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2023-2024 University Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University Catalog

Computer and Information Technology, BS


About the Program


The Computer and Information Technology major is part of the Computer and Information Technology program. The Computer and Information Technology program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

As computers find their way into every part of our lives, information technology professionals are needed to keep the systems functioning and the data safe. Your information technology courses and problem-solving skills will prepare you for careers in almost any industry. You’ll learn how to increase efficiencies as you work with computer applications, management information systems, databases, and computer networks. Computer and information technology courses provide students with strong technical skills, a thorough understanding of business needs, and the ability to communicate effectively with customers, peers, and industry leaders.

Computer and Information Technology Website

Computer and Information Technology Department Major Change (CODO) Requirements   

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (51 credits)


A C- GPA is required across all CNIT courses

Information Technology Selectives (15 credits)


At least nine credits must be CNIT courses.

  • Any non-required 30000 level or higher CNIT course or EPICS (EPCS): participation in EPICS requires responsibility for an IT component and  CIT faculty approval; CGT courses 30000 level or higher

CIT Common Core (42 credits)


Introductory Oral Communication Selective (satisfies Oral Communication for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00


Calculus I (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00


Calculus II (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00


Design Thinking (satisfies Information Literacy and Science, Technology & Society Selective for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00


Behavioral/Social Science Foundational Selective (satisfies Human Culture Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00


Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Sciences (BSS)

Three credits required from the Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Sciences (BSS) list in the following link:  http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html

Humanities Selective (satisfies Human Cultures: Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00


Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)

Three credits required from the Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM) list in the following link:  http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html

Science Selective (satisfies Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00


Science(SCI)

Three credits required from the Science(SCI) list in the following link:  http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html

Lab Science Selective (satisfies Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00


Science (SCI) - with Lab Component

Three credits required from the Science(SCI) list in the following link: http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html 

Verify the course has a lab component when scheduling.

The following courses are typically offered with a lab component:

Economics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00


 AGEC 21700 or ECON 21000: credit can only be used for one of these courses to fulfill a degree requirement.

Globalization Requirement - Credit Hours: 0.00


All students must complete the Polytechnic Growth Plan for Global Awareness and Intercultural Competency.

Step 1: Complete the Pre-test Intercultural Development Inventory Assessments (1st year) 

Step 2: Complete CNIT 32000 or CNIT 37100

Step 3: Complete the Post-test Intercultural Development Inventory Assessments (4th year) 

NOTE FOR TRANSFER/CODO STUDENTS: Transfer and CODO students with less than 75 credit hours remaining to completed their Polytechnic Plan of Study are exempt from Step 1 (taking the IDI Pretest). 

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (24 credits)


Interdisciplinary Selective - Credit Hours: 15.00


Globalization Requirement - Credit Hours: 0.00


Elective (3 credits)


  • Elective (non-remedial course) - Credit Hours: 3.00

Grade Requirements


  • Students must earn a C- or better in all CNIT courses that are a prerequisite to another CNIT course
  • Any course taken at Purdue can be attempted no more than three times (inclusive of W, WF, WN, I, and IF)

GPA Requirements


  • 2.0 Cummulative GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
  • 2.0 Cummulative GPA in all CNIT courses required for Bachelor of Science degree

Course Requirements and Notes


  • Courses with the ♦ are essential for the CIT degree critical path to graduation
  • Students must select courses from Computer and Information Technology Supplemental Information
  • Credit cannot be earned for both AGEC 21700 and ECON 21000 to fulfill degree requirements
  • Credit cannot be earned for both COM 31400 and COM 31500 to fulfill degree requirements
  • A single course may not fulfill multiple requirements within the CIT BS degree​

Non-course / Non-credit Requirements


  • Co-Curricular Requirements include the following:
    • Professional IT Experience
    • Globalization requirement

Pass/No Pass Policy


College, department, major P/NP policy. Any exceptions to the rule should also be included.

Transfer Credit Policy


College, department, major transfer credit (including any/all undistributed credit, TR graded course, AP/IB credit, etc.) should be clearly stated. Can transfer credit be applied to the major? If yes, how and where?

University Requirements


University Core Requirements


For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement


The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course).

Upper Level Requirement


  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Additional Information


Any additional information that does not fit into any of the categories above.

Sample 4-Year Plan


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Fall 4th Year


  • Information Technology Selective  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities Foundational Selective  - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • Interdisciplinary Selective  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Interdisciplinary Selective  - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Information Technology Selective  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Information Technology Selective  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Interdisciplinary Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Interdisciplinary Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 

Disclaimer


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

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