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The information below serves as general computer recommendations for BSC students. Visit your academic program page for the specific computer requirements for your academic program.

All BSC courses use a Learning Management System (LMS) called BlackboardChromebooks, Chrome OS devices, iPads, and mobile devices (iOS, Android phones, tablets) do not allow students to satisfactorily access and complete course content.
BSC has computer labs available for students to use during specified hours.

Printing is available via Mystic Print, which allows students to print to designated printers from labs and personal computers while connected to the campus network.
BSC provides Wi-Fi internet/wireless connectivity on campus for student technology. Wired internet is not available for personal devices. Personal routers and access points will not work on BSC’s network.
Many students prefer a laptop computer instead of a desktop computer as it can be taken wherever they go. For students using or purchasing their own technology (desktop or laptop), BSC recommends reviewing the recommended and minimum specifications table below. Keep in mind, technology changes are frequent.
Please contact the BSC Help Desk with any questions regarding program recommended technology.


Computer Desktop or Laptop System Specifications Recommendations



Minimum Requirements

Operating System Windows 10 or 11 Home or Pro Windows 10 Home
Processor Type Intel Core i5 or i7 or AMD Ryzen equivalent Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen equivalent
Memory (Ram) 16 GB 8 GB
Hard Drive 250 GB or larger Solid State Drive (SSD) 250 GB Conventional Drive (HDD)
Webcam (Required) Either built-in or external USB Either built-in or external USB
Audio Headset/Headphones with Microphone Headset/Headphones with Microphone
Internet Connectivity Wi-Fi required Wi-Fi required
Warranty Extended warranty No warranty (new computers come with a basic manufacturer warranty)
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Virus Protection Software Microsoft Defender is included with Windows 10 and 11, or can use other free or paid anti-virus programs  Microsoft Defender is included with Windows 10 or 11, or can use other free or paid anti-virus programs 
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