All students enrolled in engineering and computer science programs are recommended to have a laptop computer that meets or exceeds the specifications provided below. Many courses require students to make use of their computers both on and off campus, and a laptop also enables students to work in an “anywhere, anytime” mode, allowing for greater mobility, flexibility, and collaboration. Minimum and recommended hardware specifications are highlighted below.
In partnership with CU Denver, Dell is offering discounts to College of Engineering, Design and Computing students who purchase recommended laptops.
Students benefit from:
Because of software requirements across many of the departments, students are encouraged to purchase a Windows laptop, or a laptop that can run the Windows operating system. A note on Macs: It is possible to use a Mac computer for engineering
and computer science software, but only with the use of tools that allow the installation of the Windows operating system, like BootCamp or Parallels.
However, the system requirements for such activities—especially in the amount of storage space needed—will increase dramatically. Engineering students who opt to use a Mac will need to consider this when enrolling
and take the necessary actions to prepare accordingly.
Minimum and recommended hardware specifications:
|Operating System||Windows 10 20H2||Windows 10 20H2|
|CPU||Intel Core i5 dual-core 1.6 GHz|
Intel Core i5 quad-core 1.4 GHz
|Intel Core i5/i7 2.2GHz or faster|
|Storage||256GB Solid State Drive (SSD) with 100GB free||512GB Solid State Drive (SSD) with 100GB free|
|Graphics Card||Integrated Graphics Card||Dedicated Graphics Card|
|Display||1280x720 Resolution||1920x1024 Resolution|
|Network Connectivity||Ethernet + WiFi||Ethernet + WiFi|
|Camera & Microphone||Camera & Microphone Included||Camera & Microphone Included|