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CICS Laptop Requirements

CICS students are required to have a laptop computer that meets the following minimum specifications.

Recommended Laptop Specifications

  • Processor: Intel  (or AMD equivalent) i5 or better processor, 7th generation or newer (Virtualization must be supported)
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 or greater screen resolution
  • Storage: 500 GB or larger SSD
  • Memory: Minimum 8 GB of RAM (12GB -16GB RAM highly recommended) 
  • Webcam: Required
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Operating System, Latest Mac OS, Linux Ubuntu or Mint latest LTS version of Ubuntu
  • Wifi / Internet Access: Required

Hardware Notes

  • Tablets such as the Apple iPad (even with a keyboard) are not sufficient for the Computer Science curriculum.
  • 2-in-1 laptops such as the Surface Pro are acceptable if they meet the above recommended laptop specifications
  • Chromebooks are not sufficient for the Computer Science curriculum

Software Notes

Every Computer Science course is different. Here are a few examples of software packages that students will be asked to install in various CS courses:

  • Eclipse, IntelliJ, JGrasp, and other integrated development environments
  • VSCode
  • VirtualBox, Vagrant, Docker, and other virtualization and/or emulation environments.
  • Java, Python, and other language environments

We take care to ensure that any software package used in a Computer Science course is cross-platform and available on all operating systems.

Many Computer Science courses require students to use Unix/Linux. Fortunately, both Mac OS and Windows 10 both provide access to a Unix environment that is acceptable. CICS also provides student access to our EdLab environment which is a cluster of Linux machines.