Laptop Requirements

Beginning Fall 2012, students entering the undergraduate chemical engineering program are required to have a laptop at their disposal. Laptops do not need to be brought to campus on a daily basis, but individual courses may require that a laptop be brought to class or lab sessions.

The list of minimum system requirements are provided here for students buying new laptops:

A Windows based PC is highly encouraged, but a Mac may be modified to provide some functionality.

  • Note: some engineering applications only run in a Windows environment.If a Mac is purchased, it will need to be configured for booting into Windows such as Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox. Chemical Engineering IT Staff cannot provide support, so you will be responsible for ensuring your Mac is configured properly.  However some applications will run on a Mac and you may also use a Mac to connect to the Virtual LRC and run other software, e.g., Aspen.

Operating System

  • Windows – Windows 7 or higher


  • Intel – Core i5 or higher
  • AMD – A8 or higher


  • Windows – 8.0 GB

Hard Disk

  • Minimum – 250 GB of storage
  • Recommended – 500 GB of storage or higher

Network Card

  • Integrated wireless capable of 802.11n


  • Integrated webcam is suggested


  • Microsoft Office 2010 Office Pro 2010 can be purchased for $33.00 with a student ID for personally owned laptops from the Campus Computer Store located in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC 109)
  • Virus protection software Required by the University. Make sure your program and definition files are up-to-date and set to update and scan your hard drive automatically.  Microsoft Forefront is recommended and available for free from BevoWare 
  • Microsoft Updates Your laptop must be updated to the most current patch level before connecting to the campus network.  Configure this through your control panel.