Acquire Necessary Technology


Desktop or Laptop Computer

Computer capable of running Windows 10, Mac OS 10.8 or newer with the latest operating system, at least 8GB of Ram, 2GHz CPU and 1024 x 768 resolution monitor. 

Note: Mines students can receive computer discounts from Dell, Apple and Lenovo

Computer Microphone and Speakers

USB headset with microphone recommended. 


Built-in webcam for laptops or USB webcam for desktop

Reliable, High-Speed Internet Connection

Students should have 6Mbps download  & 1.5Mbps upload speeds or higher. 

Students are responsible for their ensuring their internet connection provides adequate bandwidth (i.e. data usage) limits as some courses may utilize significant amounts of data. Check your internet speeds here.


Two Web Browsers

The latest or recent version of Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox with JavaScript enabled and accepts cookies are recommended. Download additional browsers here: Firefox and Google Chrome.

Mines VPN Access

VPN access is available on the Mines VPN page.

Productivity Tools

Students may use a variety of productivity tools, such as OpenOffice, Google G Suite, Office 365 and iWork to create text documents, presentations and spreadsheets. Check with the department on specific file type (e.g. PDF, DOCX, etc) requirements.

System Requirements:

Zoom Web Conferencing Application

Download the free application on the Zoom websiteCheck your system requirements here.

Adobe Flash Browser Plugin (as needed)

Test and install Adobe Flash player (only required if recording with Canvas video recorder). *Flash not supported in Chrome*

Javascript (As Needed)

Enable javascript in your web browsers: Windows and Mac.

Last updated on July 12, 2019. Please contact the Mines Help Center with any questions on these requirements. 


Students are expected to meet these minimum technology requirements to be successful. It is incumbent on the student to have the software and hardware necessary to complete the course. If the student experiences financial hardships due to these requirements, please reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students at 303-273-3231.


Please check with your department for any additional program-specific requirements that may supersede the hardware or software requirements listed in these minimum requirements.