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2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Computer Science

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Department of Computer Science Students working on a computer

Purdue Computer Science is one of the country’s top-ranked programs. Faculty members are shaping the future of information technology through cutting-edge research. Students can take courses that include such topics as graphics and animation, competitive programming, cryptography and security, networks, software engineering, distributed systems, information systems, artificial intelligence, and bioinformatics. Computer Science graduates pursue careers in animation and visualization, biotechnology, computational finance, computer graphics, consulting, information security, wireless systems, and software engineering. Many also go on to graduate or professional school in areas such as business, law, or medicine.

The department is located in the Lawson Computer Science Building, which opened in 2006. In addition to offering an inviting and comfortable environment, the building is equipped with cutting-edge networking and computing technologies, including 10-gigabit Ethernet cabling and wireless access throughout the building. There are four classrooms, four instructional labs, five research labs, and a student activity center. The building also offers students a variety of interaction areas, and a deli-style café and espresso bar. A 16-by-9 foot tiled video wall donated by the Harris Corporation is used for a variety of purposes, including notices of campus events, workshop and colloquium speakers, news and information, research demonstrations, and class projects.

The Purdue Computer Science Department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS), a minor in computer science, or a 5-year combined BS/MS degree. The department also offers an Honors Program, and the opportunity to participate in the Cooperative Education Program. A transfer program is also available, TSAP in Computer Science.


Computer Science Website

Contact Information

General Department Contact
Purdue University
Department of Computer Science
305 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2107
Phone: (765) 494-6010
Fax: (765) 494-0739

Graduate Information

For Graduate Information please see Computer Science Graduate Program Information .

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