Computer System and Course Requirements

In order to take an online course, you will need to meet the following minimum computer requirements:

PC System Requirements

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Sound card with speakers
  • Microphone
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Webcam
  • Highly Recommended – High Speed Internet Access (Cable, DSL, or FIOS)
    • Minimum - Modem with a speed of 56Kbps

Mac System Requirements

  • 32- or 64-bit new Intel Based iMAC, Mini Mac, MAC Pro, MacBook, or MacBook Pro
  • 32-bit display adapter
  • 2 Gigs of available disk space or higher
  • 1 Gig of RAM (2 Gigs Recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • Sound card with speakers or headphones
  • Microphone
  • Video adapter and monitor with 1024x768 or higher resolution
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Webcam
  • Highly Recommended – High-Speed Internet Access (Cable, DSL, or FIOS)
    • Minimum - Modem with a speed of 56Kbps

Software Requirements

Course-Specific Software Requirements

All of the following software programs listed below with the noted exceptions will be available through our online virtual lab for students taking online courses. (Graphic Design requirements are broken out separately.) Accessing the virtual lab is slower than having the software installed on your own computer and requires a high-speed internet connection. Student versions of most of the software listed are available for purchase at http://bookstore.BerkeleyCollege.edu/.

Instructions for connecting to the Online Virtual Lab: Virtual Lab Instructions

ACC255 – Computer Applications in ACC

  • Quickbooks Online (Web Version)

BUS250 – Computer Applications in Business

  • Microsoft Project 2013

CIS104 – Computer Essentials

  • Word 2013

CIS201 – Advanced Spreadsheets

  • Excel 2013

CIS203 – Advanced Database Management Systems

  • Access 2013

CIS212 – Multimedia and Business Presentations

  • PowerPoint 2013

CIS215 – Computer Applications

  • Word 2013
  • Excel 2013
  • PowerPoint 2013
  • Access 2013

CIS233 – Web Design I

  • Notepad V.5.1
  • Textpad V. 5.2.0
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Complete

CIS234 – Web Design II

  • Notepad V.5.1
  • Textpad V. 5.2.0
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Complete

CIS235 – Web Design III

  • Notepad V.5.1
  • Textpad V. 5.2.0
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Complete

CIS241 – Graphic Development

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Photography

ENG – All courses

  • Windows Media Player 11  

ENG115 – Public Speaking

  • Webcam

ENG265 – Business Communication 

  • Webcam

FAS250 – Computer Applications in Fashion Industry 

  • JDA Merchandising – Enterprise Planning V7.4.1

FAS256 – Product Development

  • JDA Merchandising – Enterprise Planning V7.4.1

FIN250 – Computer Applications in FS

  • Business Plan Maker Software

HEA255 – Computer Application in HS

  • Medisoft Advance Patient Accounting (included with the text)

MAT215 – Statistics I

  • Hawkes Discovering Statistics (included with the text)

MGT425 – Management Simulation

  • Service Sim (Web Version)
  • PharmaSim (Web Version)

MKT250 – Computer Applications in Marketing

  • Word 2013
  • Excel 2013
  • PowerPoint 2013
  • Project 2013

Graphic Design Requirements

System Requirements (a PC or a Mac may be used)

Mac Requirements

  • Multicore Intel Processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v. 10.6.8 or 10.7
  • 2 GB of RAM minimum, 8 GB RAM recommended
  • 9.5 GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1280 x 800 display minimum, 1280 x 1024 recommended with 16-bit color and 512MD of VRAM
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software
  • Adobe Flash Player 10

Other Equipment

  • 8-megapixel camera

Software

Please note that hardware and software requirements and software available in the Virtual Lab are subject to change at any time.

*Adobe products are not available in the Virtual Lab.

If you have any questions regarding the computer requirements, please contact the Help Desk at 973-278-5400 ext. 1540 or email helpdesk@BerkeleyCollege.edu.