Computer Recommendations

Computers are an essential tool for an Engineering and Computer Science education, just as they are in the workplace. They are used extensively for studying course materials, programming, modeling and design, as well as for writing papers and assignments. Course resources are often distributed through websites and assignments are often submitted electronically.

Recommended Laptop Specifications for 2020/21

Engineering and Science applications need plenty of memory, graphics horsepower, and an appropriately large screen size that is still light enough to comfortably carry around campus daily.

  • 8GB of RAM (16GB of RAM recommended)
  • Intel Core i3+ (or equivalent AMD processor)
  • 256 GB SSD or more of hard disk space
  • A 13” or bigger screen is recommended

Note: While a Chrome Book, Ipad, or Microsoft Surface may function for note taking or web reference, these devices will not be able to run the software some courses require. Most specialized course software is available in the computing labs. Information on the computing labs including room schedules, computer availability, hardware specifications, and installed software is available online here.

Recommended Operating System