These are the minimum laptop requirements for students taking classes at the Department of Computer Science.
|Operating System||Windows 10, 11 Pro, Enterprise||Apple OS X 11.x or higher|
|Software Applications||Free download Microsoft O365||Free download Microsoft O365|
|Processor||Core i5/i7/i9||Core i5/i7/i9/M1/M2|
|Memory||16 GB or higher||16 GB or higher|
|Hard Drive||250/500 GB or higher||250/500 GB or higher|
|Graphics Card||Integrated min 512MB video memory or higher||Integrated min 512 video memory or higher|
|Warranty||4-year parts replacement on site||3-year parts and labor AppleCare|
- USB Flash Memory Storage Device.
- External USB hard drive for data daily backup.
- Antivirus and Malwarebytes are provided by the University.
Q: Can I buy a better, more powerful laptop?
A: The laptop specs on this page are the bare minimum needed to get the job done. If you have the option of purchasing a better machine, go ahead and do so.
Q: Which is better or more practical for taking computer science classes, Windows or Mac?
A: More and more students are choosing Macs because most classes, especially game development classes, are taught on the OS X platform. It is possible to do it on a Windows laptop as well, but it will require more effort.
Q: Do I need a touch-screen computer?
A: No, it is not required.
Q: Is an Ethernet port required?
A: No, our local WiFi connection will suffice.
Q: Is it acceptable if I buy a Toshiba/Sony/Apple/Lenovo laptop?
A: We consider our students to be advanced computer users and suggest going with what you feel comfortable with to play, reconfigure, install whatever is needed, and enjoy your CS classes.
Q: Can I instead buy a tablet?
A: While tablets are lightweight and may be what you are used to in your daily life, they are not well suited for computing power-demanding applications that you will use for CS projects.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-871-3299 if you have any questions about the Computer Science Department’s student laptop requirements.