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Technology requirements

Computer requirements vary by program—check your program page for details. For most students, a basic computer meeting minimum requirements is all you need, but there are exceptions. Review our recommended specifications below, and check your program page for any additional requirements. The specifications below will ensure good performance for needed software running through AppsAnywhere.

Minimum requirements Basic Mid-level Advanced
Recommended for All programs School of Business + Media Forensics/Computing/Engineering
Operating System Windows 10*
Processor Intel 10th Gen i5 or better


AMD Ryzen 5 4000 “U” Series or better

Intel 10th Gen i7 (“H” Series preferred) or better


AMD Ryzen 5 4000 (“H” Series preferred) or better

Memory 8 GB or greater 16 GB or greater
Hard drive 250 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) 500 GB SSD Primary: 500 GB SSD

Secondary: Consider 2nd data drive or external storage

Graphics card Intel: UHD/Iris/Xe Graphics

AMD: Radeon Graphics

Intel: UHD/Iris/Xe Graphics

AMD: Radeon Graphics

nVidia GPU: MX250/Quadro P520 or better

Intel: UHD/Iris/Xe Graphics

AMD: Radeon Graphics

Plus Discrete Graphics: nVidia GTX 1650/AMD Radeon 5600M or better

Screen 13″ or larger

1080P (FHD – 1920×1080) resolution or higher

Connectivity 802.11ac (or newer) or wired ethernet connection
Internet High-speed internet connection of at least 30 Mbps Download/10 Mbps Upload
Other 720P Webcam + Microphone
Warranty Accidental damage coverage recommended

*Running software via AppsAnywhere requires a Windows operating system. AppsAnywhere is a PC-based product and cannot deliver applications cross-platform. Students with Mac computers can create a virtual Windows environment using Parallels or VMWare Fusion on their Mac to run Windows, or use the Virtual Desktop BCIT provides – the AppsAnywhere Windows Desktop in Workspace. Students can request a free VMWare license from BCIT; if you wish to run Parallels you will need to source your own copy. BCIT also provides free access to Microsoft software for students including Windows 11 for use in VMWare Fusion.

Even if your program doesn’t require an above-basic computer, for best performance, you might want to consider upgrading. Please see the following additional information about technology requirements for these programs: