Donald J. Patterson

Westmont Computer Requirements

Computing Requirements

This is the current required computing resources that a student must have before enrolling in CS-010 or CS-030 in the 2019-2020 school year. We anticipate that this would last a student for four years in the Computer Science program. For questions, please contact Prof. Patterson via his Westmont email address.

Students taking computer science courses are required to have a laptop for classroom, lab, and self-study use. The current minimum requirements are:

  • 256GB of storage (hard drive or SSD)
  • 16 GB of memory (RAM)
  • 2.5Ghz Intel Core i7
  • Wi-Fi networking
  • Extended warranty program for repairs and accidents (such as AppleCare+, or Dell Warranty Basic Service with Accidental Damage┬áServices)
    • To handle the problem when a laptop breaks in the middle of a semester. #truestory
  • An external hard drive with storage greater than the laptop for backups (using software such as TimeMachine, or Dell Backup and Recovery). see above.
  • The screen size, graphics card, and operating system (Mac, Linux, Windows) are at the discretion of the student.