Recommended Computer Configurations by Major

IT at CSUMB has two different sets of recommended computer configurations for incoming students. These are recommended considering the specific technology demands of each major. A laptop is highly recommended.

It is highly suggested that you select the computer configuration (table 1) suggested by your major (table 2).  If you have any additional questions regarding these requirements, please reach out to an advisor for your major directly.

Table 1: Recommended Computer Configurations
Baseline Computer Configuration High-Demand Computer Configuration

Windows:

  • Core i5 / 1.6 GHz (or better)
  • Win 10 Pro 64-bit
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive
  • 14" 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • 802.11ac wireless 
  • Bluetooth
  • Built-in webcam
  • HDMI output
  • USB 3
  • Headphone jack
  • Ethernet (recommended)
  • 3-year warranty

Windows:

  • Core i7 / 1.9 GHz (or better)
  • Win 10 Pro 64-bit
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 512 GB Solid State Drive
  • 15" 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • 802.11ac wireless 
  • Bluetooth
  • Built-in webcam
  • HDMI output
  • USB 3
  • Headphone jack
  • Ethernet (recommended)
  • 3-year warranty

Apple: 

  • M1 or 1.4 GHz i5 (or better)
  • MacOS Catalina or newer
  • 8 GB RAM (16GB if i5 processor)
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive
  • 13" Retina Display
  • 802.11ac wireless 
  • Bluetooth
  • Built-in webcam
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports

Apple:

  • M2 or 2.3 GHz i7 (or better)
  • MacOS Catalina or newer
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 512 GB Solid State Drive
  • 13" Retina Display
  • 802.11ac wireless 
  • Bluetooth
  • Built-in webcam
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports

The CSUMB Bookstore carries various brands and models that meet the recommended specifications.

Table 2: Computer Configuration By Major
Baseline Computer Configuration Majors High-Demand Computer Configuration Majors
  • Agricultural Plant & Soil Science
  • Business Administration
  • Collaborative Health and Human Services
  • Global Studies
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Humanities and Communication
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Physician’s Assistant
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • School Psychology -MS
  • Social Work
  • Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures
  • Speech Pathology, MS
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Hospitality Management
  • Teaching Credentials
  • Biology
  • Cinematic Arts and Technology
  • Communication Design (Apple)
  • Computer Science (Windows)
  • Environmental Science, Tech and Policy
  • Environmental Science -MS
  • Environmental Studies
  • Marine Science -BS
  • Marine Science -MS
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Visual and Public Art (Apple strongly recommended)

Reminder: Saving all documents to the cloud instead of your computer can be a lifesaver, especially if you are having an issue with your CSUMB computer and the computer needs to be swapped out.

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Tue 7/21/20 8:17 AM
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