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           



 Operating System  

 Windows 11 64-Bit 

 Windows 11 64-Bit



 Intel Core i7

 Intel Core i9



 16GB RAM or more


 Hard Drive

 500GB or larger SSD

  500-1000GB SSD


 Network Card

 Wifi 802.11ac or better      

 Wifi 802.11ac or better


 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
- Headset with microphone
- IR Camera for facial login


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 


 Factory Warranty

Extended Warranty (in-home service)



 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)


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." Bear in mind that the "host" computer is now running two operating systems simultaneously, which will reduce the processing capability of botht he host and the guest OS.

Two recommended options for **non M1 Macs** are:

  • Virtual Box product from Oracle Corporation
  • Parallels (the current version supports M1 ARM processors for Mac)

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.

Minimum Software Requirements


 Where to get it

 MS Office

  Free to students (instructions for access



Download from Information Security Office


 Student licensing and download


 UT Print

 Download from UT's IT Services 

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


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.