existing and emerging information technologies, and advancing economic development through engagement and discovery partnerships with business, industry, and government.

Mission Statement

The Department of Computer and Information Technology educates professional practitioners and managers of information technology, accelerates information technology transfer to business and industry, and develops innovations in the application of emerging information technology through learning, engagement, and discovery by its faculty and students.

  • To its students, the department provides world-class curricula that facilitate student-centered and laboratory-based learning of information technologies that are relevant to their lives and careers, valuable in terms of content and competencies, and connected to the needs of industry.
  • To industry, the department produces practitioner-oriented information technology professionals and future leaders who can immediately contribute to problem solving and business results through application of information technology. Computer and Information Technology actively partners with industry through engagement that both contribute to life-long learning as well as the discovery of application of information technology solutions to business needs.
  • To other educators, the department is a partner through professional service and discovery of learning that extends the frontiers of information technology education and outreach.
  • To society, the department is a citizen and partner that advance the economic and social development of the State of Indiana, the nation, and the world through technology transfer.

Academic Programs and Statewide Delivery System

The Department of Computer and Information Technology offers the Associate in Science program at the West Lafayette campus as well as at Purdue Polytechnic Institut locations at Anderson, Columbus, Kokomo, South Bend, Elkhart, and Southeastern Indiana. The Associate in Science degree emphasizes application programming and end-user computing skills while providing the foundation for continued education (B.S. degree) and professional growth (training).

The Purdue West Lafayette campus offers the Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Information Systems Development. The B.S. curriculum allows students to specialize in one of four concentrations:

  • Database management (for transactional and informational databases)
  • Software development (applied software engineering)
  • Systems integration (systems analysis and design)
  • Telecommunications and networking (local and wide area networks)

The B.S. program provides a foundation for continued education (e.g., graduate education) and professional growth (through training). The database management and systems integration options will soon be offered at the Columbus location.

The Department of Computer and Information Technology also participates in the master of Science in Technology degree program, offering a specialization in Computer and Information Technology. This degree provides students with educational opportunities related to emerging and advanced information technology education to prepare future information technologists and leaders to explore, select, apply and manage information technology.

The Department also offers a minor in End User Computing for majors in other schools and departments of the University. The end user computing minor emphasizes knowledge and skills for personal, work group, and enterprise productivity that can be applied to the knowledge-base of end users who are not computing professionals.