Computer Requirements

Students studying landscape architecture are required to have their own personal laptops equipped with the required software listed below by the beginning of the second semester of their first year of study.

PC – Windows 10

  • Intel Quad Core i7 processor, 2.5GHZ or AMD equivalent
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Wireless 802.11 AC
  • 2GB dedicated graphics card

Mac – Apple OS 10.11

  • Intel Quad Core i7 processor, 2.5GHZ or higher
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Wireless 802.11 AC
  • 2GB dedicated graphics card

Required Software

  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2016 Academic Version (Windows)
  • Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 (Windows only)
  • Autodesk software can be obtained from the Autodesk Student Site
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)

Recommended Software

It is possible to use Boot Camp in OS 10.11 to boot to a Windows partition, but it is recommended to run Windows natively rather than to use a virtual machine such as Parallels or VM Fusion. The graphics requirements for AutoCAD or 3ds Max lead to incompatibilities with virtual machine configurations.

Recommended Accessories

  • 8GB+ USB flash drive
  • Carrying case for laptop and accessories
  • Cable lock system for laptop or desktop system
  • 1TB External hard drive
  • Computer warranty (three years with accidental damage coverage)