Computer Requirements

All students entering the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences – either as a first-time freshman or as a transfer student – are expected to have a laptop computer to ensure access to computing capability at all times and in all locations, helping to support student success. The specifications provided below are designed to support students’ computing needs through at least four years of Cal Poly instruction. For additional, department-level computer specifications, please click the link in each department name.

The Cal Poly bookstore offers educational discounts for computing hardware. Students who are experiencing financial hardship and who do not have resources available to purchase a computer can contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if any one-time funding may be available. You should email your request to financialaid@calpoly.edu with the subject line: "CAFES Computer Need." Cal Poly provides a host of IT support resources for students.

 
Department OS Size Screen Processor RAM Storage Examples
Agribusiness Mac or PC 13” or 15” At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i5 16 GB ram 512 GB SSD Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,200  MacBook Pro ~$1,500 
Agricultural Education and Communication Mac or PC 13” or 15” At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i7 16 GB ram 1 TB SSD Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,700  MacBook Pro 16 ~$2,399 
Animal Science Mac or PC 13” or 15” At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i5 16 GB ram 512 GB SSD Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,200  MacBook Pro ~$1,500 
BioResource and Agricultural Engineering PC 15” At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i7 16 GB ram 1 TB SSD Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,700 
Experience Industry Management Mac or PC 13” or 15” At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i7 16 GB ram 1 TB SSD Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,700  MacBook Pro 16 ~$2,399 
Food Science and Nutrition Mac or PC 13” or 15” At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i5 16 GB ram 512 GB SSD Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,200  MacBook Pro ~$1,500 
Horticulture and Crop Science Mac or PC 13” or 15” At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i5 16 GB ram 512 GB SSD Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,200  MacBook Pro ~$1,500 
Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences PC 15” At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i7 16 GB ram 1 TB SSD Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,700 
Wine and Viticulture Mac or PC 13” or 15” At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i5 16 GB ram 512 GB SSD Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,200  MacBook Pro ~$1,500 

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