1. Laptop Computer

  Processor: Intel Core I3, I5 or I7, 3.0 GHz  
  Memory: 4 to 6 GB  
  Hard Drive: 320 GB  

Graphics Card: 256 MB DirectX 10-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 for advanced graphics (i.e. NVIDIA® GeForce 6200 GPUs)  
  Display: 14" to 17" Screen - 1,280 x 1,024 with true color  
  Operating System:

WINDOWS 7 Professional - 64-bit or Windows 8



Note: Students wishing to use an Apple Macintosh computer will need to install Parallels Desktop or Boot Camp to run specific Windows based software programs.  
2. Printer/Scanner


  Office Jet or All-in-One Printer
3. Storage    
  Back-up Drive:
1 TB External Drive
2 Flash drives: one 4GB, one 8GB
4. Audio/Video (Virtual Class Participation)  


Note: Internal laptop webcams and microphones are suitable. However, internal speakers cannot be used for virtual classes. Students are required to use an external headphone/headset or earbuds.  
Internet Service    
Strong reliable high-speed Internet connection – cable modem or DSL broad band with 2 to 8 MB/Sec speed service.

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(Recent versions)

MS Office Suite – Word, Excel, MS Power Point
Adobe Acrobat Standard to create pdf files
Media player
Internet browser

All Civil Structural Engineering course content is delivered through Canvas – UAB's e-learning software platform. Please see software requirements for use with Canvas:


Additional Supplies  
  • Additional Monitor Display

A second Monitor display is highly recommended to increase workspace and improve virtual sessions (i.e. 22" or 27" Widescreen LED display).

  • Hand calculator