At Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), junior and senior information technology (ITEC) majors are required have their own laptop computing device.

The following lists summarize the minimum and recommended configurations. These lists are platform agnostic, they apply to Mac, Windows and Linux systems. The choice of operating system and hardware vendor is left to the student as a matter of personal and professional preference. 

The motivation behind this requirement is based on economic arguments, equity concerns, and widespread interest in education reform. Several studies of laptop initiatives in schools report increased student engagement, improved technology skills, and positive effects on student writing. As the research suggests, ITEC faculty believe that this laptop initiative is central to a quality ITEC program.

Minimum Specs

  • 64-bit multicore processor 2.1 GHz or better (example processors: Intel-I5, AMD Ryzen 5, or any equivalent ARM” processor (MAC) or better) 
  • 8 GB RAM  
  • 500 GB hard drive
  • Hardwired Ethernet connectivity (onboard or via adapter)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sound card, built-in camera and mic

Recommended Specs

  • 64-bit multicore processor 2.1GHz or better. (Example Processors: Intel-core I7, AMD Ryzen 7, any Equivalent ARM or better)
  • 16 GB RAM (recommended 32 GB)
  • 500 GB SSD or hybrid
  • Hardwired Ethernet connectivity (onboard or via adapter)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sound card, built-in camera and mic

Updated July, 9 2019