Computer Science is a rapidly changing and exciting field. The major focuses on the foundations of the computer sciences, including areas such as software and hardware design, mathematical foundations of computer science, and complexity of computation. The program is designed to give students an enduring foundation for future professional growth. It blends theory and practice into a learning experience that gives students the capability to apply computer and information systems technology to a wide range of disciplines.
Being a good computer scientist is more than just having technical competence. Employers want professionals with excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with people. Computer science minors understand the world not just from taking computer science courses. They understand it because the minor is nestled within Lyon’s core curriculum required of all students, no matter their major.
Professor David Sonnier
Computer science students can intern with Lyon’s Information Services department in addition to taking part in honors societies, like Alpha Chi and Mortar Board, and other student organizations.
“The computer science program at Lyon really helped me build a strong knowledge base around general computer science concepts, both concrete and abstract. When I entered the workforce, I was able to fall back on the knowledge and skills that I acquired and to learn much more quickly than I had anticipated. The one-on-one mentorship that Professor Sonnier provided me was also invaluable in that it helped me make an informed decision about what path I wanted my career to take.”
-John Pope, ’14
Computer science majors have gone on to work at USAble Life, AT&T, and TIAA.
For more information on the required courses for a Computer Science major and minor, view our courses page.
Computer Science’s impact on our daily lives can be seen in the many uses information technology has in business, industry, entertainment, science, and government. This gives computer science majors a variety of career options.
The starting median salary in the U.S. for a college graduate with a Computer Science degree is $55,900.
Software Engineer- $81,000
Web Developer- $59,000
Sr. Developer/Programmer- $102,000
Sr. Software Engineer- $113,000
For more information on admissions to Lyon College, visit our Admissions page.
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