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The Computer Information Technology Bachelor of Science Program is based on curriculum standards of the Association for Computing Machinery/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Computer Society (ACM/IEEE-CS) Information Technology Curriculum Guidelines, and meets the requirements of Purdue University Northwest’s instructional guidelines.
The curriculum core is made up of general education courses and specific Information Technology requirements of the Guidelines. The core courses span knowledge areas that include computational thinking/problem solving, application development, database design and implementation, project management, human computer interaction, information assurance and security, networking technologies, platform technologies, and operating systems.
Many of our graduates pursue careers as software developers, web developers, mobile app developers, database analysts and developers, computer/cyber security specialists, network and system administrators, information technology architects, and project managers once they have finished their degrees.
The Computer Information Technology Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org. This ensures that the program is independently reviewed.
The program is hosted in a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education designed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency with a special focus on Network Security Administration. The designation symbolizes that the program curriculum meets the national standard of cyber defense education.
The following are the Program Educational Objectives (PEO’s) for the Baccalaureate Degree in Computer Information Technology (CIT):
Program Educational Objective 1:
- The program will produce graduates that are information technologists with applied research, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Program Educational Objective 2:
- The program will produce graduates that are professionals, leading industry direction with excellence in providing solutions to business needs.
Program Educational Objective 3:
- The program will produce graduates that are future information technology leaders.
Program Educational Objective 4:
- The program will produce graduates that are life-long learners who have a commitment to service within the community.
Program Educational Objective 5:
- The program will produce graduates that are citizens of the world, sensitive to state, national and global initiatives through technological solutions.
Graduates of the Computer Information Technology program have an:
- Ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline.
- Ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
- Ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
- Ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
- Understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- Ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
- Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, continuing professional development.
- Ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices.
- Ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies.
- Ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies of human computer interaction, information management, programming, networking, web systems and technologies.
- Ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.
- Understanding of best practices and standards and their application.
- Ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan.
Approved by Faculty 8/19/2016 – Approved by Industrial Advisory Board on 4/20/2017
- 247 Baccalaureate Degree Students – Spring
- 234 Baccalaureate Degree Students – Fall
- 30 Baccalaureate Degree Graduates
- 238 Baccalaureate Degree Students – Fall
- 7 Baccalaureate Degree Graduates