College of Engineering, Computer Science & Construction Management

ECC Programs: Laptop Required

College of ECC: Laptop Requirement

Students who declare a major or minor in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC) are required to purchase a laptop for use in coursework.

PC Laptop Requirements
ComponentRecommendedMinimum
CPU (no Celeron)Intel Core i7-7600 or AMD Ryzen 7Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5
RAM16Gb or higher8Gb
Hard Disk500Gb or better SSD256Gb or better SSD
Display15.6 inch 1080p or better14 inch 1080p
Video RAMNVIDIA GeForce RTXIntel HD Graphics or AMD Radeon Graphics
Operating SystemWindows 10 (or 11, check specifics by department below)
Major Department Laptop Requirements
Major ProgramLaptop Requirements

Engineering (Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, and Mechatronic) and Advanced Manufacturing & Applied Robotics

*PC laptop with two USB ports

*At least one USB port with a powered USB hub

Operating System - Windows 10
Computer Animation & Game Development

Video RAM: NVDIA GeForce GTX 1050 

Operating System - Windows 10

Computer Information Systems & Computer ScienceContact CSCI Department
Concrete Industry Management & Construction Management

PC not MAC (Dell, HP or equal)

14” screen or greater

10 key on key board

HDMI port

3 USB Ports
Mac Laptop Requirements
RecommendedMinimum
15" MacBook Pro 2.7Ghz Intel Core i713" MacBook Pro 2.9 Ghz Intel Core i5

Important Notes about Mac Laptops:

  • Majors in Engineering (Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, and Mechatronic), Concrete Industry Management, and Construction Management require use of a PC Laptop.
  • Most College of ECC software is not compatible with OS X. Due to that, additional software may need to be purchased and installed in order to run MS Windows software within OS X, or your laptop can be dual booted. This requires a significant amount of memory so you should consider this when purchasing a laptop.
  • Apple products are available at a discount through the Chico State Wildcat Store(opens in new window).

Free Campus Resources & Technology Support

Financial Aid

If you are required to purchase a laptop and you are unable to afford the purchase out-of-pocket or with your current financial aid award, please contact your College of ECC department or program office. Your department will supply the Financial Aid Office(opens in new window) with a list of all majors needing a computer loan. If possible, the Financial Aid Office will increase your Cost of Attendance to include the additional computer expenses and process a new loan for you. You MUST use these loan proceeds to purchase the required computer system. Contact Financial Aid for additional information.

Quick reference: Financial Aid Laptop Loan Information (PDF)

How to Verify Compatibility (PC or MAC)

To verify compatibility with an MS Windows laptop you currently own, open System by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System. Under System, you can view the processor type and speed, as well as a variety of other information about your laptop.

To verify compatibility with an Apple Mac laptop you currently own, open About This Mac by right-clicking the Apple button, and then clicking About This Mac. You can view additional information about your laptop by clicking the More Info... button.