Computing Difference

The Computing Difference

Whether you like to create, design, network or protect, Purdue Polytechnic has a computing major with your name on it!

At Purdue Polytechnic, the way you learn is as important as what you learn.‚Äč

It takes all types of creativity to solve challenges. The world especially needs those select individuals who can combine their creative talents with technical abilities!

Purdue Polytechnic has more than a dozen computer-centric majors that range from creative — like the animation and visual effects major — to highly technical, such as the cybersecurity and network engineering technology majors.

Flex your imagination and inventiveness at Purdue Polytechnic. We can help you find the right computing-focused major for your talents!

Computing Difference

COMPUTING & GRAPHICS MAJORS

ANIMATION AND VISUAL EFFECTS 

Enhance entertainment and informational videos by combining real and virtual actors and settings. Learn skills in rendering, motion, lighting and texturing.

Career Options
  • 3D modeler
  • Technical director
  • Visual effects compositor

  • Motion graphics compositor

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING

Use digital models to design the construction of buildings and infrastructure in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

Career Options
  • Building information modeling manager
  • Building information modeling designer
  • Design engineer
  • Animator

COMPUTER AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Keep your employer’s computer systems functioning efficiently and their data safe as you manage information systems, applications, databases and networks.

Career Options
  • Application developer
  • Business analyst
  • IT consultant
  • Network administrator

COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Study programming techniques and learn how embedded microcomputer systems sense their environments to control the systems that contain them.

Career Options
  • Test engineer
  • Application engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Project engineer

COMPUTING INFRASTRUCTURE AND NETWORK ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Focus on high-level computer network design with a foundation in hardware and software to manage networks and solve networking challenges.

Career Options
  • Network engineer
  • Network architect
  • Systems engineer
  • Network manager

CYBERSECURITY

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is high! Learn to create and maintain secure networks and ways to track down hackers who aim to breach that security.

Career Options
  • Computer security incident responder
  • Security analyst
  • IT security administrator
  • Source code auditor

DATA ANALYTICS, TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS

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

Career Options
  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Data engineer
  • Data architect

DATA VISUALIZATION

Learn to communicate technical, scientific, medical and other complex information in easy-to-understand formats, such as graphs and maps.

Career Options
  • Data visualization engineer
  • Data analyst
  • Digital media data scientist
  • Visual designer

GAME DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN

Bring virtual worlds to life in industries that include education, health care, science, research, employee training and, of course, gaming!

Career Options
  • Technical artist
  • Game design scripter
  • Cinematic lead
  • Animation/performance tracker

SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN

Combine business practices with databases, programming and applications to design information systems solutions that help organizations operate efficiently.

Career Options
  • Business analyst
  • System architect
  • System designer
  • System consultant

UX DESIGN

User experience (UX) designers incorporate customer feedback to research end users’ needs and brainstorm solutions that help them navigate products and surroundings.

Career Options
  • User experience engineer
  • User researcher
  • Front-end developer
  • User interface designer

WEB PROGRAMMING AND DESIGN

Build secure, user-friendly web apps, such as information storage/retrieval programs and financial transactions, using PHP, Microsoft, open source MySQL and ASP environments.

Career Options
  • User interface designer
  • Web developer
  • Database administrator
  • Web architect

Computer and Information Technology

Unique features

  • Build solutions that bring together hardware (computer engineering), software (computer science) and networks.
  • Combine skills in systems or data analysis, customer relations and design to solve immediate problems and grand challenges.
  • Focus more on combining theoretical knowledge with technical intervention.

Skills for your future

  • People-oriented
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Project management
  • Maintain security and efficiency for organizations

Computer Graphics Technology

Unique features

  • Blend technology, visual communications and computer graphics systems to communicate ideas and data in graphical form.
  • Focus on a multidisciplinary approach incorporating elements of technology, software engineering, computer graphics and project management.
  • Experience hands-on learning with real-world senior design projects.
  • Work with actual clients to address existing or emerging issues within computer graphics.

Skills for your future

  • Creativity
  • Visualization
  • Problem solving
  • Design
  • Communication
  • Leadership

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