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Majors That Require a Laptop

There are many computer labs available for student use; however, the majors listed below require a laptop. Students are required to have laptops by the first day of classes. Laptop computers are available through the campus bookstore. See also Frequently Asked Questions about student computing options.

Major Required Laptop (see specifications below)
Architectural Technology (AAS) high-end
Architectural Technology (BS) high-end
Architecture (BArch) high-end
Autobody Repair (AOS) baseline
Automotive Service Technician (AOS) baseline
Biological Science (AAS) baseline
Business Administration (BBA) baseline
Computer Engineering Technology (AAS) high-end
Computer Engineering Technology (BS) high-end
Computer Information Systems (AAS) high-end
Computer Science (AS) high-end
Construction Engineering Technology (AAS) baseline
Construction Management Engineering Technology (BS) baseline
Cyber Security (BTech) high-end
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS) baseline
Digital Media and Animation (AAS) Apple MacBook Pro
Digital Media and Animation (BS) Apple MacBook Pro
Drafting/CAD (AOS) baseline
Electrical Construction and Maintenence Electrician (AOS) baseline
Electrical Engineering Technology (AAS) high-end
Electrical Engineering Technology (BS) high-end
Engineering Science (AS) high-end
Environmental Technology (AAS) baseline
Financial Planning (BBA) baseline
Forensic Science Technology (BS) baseline
Graphic & Media Design (AS) Apple MacBook Pro
Graphic & Media Design (BS) Apple MacBook Pro
Health Sciences (BS) baseline
Heavy Equipment, Truck & Diesel Technician (AOS) baseline
Information Technology - Applications Software Development (BTech) high-end
Information Technology - Network Administration (BTech) high-end
Information Technology - Web Development (BTech) high-end
Interior Design (AAS) high-end
Liberal Arts & Sciences - Math & Science (AA) baseline
Mechanical Engineering Technology (AAS) high-end
Mechanical Engineering Technology (BS) high-end
Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology (AOS) baseline
Motorsports Technology (AOS) baseline
Nursing (AAS) baseline
Nursing (BS-N) baseline
Pre-Environmental Science and Forestry (AA) baseline
Radiologic Technology (AAS) baseline
Sport Management (BBA) baseline
Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology (BS) high-end
Surveying Engineering Technology (AAS) baseline
Technology Management (BBA) baseline

Laptop or Desktop Required Curriculums

Major Required Laptop (see specifications below)
Coding and Reimbursement Specialist (Certificate) baseline
Health Information Technology (AAS) baseline

Baseline Suggested Laptop- PC

  • Processor - Intel Core i5
  • OS - Windows 7 Professional or 7 higher
  • Memory - 4 GB
  • Graphics Memory - 256 MB or Integrated
  • Hard Drive - 250 GB
  • Display Monitor - 14"

High-end Laptop- PC

  • Processor - Intel Core i5 or i7
  • OS - Windows 7 Professional or higher
  • Memory - 16 GB
  • Graphics Memory - 1 GB
  • Hard Drive - 320 GB
  • Display Monitor - 15.6 or 17"

Apple MacBook Pro

In order to ensure a seamless Macintosh environment and provide industry standard programs, incoming digital media and animation (DMA) students are required to purchase a MacBook Pro computer and an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, available on adobe.com.

By purchasing your MacBook Pro via our Apple store, you will receive an educational discount and an additional discount negotiated by Alfred State. Please go to the following address and log in with your Alfred State username and password; https://my.alfredstate.edu/academic-affairs/apple-store-discount. The appropriate MacBook Pro should be listed under “Recommended Purchases.” (Please note that you will receive your username and password following payment of your acceptance deposit.)

Assistance will be available with software setup and maintenance such as setting up email, connecting to the server, and printing. The Alfred State Help Desk is a certified Apple repair center. As a DMA student, if your MacBook needs to be sent off campus for repair, they can provide you with a loaner.