Laptop Specifications

Data Science students will need a laptop from their very first introductory classes through their senior capstone Practicum.  And, while many capabilities will be available “in the cloud” and through virtual desktops, there will also be a need for a laptop with stand-alone (local) significant processing power, substantial working memory and data storage, to complete class assignments and personal and team projects – including in-class active learning activities.  The following are the minimum specifications for your laptop:


  • Intel Core i5 8th generation or newer processor
  • minimum 8GB of memory
  • minimum 256GB of solid-state storage (SSD)
  • rated battery life of 10 hours
  • screen with a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080
  • accidental damage and handling coverage for 3 years
  • 802.11ac or better Wi-Fi
  • USB-C to USB-A adapter or a USB-A port
  • Operating System:  ability to run the latest versions of Windows Pro Edition, macOS, or Linux


All software, beyond the Operating System, that you will need will be available through the University and in environments through your courses and labs.


Note:  Tablet devices such as Chromebooks, iPads, and Surfaces are not sufficient to meet the above requirements for stand-alone (local) processing, working memory, and data storage.


If you have any specific questions about this requirement or specifications, please email them to