Computer Requirements for 2017-2018

Overview

The purpose of this page is to give a brief overview of the laptop requirements for all undergraduate (and transfer) students entering the School of Engineering and Computational Science.  

Each student is required to have a laptop, and the laptop configurations given below represent minimum hardware and software requirements that enable students to run the core software required by Engineering. Students can choose between a Windows-based or Apple laptop.

Typically, Engineering students run into software issues when they use an Apple computer. 

In some classes, the Engineering software requires Windows. Since Apple computers use the same Intel chips, they can be configured either to boot up in Windows (using free software, such as Bootcamp that is provided by Apple) or utilizing VMware Fusion to run Windows in parallel with Mac OS. However, Some engineering software used in our department may not perform well under those conditions; a full partition and dual boot environment on the Apple machine is recommended if you choose to use an Apple computer for all of the Engineering software in our program. If you choose to dual boot apple and windows on an Apple, be sure to specify a HDD twice as large (min 500gb). 


Windows 10 and VMWare Fusion are available to the following majors free of charge via the Dreamspark and VMWare Academic Alliance.

  • Engineering
  • Masters of Science Cyber Security
  • Information Systems
  • All Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Other Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Programs

Labs are provided to for courses needing higher computing capabilities or access to Liberty licensed software. 

Computer Type

  • PC-Intel

Operating System

  • PC: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit / Windows 7 Professional

Processor

  • Minimum i5 (or equivalent) - i7 (or equivalent) preferred

Memory (RAM)

  • Minimum 16GB - 32GB Recommended

Hard Drive

  • 250 GB Hybrid or Solid State (SSD)

Optical Drive

  • DVD+/-RW (or External) 

Network

  • Wireless 802.11ac

Additional

  • Built in webcam, USB hard drive (not required, but recommended)
  • video card recommended for it's GPU to accelerate computations

Warranty

  • 3 year warranty with accidental damage - 4 year recommended

Computer Type

  • Mac-Intel

Operating System

  • Mac OS X

Processor

  • Minimum i5 (or equivalent) - i7 (or equivalent) preferred

Memory (RAM)

  • Minimum 8 GB - 16GB Recommended

Hard Drive

  • 250 GB Flash Storage or better

Optical Drive

  • DVD+/-RW (or External)

Network

  • Wireless 802.11 a/g/n and Gigabit ethernet - 802.11ac Recommended if available

Additional

  • Built in webcam, USB hard drive (recommended)

Warranty

  • 3 year warranty with accidental damage - 4 year recommended

 


Free Student Software

         Microsoft Imagine       

Exclusive Computer Savings

Visit the IT Marketplace to view manufacturers we've partnered with for additional savings. You can order a device online, or visit us on campus at DeMoss Hall 2414 to see what we have in stock. Our staff can also assist in finding a machine that meets your needs.

 

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