Students studying with a computer

Minimum Requirements for Laptop Computer Technology

PC    Required Hardware

  •  Intel Core i5 or i7
  • Dedicated 512 MB or higher Video Card (1GB preferred)
  • 4 GB of RAM (8GB preferred)
  • 250 GB Hard Drive (minimum)
  • DVD/CD-RW Drive
  • 15" screen or larger (17” or larger would be desirable)
  • 1280 x 800 or higher display resolution
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • External mouse with at least 3 buttons


** If purchasing an Apple computer, you must still meet all of the above requirements, including purchasing a copy of Windows OS. You must have the appropriate software to be able to boot into Windows and utilize the required software.

Required Software

  • MicroStation V8 (AutoCAD textbook comes with a 1-year license)
  • Windows 7 or more current version
  • Most Current version of Adobe Design Standard
  • Sketchup Pro v. 8 or more current version

Click here for a pdf of the current requirements.