Virginia Tech®home

Microbiology

College of Science

2021-2022 Baseline Minimum System Requirements

For All Incoming Undergraduate Students

Platform

PC

Laptop required, Tablet not acceptable
Note: Chromebook not recommended

Tablets are insufficient as the sole computing device for undergraduate students. Tablets should only be purchased as secondary devices to enhance learning capabilities.

MAC

Laptop required, Tablet not acceptable

Tablets are insufficient as the sole computing device for undergraduate students. Tablets should only be purchased as secondary devices to enhance learning capabilities.

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.15 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Intel Core i-series

Intel Core i-series, no M1 chips allowed

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Drive

Minimum 500 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)

Minimum 500 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)

Webcam

Built-in or external with built in microphone (headset/earbuds recommended)

Built-in or external with built in microphone (headset/earbuds recommended)

Wireless

802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11ax recommended)

802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11ax recommended)

Warranty

3 Year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4 Year is highly recommended)

3 Year on-site service support, Apple Care (4 Year is highly recommended - available through certain vendors)

Software

Software Suite: Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center. More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Included Products: Microsoft Windows Operating System with Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Platform: MAC OS and Windows
Eligibility: Valid while enrolled in undergraduate classes at Virginia Tech
Note: Office 365 Pro Plus can be downloaded and installed on up to five machines and Office mobile apps can be installed on up to five mobile devices.

Software Suite: Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center. More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Included Products: Microsoft Windows Operating System with Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Platform: MAC OS and Windows
Eligibility: Valid while enrolled in undergraduate classes at Virginia Tech
Note: Office 365 Pro Plus can be downloaded and installed on up to five machines and Office mobile apps can be installed on up to five mobile devices.

Backup

Any backup method of choice including cloud-based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud-based services like Google Drive.

Contact
Biology IT Help Desk
540-231-8944
biohelp@vt.edu