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Computer Hardware

For current hardware and browser requirements please visit:


Computer Software

  • An Internet browser such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari is required.
  • A standard word-processing package such as Microsoft Word, or WordPad is required so you can prepare and submit homework, papers, and exams.
  • Active email account
  • Since you may be exchanging files with your Instructor or classmates, it is required that you have current anti-virus software installed on your computer.
  • For some courses it may be required that students have the ability to scan documents. Students may have access to scanners as many of today’s printers and some smart phones are equipped with this functionality. Otherwise, students should seek a location that provides this service such as Staples, Office Max, etc.
  • In addition, students may be required to use course-specific software packages. Check the course descriptions for special software requirements.


Students can purchase the required textbook(s) for each online course through the university bookstore.