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Technology Recommendations by Major

The following table outlines the Bobcat Depot laptop models that match the recommendations or requirements of undergraduate academic programs. This chart is outlined by college and then specific majors (when necessary). 

Microsoft Office is required by most majors.  OU now provides Office 365 Pro Plus at no charge to our students.  Visit www.ohio.edu/software and follow "Office 365 Pro Plus" link for details on how to install.
 
Please email bobcatdepot@ohio.edu for additional questions.

Updated:  11/28/2016
All colleges/majors have been updated for upcoming academic year.




MODEL RECOMMENDATIONS
COMMENTS
Arts & Sciences




RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Dell® Laptop: E5470, E5570 or E7470

ACCEPTABLE MODELS:
Apple® MacBook Pro: System B thru System F

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Windows machines are preferred since some
software (statistical and modeling software) only runs on Windows. Macs are acceptable. Majority of A&S students are running some version of Linux (Ubuntu, RedHat, OpenSUSE, CentOS) beside their Windows or Mac OS install on their laptops. A&S students typically use dual boot and Virtual Box (free VMWare from Oracle).

Chemistry Majors:
Windows machines are preferred.

Physics & Astronomy Majors:
Windows machines are preferred w/ 8GB RAM,
but MacBook Pro System B thru F are acceptable.

Psychology Majors:
Dell Laptops: E5470, E5570, E7470
Apple MacBook Pro: System B thru F

Business

(All Majors)


RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Dell® Laptop: E5470, E5570 or E7470
Apple® MacBook Pro: System B thru System F


IMPORTANT NOTE:
College of Business requires all students to have a laptop or tablet with keyboard, capable of running Microsoft Ofce 365 and the latest versions of the Chrome and Firefox web browsers.

  Education (All Majors)   IMPORTANT NOTE:
The College of Education does not have a
specific laptop requirement. Their classrooms
are mainly PCs (Windows) with a few Macs®.
Students taking technology classes in the COE
would probably be better equipped with a PC
due to the range of software they use, but it
is not a requirement. COE is seeing some
students with Macs, but the majority have
PCs. Microsoft Office® is also needed.
 Engineering and Technology
(All Majors)

RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Dell® Laptop: E5470, E5570 or E7470
Apple® MacBook Pro: System C thru System F

ACCEPTABLE MODELS:
Apple MacBook Pro: System B

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Minimum 8GB RAM; 250GB hard drive
Windows 7 or 10 and/or MacOS®
Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus

Windows machines are recommended for
most Russ College majors.

Electrical Engineer and Computer
Science Majors:

Apple MacBook Pro Systems B thru F are
recommended

Fine Arts:
School of Art + Design

RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Apple® MacBook Pro: System B thru System F

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Graphic Design Majors: 

RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE:
Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Adobe Creative Cloud*
School of Art + Design Font Library DVD*

*Needed by fall semester of sophomore year. Available at the Bobcat Depot.
 
Recommended Models:
Apple MacBook Pro: System E or System F

Interior Architecture Majors:
Freshman School of Art + Design majors who
are interested in pursuing Interior Architecture
through the portfolio review process, that
takes place at the end of the freshman year,
should review the computer requirements for
this program:
www.ohio.edu/nearts/art/academics/
programs/interior-architecture.cfm

Health Sciences & Professions
RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Dell® Laptop: E5470, E5570 or E7470
Apple® 13” MacBook Air
Apple 12” MacBook
Apple MacBook Pro: System B thru System F

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Any Mac or Dell laptop from the Bobcat Depot
(8GB RAM minimum) or tablet with keyboard,
capable of running Microsoft Ofce 365 and the latest versions of the Chrome and Firefox web browsers.


Nursing: BSN & MSN Majors:
The School of Nursing does not have a specific
laptop requirement. Software applications
utilized in Nursing will work on either PCs or
MAC. It is important to have Microsoft Office 
365 Pro Plus. Works or WordPerfect are NOT
acceptable word processing programs. Office
365 Pro Plus is now available at no charge to
Ohio University students.

Osteopathic
Medicine

RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Dell Laptop: E5470, E5570, E7470

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
requires students to purchase laptop computers as a part of their general requirements including books, materials, and other academic supplies. Students may have a classroom activity, lab assignment, or exam where their laptop is required on campus. The computer requirements for students entering the academic year 2016-2017 (class of 2020) must purchase a computer that
complies with the requirements listed at:

www.ohio.edu/medicine/admissions/accepted/computers.cfm

The Heritage College strongly recommends the Dell laptops offered by Bobcat Depot,
due to meeting the requirements, local
service availability and four-year warranty
coverage.


Mac Hardware Note: Please be aware that
there is no MAC support beyond wireless
connectivity.

 

Software:
Microsoft Office Pro Plus 365
Anti-Virus Software
Acrobat Reader

 Honors Tutorial
RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Dell® Laptop: E5470, E5570 or E7470
Apple® MacBook Pro: System B thru System F

 
Communication (Scripps):
Communication
Studies

RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Dell® Laptop: E5470, E5570 or E7470
Apple® MacBook Pro: System B thru System F

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus is recommended
for all users.

Some classes may utilize software available
only for the Windows operating system. Mac®
users should have the ability to install an
up-to-date version of Windows using Apple
BootCamp or some other virtual machine
emulator (e.g., VMware Fusion, Parallels,
Virtual Box, etc.). If using a Mac and running a
dual boot system, users must install Windows
8.1 or above. Previous versions of Windows OS
will not work on the newer MACs.

Communication
(Scripps):
ITS
(Information &
Telecommunication
Systems)

RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Dell® Laptop: E5470, E5570 or E7470

ACCEPTABLE MODELS:
Apple® MacBook Pro: System B thru System F

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Computer must be able to run Windows OS.
If students want to purchase/use a Mac®, users should have the ability to install an up-to-date version of Windows using Apple BootCamp or some other virtual machine emulator (e.g., VMware Fusion, Parallels, Virtual Box, etc.). If using a Mac and running a dual boot system, users must install Windows 8.1 or
above. Previous versions of Windows OS will
not work on the newer MACs. 8GB RAM is
also recommended if installing Windows OS.

Communication:
Journalism

RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Apple® MacBook Pro: System B or System C
Apple 12" MacBook 1.2 GHz Model

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Hardware and software is optional; computer labs are available.

Recommended Software:
Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Adobe Creative Cloud

Communication (Scripps):
Media Arts &
Studies

Games & Animation, Music Production &
Recording Industry, Integrated Media

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Apple® MacBook Pro: System E or System F

RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Apple MacBook Pro: System C or System D

ACCEPTABLE MODEL:
Apple MacBook Pro: System B

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Hardware and software is optional; computer
labs are available.

For productions focused majors, students may
be subject to a variety of software:

Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Avid Pro Tools
Apple Logic Pro
Adobe Creative Cloud
Autodesk Maya
Pixologic ZBrush
Toon Boom
Unity

Software can be purchased at any time after
students discover what they use most.

Communication (Scripps):
Media Arts &
Studies

Media & Social Change, Screenwriting
& Producing

RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Dell® Laptop: E5470, E5570 or E7470
Apple® MacBook Pro: System B thru System F
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Hardware and software is optional; computer
labs are available.

Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus is recommended
for all users.

Some classes may utilize software available only for the Windows operating system. Mac® users should have the ability to install an up-to-date version of Windows using Apple BootCamp or some other virtual machine emulator (e.g., VMware Fusion, Parallels, Virtual Box, etc.). If using a Mac and running a dual boot system, users must install Windows 8.1 or above. Previous versions of Windows OS will not work on the newer MACs.

Communication (Scripps):
VisCom

Information Design: Interactive, Information
Design: Publication, Commercial Photography,
and Photojournalism


RECOMMENDED MODELS:
Apple® MacBook Pro: System B thru System F

ACCEPTABLE MODELS:
Apple 12” MacBook (Either Model)
Apple MacBook Pro: System A
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Hardware and software is optional;
computer labs are available.

Recommended Software:
Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Adobe Creative Cloud
University College    Undecided Majors

Laptop choice is your preference. However,
if you are thinking of a particular major,
please refer to that major for reference.

 
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