- 1.7 GHz Intel Pentium or Core processor (other Intel or AMD Athlon processors of equivalent performance are acceptable)
- 200 GB Hard Drive
- 2 GB RAM
- Audio (via motherboard or SoundBlaster 16 equivalent)
- CD ROM or DVD-ROM Drive 16x
- 802.11g wireless network interface (NIC)
- Inkjet or laser printer for home use (a portable printer is not required)
- Webcam and microphone, either built in or as an accessory
Chromebooks, iPads, Android tablets, "netbooks" and other devices that cannot run the full version of Windows or Mac OS X are not at the present time considered to be acceptable substiutes for a laptop computer meeting the above specifications, though a tablet may be a useful adjunct to a full laptop computer.
- Operating system:
Windows: Windows 7 or later*
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.9 or later
- Productivity Software:
Windows: Microsoft Office 2010 or Microsoft Office 2013**
Macintosh: Microsoft Microsoft Office 2011**
- Current Internet browser (such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) - Google Chrome is required for the Proctorio exam proctoring system.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (may be downloaded at no charge from Adobe)
- Current antivirus and antispyware software
*Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate are acceptable; Windows 7 Starter Edition (standard on many netbooks), or Windows 7 Home Basic are not supported.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Windows 10 is very new and so we are still in the process of discovering what does and does not work. We have reports of problems with some software and services used at the unversity. As a result, at this time we do not recommend purchasing a new computer with Windows 10 nor upgrading and existing computer to the new version. We can provide support for Windows 10 on a "best effort" basis only. If you have problems with a Windows 10 system we will make every attempt to help, but we cannot guarantee that all university systems and software will work properly. If you choose to purchase a Windows 10-equipped computer, please make sure it comes with Windows 10 Professional. Windows 10 Home is not presently supported.
** Effective as of February, 2015, the university offers Microsoft's Office 365 Pro Plus subscriptions to all enrolled students. As part of that subscription, students may download Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook on up to five devices at no charge and may use those applications while they are enrolled in good standing at the university. Students who wish to purchase permanent licenses for Microsoft Office may do so when they graduate or otherwise leave the university. For instructions on installing the Office applications, click here. You will not be able to connect and download the applications until your UCD account has been activated and you have claimed it.
Note: Some SSPPS departments and programs and some SSPPS faculty may have additional requirements for software or document formats. We strongly recommend that you consult with your department or program to confirm before you purchase any new computer or software. Due to class and campus requirements, an Android or iOS tablet will at this time not be considered to be an acceptable substitute for a computer meeting the above requirements.
The SSPPS does not recommend any particular brand of computer or software. The following vendors offer discounts or other special purchase programs for faculty and students at the university, but we urge everyone to carefully examine all manufacturers and vendors and do comparison shopping of features and pricing before making a purchase decision.
Antivirus Software Manufacturers:
All computers that connect to the UCD campus networks are required to have current antivirus and antispyware software. Below are listed some of the major antivirus developers:
Electronic mail (e-mail) is considered an official method and format of communication with students. E-mail may be used alone or to provide electronic "copies" of academic materials and other information (e.g. memos, newsletters, student handbook). Official university communications will be sent only to the student’s UCD e-mail address. Students will be expected to check their UCD e-mail accounts regularly.
Beginning even prior to the first day of school, all students in educational programs in the SSPPS are required to make regular backups of documents and data related to their program and courses; cloud based* is highly preferred. When a computer is stolen, malfunctions or becomes damaged, data loss can be a huge set-back. Students are strongly advised against relying on a separate hard drive, thumb drive or local sources as backup. For assignments requiring submission via E*Value, students are encouraged to load information into E*Value as soon as possible, not allowing it to accumulate for uploading at a later date. Loss of data due to computer difficulties will not be considered a valid excuse for failure to meet requirements such as completing an assignment, meeting a deadline or performing on an exam.
These options can be used to backup data locally:
Your computer may come with other backup software. Consult your documentation or computer vendor.
These services store your data remotely in the service provider’s servers, keeping it safe in the event of an unforeseen event, such as, fire or theft. Many such services allow you to access your data from other computers anywhere in the world and automatically backup your computer at regular intervals (e.g., every 10 minutes). These include:
General cloud storage services (such as Dropbox) can also be used for backup; however, they lack the automated features a dedicated backup service (such as those listed above) may provide.
The SSPPS does not endorse any particular service or software. Evaluate the services and costs and select the one that best fits your needs. If you have any questions, please contact the SSPPS IT Office.
These hardware and software specifications are made with the understanding that computer technology evolves rapidly and that the life span of such systems cannot be predicted. Students may, during the course of the curriculum, be expected to upgrade their hardware and/or software at the discretion of the school or program. Students who currently possess a personal computer (own or lease, PC or Mac, desktop or portable) that does not meet the required specifications may petition the UCD School of Pharmacy Director of Information Technology for a waiver of the requirements. The decision of the Director will be final and must be adhered to by the student.
The UCD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will make every effort to ensure students' access to and awareness of the best available pricing for purchasing or leasing computers. The School of Pharmacy does not directly sell or lease computers.
Students will be asked to complete a Computer Ownership Information Statement upon entering the UCD School of Pharmacy to ensure that this policy is being followed and to allow the UCD School of Pharmacy to plan for the needs of the program and students. Students will be required to provide certain information about the student’s computer to aid in recovery in case of loss or in the event of network problems.