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Distance Learning & Outreach

Technical Requirements

To participate in online programs students will need a computer system with current specifications.  Students are encouraged to visit their distance learning program information/website for recommended system requirements as hardware and software requirements vary by program.  The Blackboard Support website provides additional assistance regarding system requirements.  Distance learners may purchase UC-licensed software through the UC Bookstore Computer Department.

In general, technical requirements include the following. 

Minimum Hardware (PC)

  • Intel i5 processor or faster
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 500Gb HD
  • DVD-RW drive
  • Video card with 256Mb of memory or more
  • Monitor that supports 1280x1024 resolution or higher
  • Broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable modem that supports 1Mbps or higher)

Ideal Hardware (PC)

  • Intel i7 processor or faster
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1TB 7200 RPM drive
  • DVD-RW drive
  • Fast broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable modem that supports 10Mbps or higher)
  • Single or dual monitors that support 1920x1080 resolution or higher

Basic Mac System Requirements

  • iMac or Mac mini with 2.7Ghz dual-core Intel i5 processor or faster
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1Tb 7200 RPM drive
  • 8x External SuperDrive
  • Monitor that supports 1280x1024 resolution or higher
  • Broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable modem that supports 1Mbps or higher)

Ideal Mac System Requirements

  • Mac Pro with 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processor or faster
  • 12 GB RAM  (6 GB std)
  • 1 Tb HD (std)
  • 18x External SuperDrive
  • Single or dual monitors that support 1920x1080 resolution or higher
  • Fast broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable modem that supports 10Mbps or higher)

Minimum Software

  • Latest version of Mozilla Firefox (Mac or PC), Microsoft Internet Explorer (PC), Google Chrome (Mac or PC), and/or Safari (Mac or PC)
  • Microsoft Office 2013 (PC) or Microsoft Office 2011 (Mac)
  • Broadband internet connection (at least 1Mbps, preferably 10Mbps or higher)
  • Current version of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player and Java