Laptop Requirements

Laptops in Engineering Courses

Engineers often use computer software to aid them in their profession. In preparation for future work, several engineering courses require students to use a specified software package during class in order to meet course outcomes.

Students are expected to have their own laptop for use during class in the following courses:
ME 142 - Engineering Computation I
ME 172 - Engineering Graphics
ME 201 - Engineering Mechanics: Statics
ME 305 - Mechatronics and Measurement Systems I
ME 310 - Mechatronics and Measurement Systems II
ME 342 - Engineering Computation II
ME 410 - System Dynamics
ME 425 - Computational Fluid Dynamics
ME 460 - Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis
ME 470 - Advanced Mechatronics

Please note that exceptions to the laptop policy above must be approved in advance by the faculty member teaching the specific class. In some limited cases with faculty approval, it may be possible to use a campus computer lab or home desktop computer in place of a laptop.

Laptop Requirements

Students are expected to have a laptop running a 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating system with at least 8 GB of RAM. Students who prefer to use a Mac will be required to also install a Microsoft Windows operating system on their laptop. The University Help Desk can help students understand the hardware requirements and various options and costs associated with installing a Windows operating system on a Mac. Please note that most of the software problems encountered in class come from students who are using a Mac with a Windows operating system.

Microsoft Windows and Office

Students can download a free copy of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office through the University Store.