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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Department of Computer Science

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Department of Computer Science

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 artificial intelligence and machine learning, security and cryptography, software engineering, networking, operating systems, graphics and animation, competitive programming, distributed systems, information systems, and bioinformatics. Computer Science graduates pursue careers in software engineering, data science, systems development, animation and visualization, computational finance, consulting, information security, wireless systems, embedded systems, and biotechnology. Many also go on to graduate or professional school in areas such as engineering, business, law, or medicine.

The Department also offers a Data Science program. A major in data science puts graduates at the forefront of an emerging field and prepares them for an exciting career at the intersection of computer science and statistics. Data Science is the interdisciplinary field of inquiry that uses quantitative and analytical methods to help gain insights and predictions based on big data. Students learn about key computational methods and statistical techniques and develop the deep analytical thinking skills needed to reason reliably, intelligently and creatively from data. The vast amounts of data generated every day has created a data-rich and data-driven world. The data science major opens pathways to careers in virtually every area of society, from healthcare, security and sustainability to education, business and economics.

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, five 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 is used for a variety of purposes, including notices of campus events, workshop and colloquium speakers, news and information, sporting events, 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.

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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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