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Before ordering your new computer, review the technology recommendations below



PC (Desktop or Laptop)

MAC (Desktop or Laptop)

Minimum Specifications

  • Windows 10
  • Intel (i5) or AMD (Ryzen 5) processor
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 250 GB of disk drive storage
  • Graphics card
  • Built-in microphone, webcam, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 250 GB of disk drive storage
  • Graphics card
  • Built-in microphone, webcam, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi

Recommended Specifications

  • Windows 10
  • Intel (i7 or higher) or AMD (Ryzen 7 or higher) processor
  • 16 GB (or more) of RAM
  • 500 GB (or more) of disk drive storage
  • Dedicated Graphics card (Nvidia or AMD)
  • Built-in microphone, webcam, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • 16 GB (or more) of RAM
  • 500 GB (or more) of disk drive storage
  • Dedicated Graphics card
  • Built-in microphone, webcam, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi


Some departments are requesting specific software, hardware, or operating systems. Please check the list below for details in each department. If there are any questions on the recommendations, please contact the department of your major.

Department Name

Software

Desktop Recommendation

Laptop Recommendation

Tablet Recommendation

Applied Professional Studies

N/A

PC

PC


Biology

N/A




Business Administration

Microsoft Office

PC

PC


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Microsoft Office

PC

PC


Communication

Microsoft Office




Communication Disorders and Science

Microsoft Office

PC

PC


Computer & Information Sciences

Microsoft Office


PC


Curriculum and Instruction

Microsoft Office

Mac

Mac


Economics

Microsoft Office




English

Microsoft Office, Google Apps




Geosciences

Microsoft Office, 7-Zip, DNR Garmin

PC

PC


History

Microsoft Office




Language, Learning & Leadership

Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader




Mathematical Science

Microsoft Office




Music*

Microsoft Office




Philosophy

Microsoft Office




Physics

Microsoft Office, Mathematica or Maple

PC



Politics & International Affairs

N/A




Psychology

Microsoft Office




Sociocultural and Justice Sciences

Microsoft Office




Theatre & Dance

Word Processor

N/A

Chromebox, Mac, PC

Chromebook, Mac, PC

Android, iPad

Visual Arts & New Media

N/A




World Languages and Cultures

Microsoft Office




*Please refer to the School of Music Technology Recommendations for Students for any additional technology guidelines

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Order your new computer that fulfills the suggested requirements from your major: 

**PLEASE NOTE: Chromebooks come pre-installed with Google Apps. Users CANNOT install software on Chromebooks, only apps through the Google Play Store.**

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