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Hardware and Software Requirements and Recommendations

Computer Requirements Effective for Fall 2014
Modified 5/13/2014

All on-campus students at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) are required to own a computer that meets or exceeds the specifications given below. For the best user experience, however, we strongly recommend that any computer system meet or exceed the specifications given in the "Optional but Recommended" section.

Students in the Distance Degrees programs should consult the DDP office for computer requirements.

Hardware requirements are enforced only for students' computers, but we recommend that all faculty and staff observe these minimums as well.

General Requirements

  1. Equipment must be owned or leased for the exclusive use of the student.
  2. Computer must be a laptop or tablet computer running an approved operating system.
  3. Equipment acquisition, maintenance and security are the responsibility of the student.
  4. All computers on campus must have an approved antivirus and antispyware utility installed and regularly updated.
  5. Class-related data must be backed up regularly. See the Data Backup Policy below.
Hardware and Software Minimum Requirements
    Laptop Specifications
  • 1.7 GHz Intel Pentium or Core processor (other Intel or AMD Athlon processors of equivalent performance are acceptable)
  • 60 GB Hard Drive
  • 1 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)
  • Operating system:
    Windows: Windows Windows Vista or later
    Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Productivity Software:
    Windows: Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2010 or Microsoft Office 2013**
    Macintosh: Microsoft Microsoft Office 2011**
  • Current Internet browser (such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (may be obtained at no charge from Adobe)
  • Current antivirus and antispyware software

*Windows Vista Home Basic is not allowed on any student-owned computer that will be used on campus. Student-owned computers may run Windows Vista Home Premium or Vista Business but the campus may not provide technical support for those versions. Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate are acceptable; Windows 7 Starter edition (standard on many netbooks) is not supported.

** Microsoft is discontinuing all further updates, including security updates, for Office 2003 (Windows) and Office 2008 (Mac OS X) so those versions will not be allowed on the campus network as of the 2013-2014 academic year.

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.

Hardware/Software Optional but Recommended
Where to purchase
E-mail Required Usage
Data Backup Policy
Important Notes