Why Study Computer Information Technology?
As a Computer Information Technology major, you’ll experience each topic of the core curriculum in your first two years. The core courses span knowledge areas that include computational thinking / problem solving, algorithm development, database implementation, project management, human computer interaction, information assurance and security, networking technologies, platform technologies, and operating systems implementation.
Through classroom and lab interaction with experienced faculty and the ability to perform applied research and experiential learning, Computer Information Technology graduates are able to begin their professional work activities with the confidence and knowledge to be successful in their chosen field of work.
Why choose Purdue Northwest?
The Faculty of the Computer Information Technology and Graphics Department have a wealth of real world experience and are leaders in their respective disciplines. You will be mentored by experienced instructors and train in real-life laboratories and settings.You will gain a theoretical and hands-on understanding as to what it takes to succeed in a career in the computer information technology industry.
Professor Manghui (Michael) Tu is specialized in cybersecurity, and has brought to our department a wealth of knowledge and experience in cybersecurity.
In a short four year period, he has led two successful cybersecurity education efforts recognized by the U.S. government: the meeting of Department of Defense chaired Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) 4011 Security Standard, and, most visibly, the designation of a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
His effortless work has placed our computer information technology program on the national map. In the summer 2016, he and other department colleagues received an $88,000 grant from NAS/DHS to run GenCyber summer camps at Purdue University Northwest.
Areas of Study
- Software developers
- Web developers
- Mobile app developers
- Database analysts and developers
- Computer security specialists
- Network and system administrators
- Information technology architects
The Computer Information Technology Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. This ensures that the program is independently reviewed and meets the quality expectation for that profession.
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“I like that my classes cover a wide variety of technological skills. I’ve done many kinds of programming, web design, project management, networking, and computer security. I also like that most of my teachers have had experience in the topics that they are teaching, and can provide real world examples.
I participated in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the summers of 2015 and 2016. I worked with Dr. Michael Tu on Securing Delay Tolerant Networks. The REU program provided a nine week research experience that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in graduate school or similar programs.”
Where do our alums work?
- Community Healthcare System
- Arcelor Mittal
- Cerner Corporation
- Sonoma Consulting
- Lake County Government
- Task Force Tips
Industrial Advisory Committee
Leaders in business, industry, and labor make up the the Computer Information Technology Program Industrial Advisory Committee. Members work closely with faculty and administration to prepare the community’s future work force.
- Sam & John Maniotes Scholarship
- Gillette/National Urban League Scholarship
- CSEM Scholarship Program
- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship
Labs & Facilities
- IT Club
- Cyber-Security Club
- Cyber-Incident Response Club
- Integrative Programming
- Simulation and Game Development