Other Majors ~ Computer Requirements

Other Majors ~ Computer Requirements

Most majors, except those explicitly listed, are not required to own a computer although having one is often helpful. We recommend that you make a purchase if you deem it beneficial. Most students will be comfortable with and benefit from a Windows laptop or desktop, but if you are more familiar with Apple computers, you should have no problem using an Apple computer with our campus technology. There may be certain technology-related classes however, due to instructor requirements, that you may not be able to use an Apple computer.

The computers in the library can always be used for assignments

If you would like to purchase your own Windows or Apple computer, we suggest following these minimum requirements as a guideline.

Please note: All students are required to take a practical computer applications class (ISTC1005). Microsoft© Office 365 includes all of the software packages taught in that class.

MINIMUM Recommended Windows Desktop Specifications

  • Windows 10
  • 1.6 GHz Pentium or Equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 320 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD Drive
  • 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • 17 inch LCD monitor

MINIMUM Recommended Windows Notebook Specifications

  • Windows 10
  • 1.6 GHz Pentium or Equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD Drive
  • 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • Wireless Ethernet - 802.11b/g/n compliant

Additional Software for Windows systems

  • Microsoft Office 365  (Available to students at no charge. An email is sent to eligible students at their La Roche College email address with information for downloading the software.)
  • Antivirus software as approved by La Roche (must be kept up-to-date) 

MINIMUM Recommended Macintosh Desktop Specifications

  • IMac with 21.5 inch built in display
  • Mac OS X v10.6 Leopard or above
  • 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 320 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD Drive
  • 10/100 Ethernet connection 

MINIMUM Recommended Macintosh Notebook Specifications

  • MacBook with 13 inch screen
  • Mac OS X v10.6 Leopard or above
  • 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD Drive
  • 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • Wireless Ethernet - 802.11b/g compliant

Additional Software for Macintosh systems

  • Microsoft Office 365 (Available to students at no charge. An email is sent to eligible students at their La Roche College email address with information for downloading the software.)
  • Antivirus software as approved by La Roche (must be kept up-to-date)