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Gallogly College of Engineering Laptop Policy

Most engineering courses now utilize multimedia-based software, requiring students to have and use laptop computers, connected to the wireless network, in both the classroom and laboratories.

An OU IT Update - Spring 2020

  • The OU IT Service Centers are located in the Engineering Lab, Rm. 201 and in the Bizzell Library, Rm. 125.

  • The OU IT Service Team is unable to provide hardware or software support for machines purchased outside of the U.S.

A laptop, coupled with the wireless network available in all engineering buildings, allows students to access web-based course materials anywhere. The technology is used to improve teaching and learning, and provide anytime/anywhere communications between faculty and students.

All students with majors in the Gallogly College of Engineering are expected to have a laptop computer to use throughout their curricula.

  1. Ability to send and receive e-mail, including attachments
  2. Ability to browse the network and download files
  3. Ability to communicate to external devices over a USB 2.0 port
  4. Ability to read and write documents in Microsoft Office format (version 2013 or higher)

University students are eligible to  download Microsoft Office for free at Other office suites such as Open Office can read and write in the proper format and are available at no cost.


  • Minimum i7 Processor or better
  • 16GB RAM
  • 500GB Hard Drive (Solid State Drive SSD highly recommended)
  • 1 GB Integrated Video (Discrete/Dedicated GPU such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, AMD Radeon HD 7970M, NVIDIA Quadro K500M recommended)
  • 802.11g/n Wireless
  • At least 1 USB 2.0 Port
  • Windows 10 or later (64 bit)
  • Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite or later
  • 3 Year Warranty with accidental coverage (highly recommended, not required)
  • Webcam (integrated preferred but USB is acceptable)
  • Microphone (integrated preferred but USB is acceptable)

Mac users represent a growing population within the Gallogly College of Engineering and across campus.  Students who wish to use an Apple laptop should be aware of some limitations. Not all engineering software is compatible with OS X. Students using Macs may need to purchase and/or install additional software in order to use Windows within OS X. 

The Surface Pro 3 or newer is compatible with the programs required by the Gallogly College of Engineering. Students may use this device. The iPad Pro has compatibility issues with the apps that will be necessary for students to use. The iPad Pro is not recommended at this time.

Chromebooks are not sufficient for use within the Gallogly College of Engineering.

Information Technology and the Gallogly College of Engineering have partnered to provide a comprehensive computer support infrastructure. This includes wireless coverage, repair services, network file storage, and classrooms with additional power and network capability.

All Gallogly College of Engineering buildings (Felgar Hall, Carson Engineering Center, Devon Energy Hall, Engineering Lab, and the ExxonMobil Rawl Engineering Practice Facility) have wireless coverage throughout. To connect, simply choose the network called "WIFI@OU". You will be required to register your device with your 4+4 in order to access this network. Campus guests can receive temporary, limited access by connecting to the "OUGuest" network.

More about Wireless Availability on Campus

IT provides students support for all their computing needs. To locate the IT Service Center nearest you, visit The IT Service Center is a Dell and Apple certified warranty repair center and provides support for these and other brands of computer. This service is free of charge, excluding any parts. The IT Service Centers are located in the Engineering Lab, Rm. 201 and in the Bizzell Library, Rm. 125.

200 MB of network storage space is provided for students to store homework, project or other files. This space is automatically mapped as H:\ in the engineering computer labs. For assistance connecting to the H:\ drive from home or wireless, contact the IT Service Desk at 325-HELP, visit the Felgar Hall 300, or log on to

Due to the number and expense of specialized engineering applications, we have created a Virtual Lab environment. The Virtual Lab allows access to many OU and Gallogly College of Engineering software packages remotely through student laptops or home computers. To access this feature from off campus, students need a high speed connection (Cable or DSL) and the University VPN software.

Access the Virtual Lab