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College of Technology

Department of Computer and Information Technology

Success in business and industry is dependent upon information systems that provide timely and correct information, support efficient business processes and promote effective communication across the enterprise. Information technology professionals are responsible for meeting this need.

What is an information system? Every day we come in contact with various information systems, such as course registration systems, hospital patient records systems, inventory control systems, automatic bank teller machines, smart phones and email systems.

What is information technology? Information technology provides the "engine" used to drive useful information systems. This technology includes computers, software and computer networks. CIT students learn to harness the power of information technology to create information systems and networks that solve business problems and create a competitive advantage.

CIT graduates are recruited by companies such as Allstate, Cerner, Crowe Horwath, Discover Financial Services, Eli Lilly, Exxon Mobil, IBM, Interactive Intelligence, John Deere, Lockheed Martin, State Farm and U.S. Steel.

The B.S. in CIT program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

College of Technology Statewide

The College of Technology statewide provides programs in computer and information technology at several Indiana locations. See College of Technology Statewide.

Bachelor of Science Degrees

The Department of Computer and Information Technology (CIT) offers the bachelor of science degree in computer and information technology at West Lafayette, Columbus and Kokomo. The B.S. degree program in West Lafayette offers the choice of two concentrations: (1) information systems technology and (2) networking engineering technology. The plan of study for each concentration is included in this catalog.

Curriculum Currency and Changes

Degree requirements in a dynamic discipline such as CIT are constantly changing. See the department's website at www.purdue.edu/tech/cit or visit a department counselor for the latest curriculum requirements and concentrations. Appointments are recommended.

A student is bound by the curriculum that was in effect at the time of his/her last admission or CODO into computer and information technology. In some cases, a student may elect to change from his/her original curriculum into the most recent curriculum; however, when a student elects to do so, he or she is bound to fulfill all of the requirements of the new curriculum.


The requirements of the CIT curriculum and faculty is that all new CIT students possess basic proficiencies with personal computing applications. These proficiencies are described on the department website. The faculty expects that all students are able to use and demonstrate these skills in any CNIT course. Students can develop or refresh these skills by completing a personal computing applications literacy course such as CNIT 13600 or an equivalent. These courses do not carry credit toward any CIT degree requirement but can be very useful for learning and/or refreshing your PC skills and proficiencies.

CIT students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite CNIT courses in order to enroll in a CNIT postrequisite course and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all CNIT courses.

Database management courses teach students how to analyze, design, construct and implement database and data warehousing systems for business transaction processing and operations, management information and decision support.

Software development and computer programming courses prepare students to develop and maintain small, medium and large application software, including mobile applications. The computing courses focus on using programming languages to construct these software applications for a variety of hardware and software platforms and networks.

Systems analysis, design and integration courses teach students how to analyze, design, develop and/or integrate unique information technology solutions such as e-business applications, enterprise resource applications and all types of information systems. Emphasis is placed on systems thinking and problem solving.

Computational life sciences courses prepare students to learn to investigate and explore the tools and objectives of research in the life sciences industry relevant to the skills of information technology, and to understand the methods inherent to bioinformatics and computational life sciences and their role in commercialism and discovery.

Computer forensics courses introduce students to computer forensics and cyber-crime scene analysis and various laws and regulations dealing with computer forensic analysis. The focus is on emerging international standards for computer forensic analysis as well as a formal methodology for conducting computer forensic investigations.

High-performance computing and cyberinfrastructure courses emphasize developing and administering distributed computing systems in any company or institution; developing new computational tools for scientific computing; and conducting research on distributed and grid computing architecture at the local, regional and worldwide scale.

To complement the computing courses, classes in interpersonal communications, business, economics and liberal arts are required. To complete assignments, students work in state-of-the-art computing laboratories dedicated to instruction and research in the following areas: computer forensics, high-performance computing, indoor and outdoor wireless, LAN and WAN, software development for mobile devices, network security, steganography/malware, telemedicine/telecare, and wet biomedical informatics.

Read more at www.tech.purdue.edu/cit.