The JMU Engineering Department requires that all students have a personal laptop or desktop for completing course work. Suggested specifications for these computer systems are provided below.

We strongly recommend students purchase a system at the “Recommended” or “Optimal” level to ensure sufficient computing support for this entire plan of study. Only Windows Intel-based systems are supported by the department. Systems running Linux or Apple configuration may be inoperable with the required course software.

We recommend purchasing your computer from the JMU Bookstore.



Operating System*

Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Processor (CPU)**

Intel i7

Intel i9

Memory (RAM)

16 GB

32 GB


512 GB HDD



Nvidia Quadro

Nvidia Quadro RTX


* Many Engineering software packages (SolidWorks, NI LabView) require Windows. We do not recommend Apple computers unless you have already installed Windows on them.

** All of the Engineering software packages require an Intel or AMD processor and will NOT run on ARM or M1 processors.

*** SolidWorks only certifies Nvidia Quadro graphics cards, though other options will usually perform acceptably. Intel integrated graphics will have very poor performance.

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