Technical Requirements for New Students
(Updated July 2012)
A reliable connection to the Internet
A high-speed Internet connection is strongly recommended. Most electronic readings (PDF's) and PowerPoint presentation files are too large and cumbersome to download using a dial-up modem.
A laptop for personal use
Laptops are a requirement and are expected to be brought to class. Wireless and wired connectivity is provided in class and throughout the MG&E Innovation Center building.
- Memory: 2gig RAM recommended, 1gig RAM minimum.
- Hard drive: 60 gigabyte hard drive minimum. Significantly larger hard drive options are recommended and are an affordable upgrade.
- CD/DVD drive: You might consider a CD-RW/DVD-R drive. They are an affordable option that will let you read CD-ROM and DVD disks, as well as burn your own CD's and DVD's.
- Wireless card: Most new laptops have built-in wireless capabilities. If not, you should purchase a wireless card for your laptop that goes in the side (PCMCIA) slot.
Purchasing a New Laptop?
Consider these recommended specifications for a new laptop.
Nearly all laptops and netbooks have built-in wireless, but if your laptop does not, you'll need a wireless adapter.
Here is a possible wireless adapter solution for sale a the DoIT TechStore:
Students will need a handful of required software:
- Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are absolutely required. Microsoft Excel is not required, but may be useful. Microsoft Office 2010 (the latest release for Windows) is available at significant discounts for registered students.
- Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac users is also available with a terrific student discount.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (free plug-in) to read PDF documents.
Registered students can purchase licensed software at a SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT. View the Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog discounts, as described by the DoIT TechStore.
If you have any questions about the technology used with the M.S. in Biotechnology program, please contact Bryan Husk, the IT Manager for the M.S. program.
Laptop are required for all students. Contact Bryan Husk, the program's IT Manager, if you have any questions.
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