Department Specs

Click on one of the departments below for a complete list of requirements for specific majors:

Art

Daniels College of Business

Dept of Computer Science

Dept of Engineering

Lamont School of Music

Sturm College of Law

 

Below you will find the School Year 2014-15 MINIMUM and RECOMMENDED laptop specifications for laptop computing at the Engineering departments (ECE/MME). These specifications should be used as guidance when making decisions on bringing a laptop to DU ECE/MME.

MINIMUM specifications are for those who are choosing not to buy a new laptop and want to bring an existing one to DU.

RECOMMENDED specifications are for those who are choosing to purchase a new laptop and need guidance on which specifications to go with.

PLEASE NOTE:
1. Windows laptop is STRONGLY
 RECOMMENDED as most of our Engineering software are Windows-based.  Dell Latitude 14 5000 Series or Dell XPS 13 is recommended

2. Netbooks are NOT acceptable as they don’t have enough computing power to run Engineering software.

3. MACs are not recommended, but if students are really interested in purchasing a MAC (or already bought a MAC), it is required to also purchase the following software to install on the MAC:
a. Parallels Desktop for MAC (www.parallels.com) or VMWare Fusion (www.vmware.com), or Bootcamp (comes with Macintosh OS)
b. Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
If you need assistance from the UTS Computer Help Center (2150 E. Evans Ave. 303-871-4700) in installing Windows on a Macintosh computer, please allot at least 3 hours for your Help Center visit.

Below are the minimum requirements and recommendations:    

 

 

WINDOWS PC

APPLE MACINTOSH

Operating
System

MINIMUM

Windows 7

RECOMMENDED

Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows 8 or 8.1

Macintosh OS 10.6 or Above

Productivity Tools

Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365

You can buy a copy of Office 365 University Edition for $79.99 in DU Bookstore.

You can buy a copy of Office 365 University Edition for $79.99 in DU Bookstore.

Windows Emulation Software (check with academic advisor)

N/A

Parallels Desktop for Mac

or VMware Fusion

(www.vmware.com)

or Bootcamp

Processor Type

MINIMUM

Intel Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED

Intel Core i5 or i7 Processor

MINIMUM

Intel Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED

Intel Core i5 or i7 Processor

Memory

MINIMUM

4 GB RAM

RECOMMENDED

8 GB RAM or higher

 

MINIMUM

4 GB RAM

RECOMMENDED

8 GB RAM or higher

Hard Drive

MINIMUM

250 GB or higher

RECOMMENDED

500 GB or higher

MINIMUM

250 GB or higher

RECOMMENDED

500 GB or higher

Optical Storage Drive

MINIMUM

DVD-RW

MINIMUM

DVD-RW

Graphics Card

MINIMUM

256 MB Video memory

MINIMUM

Integrated card

Wireless card

RECOMMENDED

802.11n

RECOMMENDED

802.11n

Warranty

4 year parts and labor 
(on-site strongly recommended)

3 year parts and labor Applecare

 

Insurance

Comprehensive breakage, theft, liquid spills, hazard (strongly recommended)

Virus and Spyware Protection Software

Symantec Antivirus is provided by the University. For software and instructions please visit
www.du.edu/uts/helpdesk/newstudent.html


For questions concerning laptop requirements for Engineering departments, please contact:
Tim Sheu, Director of IT
tim.sheu@du.edu