Undergraduate Laptop Requirement

All undergraduate students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering are required to have a laptop. Some courses may require that you bring your laptop to every class or lab.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his or her laptop meets the following requirements. Many options are available to meet these requirements, and we strongly recommend you read all information on this page to ensure your laptop is compliant. Download a printable PDF of the requirements.

Hardware Requirements

  Hardware & OS           

 Minimum

 Preferred

 Operating System  

 Windows 10 64-Bit 

 Windows 10 64-Bit

 

 Processor

 Intel Core i5 (2.0Ghz or faster) 

 Intel Core i7

 Memory

 8GB RAM

 16GB RAM or more

 

 Hard Drive

 300GB (100GB free for courseware)

  500-1000GB SSD

 

 Network Card

 Wifi 802.11ac or better      

 Wifi 802.11ac or better

 Video

 Integrated Video

 Discrete Graphics Card (examples): 
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M
- NVIDIA Quadro K500M
- AMD Radeon HD 7970M 

 Video Conferencing

Front-facing SD camera with mic
and speakers

-Front-facing HD camera (with privacy
 shutter)
- Headset with microphone
- IR Camera for facial login

 Ports

Minimum 1 USB port; either a

USB-A port or USB-C port with a

USB-A to USB-C converter 

Minimum 1 USB port; either a

USB-A port or USB-C port with a

USB-A to USB-C converter 

Warranty

 Factory Warranty

Extended Warranty (in-home service)

 Backup

 None

 USB External drive, Cloud backup,
 Google Docs, UT Box

Home Bandwidth *Sufficient for classes & testing (at least
2 Mpbs up and down)
*Sufficient for classes and testing
(at least 2 Mpbs up and down)

 *In 2020 and 2021, please anticipate UT classes offered via Zoom along with online testing (i.e., using Proctorio/other tools).  

Operating System Requirements

Students are required to install specific software packages on their laptops for certain classes. Where possible, the university and BME try to provide students with the opportunity to obtain Mac OS/X versions of required software packages. However, some of the software packages used in our program are only available on the Microsoft Windows Platform. Due to this need, all students are required to have Windows.

Mac OS/X and Linux

Students with Mac OS/X and/or Linux operating systems will need to obtain and install an additional copy of Windows for their system. BME recommends that students use virtualization environments that permit both operating systems to run simultaneously.

Virtualization Tools

Virtualization software operates two distinct computer environments on the same laptop. The original Mac OS/X still continues to be the primary operating system, while Windows can be installed and run as a guest operating system inside a "virtual machine."

Two recommended options are:


Students must have a Windows license in order to run Windows in a virtualization environment. Installation ISO's and 64-bit Windows licenses are available through ENGR Direct for free.

Dual-Boot Options

As an alternative to virtualization tools, dual-boot solutions will also work, such as Apple's Boot Camp software. For those who prefer boot camp over virtualization, compatibility information for specific models is available. 

Minimum Software Requirements

  Software        

 Where to get it

 MS Office

  Free to students (instructions for access

 


 Antivirus

Download from Information Security Office

 MATLAB

 Student licensing and download

 

 UT Print
 Drivers

 Download from UT's IT Services 

Software packages used in classes, such as LabVIEW and Multisim, are provided to engineering students at no cost by the Cockrell School of Engineering. 

Encryption

It is highly recommended that your laptop be encrypted using your operating system’s native encryption utility (e.g. BitLocker, FileVault 2, etc.) The encryption method chosen may depend on the hardware and operating system supported by the encryption utility. Laptops are highly vulnerable assets that contain a huge amount of personal information that is easily accessible by thieves unless encryption is enabled.

Financial Aid

Students receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to have their aid adjusted to include the cost of a laptop.