Lyon College bringing back computer science as major

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - One college will begin offering its students a new major after previously dropping the major several years ago.

Back in 2010, Lyon College in Batesville discarded the computer science field when interest began to decline.

Since then, computer science has still been around as a minor, but starting Fall 2018, Lyon will go back to offering the field as a major for a bachelor's degree.

One faculty member will be added to teach the classes.

Dr. David Sonnier, associate professor of computer science, said when taught correctly, the course fits the liberal arts school perfectly.

"We will be able to provide the basics, the basics you would find in any computer science program. And really that's enough to get a start," Sonnier said. "If you want to specialize you can always go on to pursue a masters or Ph.D. and no matter what you do, if you want to work in this field, you have to continue to self-study."

Administrators with the school hope bringing the major back will allow students an opportunity to choose from a field they previously didn't have.

Sonnier said he attributed Gov. Asa Hutchinson's decision to add coding classes in high school as a reason behind more students going into the computer science field.

Administrators will offer an introduction to coding class in Summer 2018 with the hope of appealing to local community members or teachers.

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