The Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering at California Baptist University has computer labs/classrooms available for student use, so owning a computer is not required. However, students find the ability to do work outside the computer lab beneficial. If you use the school's computers, you will need a USB Flash drive (pen/thumb drive) to transfer your files.
A Livescribe Pulse digital pen is highly recommended for note taking, especially if you get a desktop computer.
Mac vs. PC
Currently, all of the engineering computer labs are Mac based. AutoCAD and Excel both have applications for the Mac. Both Dell and Apple offer educational discounts to CBU students, though we do not make any specific computer brand recommendations.
Desktop vs. Laptop
Laptops are great for portability and will run most of today's computer applications. CBU has a wireless network covering the academic buildings, the library, dorm lobbies, and all campus residences. Desktops give you more power for the money, and are more reliable. They generally have a faster CPU, and are capable of more internal devices. They are also more upgradeable. It is really a personal choice.
- 6th Generation Intel© Core™ i7
- 16GB RAM (more is faster)
- 500GB Hard Disk (more is better) (1TB Hard Drive is preferable and does not cost that much more)
- Dedicated Graphics Card
- 8X DVD +/-R
General Software (Student discounts are available)
- Windows 7
- Microsoft Office (available to you for free as a student)
- Student Discount Software (http://www.academicsuperstore.com/, http://www.journeyed.com/)
- MATLAB (student version is available for $99 at http://www.mathworks.com/academia/student_version/) Used in EGR 182
- AutoCAD (Free Download for students at students.autodesk.com/) Used in EGR 122
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