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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer and Information Technology, BS

About the Program

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

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (51 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (66 credits)

Free Elective (3 credits)

Any non-remedial course - Credit Hours: 3.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Additional Degree Requirements

CNIT Supplemental Information  

Globalization Requirement

18Globalization Requirement (Complete one of the following options)

  • Complete any university-sponsored study abroad program lasting at least 7 days*
  • Complete an internship or approved international research project that involves at least 7 days of international travel*
  • Provide documentation of having lived/traveled outside home country for at least 15 days after a student’s 12th birthday*

* The above options require a three page reflection paper on what you learned from your experience - submit to CIT-Global@purdue.edu

  • Earn credit in Level I and II courses (6 credit hours) in any one foreign language
  • Earn six credit hours in foreign culture study courses:

Professional IT Experience Requirement

17Professional IT Experience requirement (Complete one of the following options)

  • Professional IT internship (six week minimum duration)
  • 240 hours of IT employment
  • 240 hours of documented volunteer IT work
  • Service Learning Course (EPCS, CNIT 39000, or Equivalent) with responsibility for an IT component (3 credit hours minimum)

*A  three page reflection paper on what you learned from your experience is required for all options - submit to CIT-Prof-IT@purdue.edu

Program Requirements

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • Interdisciplinary Selective 15 - Credit Hours: 3.00

    Information Technology Selective 12 - Credit Hours: 3.00

    Information Technology Selective 12 - Credit Hours: 3.00

    Humanities Foundational Selective 10 - Credit Hours: 3.00 *

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Free Elective16 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Information Technology Selective 12 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Interdisciplinary Selective15 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Interdisciplinary Selective15 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Behavioral/Social Sciences Foundational Selective11 - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


*Fulfills University Core

Students must earn a C- or better in all CNIT courses that are a prerequisite to another CNIT course

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree

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


Co-Curricular Requirements include the following:

  • Professional IT Experience
  • Globalization requirement

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