The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering further requires that students have access to and on-going use of a laptop/mobile computer for engineering courses in order to be able to function in the current learning environment. Some courses offered by the college will require the use of mobile computers for coursework. Students are required to access electronic forms of information, submit assignments and communicate with other students and faculty electronically. In order to do so, the requirements documented below must be met.
The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering does not make any specific recommendations regarding your choice of Mac or PC computers. Depending on the software required for some courses, Mac users should be prepared to run Boot Camp software (provided in utilities on the Mac) so that they can run a Windows operating system. The Windows OS is available at low or no cost through the UF Bookstore and via the DreamSpark program offered to all engineering students. Students and faculty in all engineering majors use both types of computers with equal success.
We recommend purchasing a computer with as much memory and processing power as reasonably affordable. Student computers should be capable of running software such as MatLab, AutoCAD and SolidWorks.
Please visit the University of Florida student computing requirements
page for additional information.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
These minimum specifications are not necessarily available in new computer configurations currently on the market and are provided as a reference for a minimally configured computer. Some departments may have specific requirements that are more restrictive than these general recommendations.
|Processor||Intel Core i3 2.2Ghz|
|Hard Disk||250 GB|
|Video Card||1024×768 Resolution – High Color|
Any laptop screen larger than 12.1″ is acceptable. Students may want to purchase a larger monitor for a docking station.
|CD ROM||Any speed CDROM, CD-RW, or DVD|
|Sound Card||Any type with audio input|
|Mouse / Keyboard||Any|
|Network Hardware||10/100 Ethernet and Wireless (Wi-Fi 802.11b)
Network connectivity is required in many classes. Additionally much of campus is covered by a campus wireless network
|Operating System||Windows 7
Operating systems other than Microsoft Windows are allowed. However, in most cases, a Windows based operating system will be the best choice since it will be the easiest path towards software compatibility in departmental courses.
Any responsible computer owner should perform regular backups of critical datafiles. Thus some method of backup is required.
A printer is required but there is no current requirement on type (laser / inkjet), model or brand.
Current notebooks run between 1.5 and 5 hours on the included battery. It is suggested that an optional battery (or extended battery) be purchased.
Minimum Software Requirements
|Office Suite||Documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings and database information must be in a format readable using Microsoft Office or Corel Office Suite (newest version). Documents may be transmitted in native, HTML, PDF or ASCII formats at the discretion of the faculty. This means both information provided by the faculty for students to use and information provided by students for the faculty will conform to these formats. The document transfer format will be in either one of these two office native formats, HTML, PDF or ASCII. Any software that can read and write to these formats is acceptable. However, the student is responsible for making sure documents function correctly in one of these two formats.|
|Mail Client||Any POP3 or IMAP compatible mail client will be sufficient (Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Pegasus, Netscape, Thunderbird, etc). Students are required to have and regular check a Gatorlink email address. All official communication with a student is sent to this email address.|
|Web Browser||The most recent versions of Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox are required. There are many online applications for registering for classes and downloading University-wide site-licensed software that require these browsers. Other browsers, such as Opera, Chrome or Lynx, may work but are not officially supported.|
UF and Engineering Special Purchasing Programs for Students
|Dell Notebook Discount|
|IBM Laptop Solutions for Education|