Student Technology Guide

The Student Technology Guide is updated and produced each year as a collaborative effort between the Ziggabyte® technology store at Falcon Outfitters, Information Technology Services (ITS) and the BGSU academic departments.

BGSU does not have a computer purchase requirement, so expectations related to technology can vary significantly based upon the academic program and what is prevalent in that field. This guide is designed to support academic success by providing BGSU students with technology recommendations based upon their major course of study.

College and academic programs have helped to make it easier for students to learn about the technical specifications, software, and accessories appropriate for each academic discipline. In addition, Ziggabyte® and ITS have provided helpful information about using technology and related services offered at BGSU.


STUDENT TECHNOLOGY GUIDE 2020


Specific Technology Recommendations Based on Major

The recommendations below are provided by the respective colleges and departments.

DIGITAL ARTS

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • macOS Sierra or later or Windows 10 (64-bit only)
  • Check Adobe Creative Cloud system requirements prior to purchase

GRAPHIC DESIGN

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Typeface library beyond built-in sets
  • macOS High Sierra or later
  • 15” minimum screen

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

  • Windows 10 or macOS High Sierra or later

COLLEGE OF MUSICAL ARTS

  • Sibelius or Finale

ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

  • Windows 10 64-bit (Macs are highly discouraged)
  • i5 Intel® Core™ processor, i7 recommended
  • 8GB minimum RAM, 16GB recommended
  • 500GB minimum hard drive, 1 or more TB recommended
  • Dedicated graphics card is suggested
  • 15” minimum screen size, touchscreen not required
  • External hard drive/flash drive
  • Wireless mouse
  • Three-year warranty, theft and damage insurance
  • Software: Adobe Creative Cloud, Sketchup Pro, Rhino, VRAY, Lumin*, Autodesk*

*Free for students    

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

  • Windows 10 or macOS Mojave or later

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

  • Windows 10
  • Dual-core CPU, quad-core recommended
  • 8GB RAM, 16GB recommended
  • 2GB or more GPU RAM, 4GB recommended
  • Windows devices highly recommended; SolidWorks and ANSYS only work on Windows

MECHATRONICS

  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Office 64-bit
  • i5/i7 Intel® Core™ processor or equivalent
  • 16GB minimum RAM
  • Graphic Card: Video memory 512MB+. Support for OpenGL 2.0 or Direct3D 11 is required for the 3D module.
  • Minimum of 256GB storage, 512GB recommended with 5GB of free space. Additional space may be required for Automation Studio catalogs.
  • Windows devices highly recommended; SolidWorks and ANSYS only work on Windows

VISUAL COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • DSLR Camera (video capable)

BGSU ITS RECOMMENDED MINIMUM HARDWARE

If your major does not have specific hardware or software recommendations, Information Technology Services (ITS) recommends:

  • i5 or i7 Intel® Core™ processor
  • Minimum 256GB internal storage, 512GB recommended
  • 16GB RAM
  • 3-4 year warranty

*ITS does not recommend Chromebooks due to their incompatibility with several University applications.


Information Technology Services (ITS)

Information Technology Services is the central point of contact for questions and support regarding technology on campus.

ITS SERVICES

Student Services
  • Free hardware repairs for Dell and Apple computers covered by warranty
  • Open computer labs
  • BGSU account support
  • Campus-wide printing from personal devices and computer labs
  • 1TB of free cloud storage using OneDrive
  • Office365 – five free downloads of Microsoft Office suite
  • Self-help guides for connecting your devices  
Printing
  • The estimated cost of using a personal printer is double the cost of using campus printers
  • Personal wireless printers are blocked from accessing the BGSU network
  • Add money to your BG1 card to print via campus printers
  • Print from your laptop, phone or tablet to any student printer on campus.

Mobility Print

OTHER CAMPUS SERVICES

Collab Lab

The Collab Lab, located within the Jerome Library, offers peer-to-peer instruction on a variety of software applications for undergraduate, graduate and distance students. The Collab Lab also offers unique equipment for use in their location such as 3D printers, a laser cutter/engraver, Wacom Cintiqs, Oculus Rifts and a 3D scanner.

BGSU Collab Lab

Safeware

Safeware is an extended service protection plan (like an insurance plan or extended warranty) sold at Falcon Outfitters. The Safeware plan protects computers and tablets for up to four years against claims that your computer warranty may not cover such as accidental damage, liquid spills, manufacturing defects and power surges. Benefits include no out-of-pocket expenses and a hassle-free claims process.


Download a PDF version

The Student Technology Guide is available as a printed booklet at Ziggabyte® at Falcon Outfitters.