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Computer Requirements

Although the Texas A&M University School of Public Health maintains computer labs at selected sites for graduate student's use, these facilities are not the primary computing resource. Each student entering the School of Public Health is expected to have a computer of their own (desktop, laptop, or tablet) that meets the minimum School of Public Health computer requirements. (This applies to all students)

The reason for this requirement is that a computer has been deemed to be critical to a graduate student's success. Those who do not have 24/7 access to the internet and a computer are at a great disadvantage. The Medical Sciences Library (MSL) has laptops, iPads, and a digital camcorder available for loan.  

Minimum Computer Requirements

  • OS Windows minimum requirements
    • Operating System Windows 10, supported versions: 2004, 20H2, and 21H1 (Windows RT or S not supported)
    • Intel i5 or i7 processor
    • 250-gigabyte hard drive or 256 Gbyte solid-state drive
    • 16 Gbytes of RAM
    • Wireless: 802.11ac
    • Ethernet cable, Cat-5E or greater
    • Ethernet-to-USB adaptor, if necessary
    • Minimum screen resolution: 1280x768

  • macOS  minimum requirements

    • Operating System 10.12 or later (macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or later)
    • Intel i5 or i7 processor or M1. Devices using Apple’s M1 processor and Apple Rosetta 2 are supported.
    • 250 Gbyte hard drive or 256 Gbyte solid-state drive
    • 16 Gbytes of RAM
    • Wireless: 802.11ac
    • Ethernet cable, Cat-5E or greater
    • Ethernet-to-USB (or Thunderbolt) adaptor (Macbook Air and newer MacBooks)
    • Minimum screen resolution: 1280x768

  • Additional Requirements

Some of your courses will use the following applications. Please check the system requirements. 

  • Examplify: currently, this app doesn't run on Chrome, Android, or Linux operating systems. It doesn't support touchscreen input on Mac or Windows laptops. Exam-takers can view the instructions on how to update their device to meet the Examplify guidelines. 

  • Respondus LockDown Browser: Windows 10, macOS 10.12 or higher; iOS 11.0 +;  it doesn't run on Android or Chrome.
  • Honorlock: Chrome Browser plug-in

IMPORTANT! 
  • Do not register for an online class if your computer and/or network cannot meet these minimum requirements. 

 

Dell laptops that meet our minimum standards may be purchased through a special purchasing agreement between Dell and the Health Science Center, but you are not required to purchase one of these computers.

Go to the Dell-TAMHSC website for more information.