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).

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:

  • 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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Created
Tue 7/21/20 8:17 AM
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