Now more than ever, it’s important to have accessible technology with remote capability. In preparation for a return to campus, Montco is introducing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.

Bring your personal laptop to successfully complete your coursework on- and off-campus. Use of a Chromebook or cell phone is not currently recommended. Please review the technical requirements needed for your personal device and check to see if your program requires advanced hardware and/or software.

Minimum requirements

Minimum technical requirements for standard coursework*:

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode) or Mac OSX 10.14 or newer
  • Intel or AMD equivalent processor for Windows / Intel or Apple processor for OSX.
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB solid state storage
  • Wireless networking: 802.11 a/g/n/ac/ax
  • Webcam
  • Embedded microphone and speakers (headset preferred)
  • 4- to 6-hour battery life
  • Access to high-speed internet

Don’t have your own device? Complete the Request for Technology form, and we’ll work with you to provide a device that meets the needs of your program of study.

As a registered student, the College will provide you with access to:

  • Install the Microsoft Office Suite on up to 5 personal devices.
  • The Microsoft Teams and Zoom collaboration clients.


Special program requirements

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Computer Networking and Cyber Security

Hardware requirements

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor
  • >=16GB RAM
  • >=512GB SSD
  • Dedicated GPU with >= 4GB VRAM
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Refer to course syllabus.

On-campus computer lab access

  • Yes, on-campus computer labs are only available for students in CIS 171 and CIS 172

Computer Science

General Hardware requirements

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • >=8GB RAM
  • >=256GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Refer to Course Syllabus

On-campus computer lab access

  • No

Specific Course Requirements

  • CIS 111, CIS 111B, CIS 112: Require a MAC or Windows Computer (No Chromebooks)
  • CIS 177, CIS 214, CIS 276: 
    • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
    • >=Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor
    • >=16GB RAM
    • >=512GB SSD
    • Webcam
    • Microphone
    • Speakers

Electrical Engineering Science

Hardware requirements

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • >=8GB RAM
  • >=256GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Solidworks

On-campus computer lab access

  • No

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Hardware requirements

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • >=8GB RAM
  • >=256GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Review Course Syllabus

On-campus computer lab access

  • No

Fine Arts

Hardware requirements

  • MacOS >=10.14 Intel >=i5 processor
  • >=8GB RAM
  • >=256GB SSD
  • GPU with at least >=2GB of VRAM
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

On-campus computer lab access

  • Yes

Information Technology

Hardware requirements

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • >=8GB RAM
  • >=256GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • SQL

On-campus computer lab access

  • No

Interactive Media - Game Design

Hardware requirements

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor
  • >=16GB RAM
  • >=512GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Autodesk Maya
  • ZBrush Core

On-campus computer lab access

  • Yes

Mass Media – Media Production

Hardware requirements

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor
  • >=16GB RAM
  • >=512GB SSD
  • Dedicated GPU with >= 4GB VRAM
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite with Adobe Premiere Pro

On-campus computer lab access

  • Yes

Mass Media – Media Studies

Hardware requirements

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor
  • >=16GB RAM
  • >=512GB SSD
  • Dedicated GPU with >= 4GB VRAM
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite with Adobe Premiere Pro

On-campus computer lab access

  • Yes

Software Engineering

Hardware requirements

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • >=8GB RAM
  • >=256GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Refer to course syllabus.

On-campus computer lab access

  • No

Sound Recording and Music Technology

Hardware requirements

  • MacOS >=10.14.6
  • Intel >=i5 processor
  • >=16GB RAM
  • >=256GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Avid ProTools
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Reason
  • Melodyne

On-campus computer lab access

  • Yes

Web Development and Design

Hardware requirements

  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • >=8GB RAM
  • >=256GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Software requirements

  • Refer to course syllabus.

On-campus computer lab access

  • No

 


Special Course Requirements

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ART Courses

Courses Computer Type Additional Software Additional Suggested Hardware
Art 130 2D Design Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
Wacom drawing tablet
ART 131 2D Design/Color Theory Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
Wacom drawing tablet
Art 138 Digital Art I Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
Wacom drawing tablet
Art 139 Digital Art II Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
Wacom drawing tablet
ART 180 Intro to Visual Communication Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 182 Typography Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 171 Printmaking I Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop and Illustrator
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 271 Printmaking II Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop and Illustrator
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 272 Printmaking III Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop and Illustrator
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 155 Digital Photography I Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 156 Digital Photography II Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 285 Illustration I Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 286 Illustration II Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 238 Animation I Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, ToonBoom Harmony Advanced,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 240 Animation II Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, ToonBoom Harmony Advanced, DragonFrame StopMotion,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 
ART 241 Animation III Apple OSX based computer Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, ToonBoom Harmony Advanced, DragonFrame StopMotion,
Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)
 

CIS Courses

Courses Computer Type Additional Software Additional Hardware
CIS 110 Computer Information Systems for Management Microsoft Windows based computer Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)  
CIS 1101 Programming for Everyone Microsoft Windows based computer

Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)

Visual Logic

 
CIS 111 Computer Science I: Programming and Concepts Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer (No Chromebooks) Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)  
CIS 111B Computer Science II: Object-Oriented Programming Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer (No Chromebooks) Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)  
CIS 112 Computer Science III: Data Structures & Algorithms Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer (No Chromebooks) Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)  
CIS 113 IT Hardware Essentials and Support Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer TestOut Software  
CIS 126 Computer Architecture & Organization Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer Computer must support Java  JDK (V8 or later) to  execute MARS MIPS assembly language emulation software.  
CIS 141 Introduction to Linux Microsoft Windows, Linux or Apple OSX based computer   May need to purchase external drive or USB
CIS 155 PC Applications on Networks Microsoft Windows based computer Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)  
CIS 171 Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer   May need to purchase a network cable or adapter
CIS 172 Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer   May need to purchase a network cable or adapter
CIS 177 Introduction to 3D Modeling Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer Autodesk  Maya/System and video card requirements for Autodesk Maya
  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor
  • >=16GB RAM
  • >=512GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
CIS 207 Introduction to Computer Forensics Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer   NDG Online Forensic software
CIS 214 Advanced 3D Modeling Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer  
  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor
  • >=16GB RAM
  • >=512GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
CIS 245 Database Management Systems Using SQL Microsoft Windows based computer Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)  
CIS 276 Game & Simulation Programming Foundations  Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer  
  • Windows 10 (non S-Mode)
  • >=Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor
  • >=16GB RAM
  • >=512GB SSD
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

EGR/ EGT Courses

Courses Computer
Type
Additional Software Additional Suggested Hardware
All EGR Courses Microsoft Windows based computer (Windows 10) Refer to Course Syllabus  
EGR 115 Microsoft Windows based computer (Windows 10) Solidworks  
All EGT Courses Microsoft Windows based computer (Windows 10) Refer to Course Syllabus  

NUR Courses

Courses Computer
Type
Additional Software Additional Suggested Hardware
NUR Courses Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX based computer (No Chromebook or IPAD) Refer to Course Syllabus  

RAD Courses

Courses Computer
Type
Additional Software Additional Suggested Hardware
RAD Courses Microsoft Windows based computer (Windows 10) Microsoft Office Suite (Office is free to enrolled students)