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Civil and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Program

Laptop Requirement

All incoming Civil and Environmental Engineering undergraduate students are required to purchase laptop computers.

These are the minimum requirements for laptops as of May 2014.


Processor Architecture

  • Intel® CoreTM2 Duo or equivalent AMD processor

Processor Speed

  • 2.0 GHz (multiple cores preferred) or greater


  • 4.0 GB RAM or greater

Hard Drive

  • 200 GB or greater


  • Dedicated video card with hardware support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9 (or later)

Network Card


  • Two-button mouse with scroll wheel


Operating System

  • Must be able to run Vista, or Windows 7.
    (Some software may not work with Windows 8. Mac OS X will work as long as Windows can be installed via Boot Camp or virtualization software.)

Internet Browser

  • Internet Explorer 8 or Mozilla Firefox 3 or later

Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013, or 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

  • WSU provides a method for students to purchase Microsoft Office University 2010 for $99.95 plus TAX. Go to the WSU Techstore (log in with your WSU NID) and order through e-academy.

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