Technical Requirements

To be successful in online courses, you will need to have privileges adequate to install software on a computer that meets the following specifications:

HARDWARE & SOFTWARE

IBM Computers and IBM Compatibles with Windows Operating System:
  • Microsoft® Windows XP (32-bit versions), Vista (32-bit or 64-bit versions), or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit versions)
  • Intel® or AMD x86 processor running at 1GHz or higher
  • RAM: 512MB RAM; 1GB recommended
  • 450MB of available hard-disk space
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Super VGA (800x600) or a higher-resolution monitor
  • Word processing program: Microsoft Word (either singly or as part of Microsoft Office) or Corel WordPerfect (NOTE: Microsoft Works is not supported)
  • If you plan to enroll in a computer applications course, access to the entire Microsoft Office Professional Suite is required.
  • Internet Explorer 8 or 9; Firefox 3.0 or higher, or Safari 5 or higher.

Macintosh Computers:
  • Apple® Mac OS X 10.4 or higher (Tiger, Leapord, Snow Leopard, Lion)
  • PowerPC or Intel processor
  • RAM: 512MB RAM; 1GB recommended
  • 800 MB of available hard-disk space
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Super VGA (800x600) or a higher-resolution monitor
  • Word processing program: Microsoft Word (either singly or as part of Microsoft Office) or Corel WordPerfect (NOTE: ClarisWorks, AppleWorks and Microsoft Works are not supported.)
  • If you plan to enroll in a computer applications course, access to the entire Microsoft Office Professional Suite is required.
  • Internet Explorer 8 or 9; Firefox 3.0 or higher, or Safari 5 or higher.

INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER

Internet access is a requirement for taking Internet courses. If you do not currently have Internet access, please make arrangements with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Services vary among ISP's, so consider the cost, time you will spend online, accessibility, speed, ease of set up and components of the provider's basic service. A broadband connection (384 Kbps or higher) is required. Also, make sure that the provider includes SLIP or PPP services as part of their Internet package; this is required for full Internet access with graphics capabilities. You must also have an active e-mail account to take Internet courses.

VIRUS PROTECTION

Quality virus protection software is required. This software is especially critical if you are accessing coursework from a computer on a network that is not protected by regularly updated virus-protection software. Virus protection software provides computer systems protection against potentially damaging computer viruses. New viruses appear on a frequent basis; keep your virus protection software current by installing upgrades as they become available.
Click here for more information about Viruses.

More information about setting up your computer can be found here (File will open using Adobe Reader).

TEST YOUR BROWSER

Use this page to help determine if you computer is compatible with our version of Blackboard.