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What software do I need to install?


Software requirements by major




Introduction

You may have seen the detailed software list showing what is installed in our computer labs. Now you are wondering, “What do I really need to install?” I will try to answer this question for you.  The list below covers lower division coursework.  Refer to course listing in schedule of classes for upper division classes.


For the ENGR 7A/7B Freshmen Design Course, install Solidworks Engineering Kit.



All Engineering Students - Start Here

  • You must have Windows as an operating system.
  • Students in MAE, BME, and CEE with Macs should install Windows using Bootcamp.
    • Use Windows 10 Professional. 
    • Windows is available at no cost to HSSOE Students though the Microsoft DreamSpark program.
    • Solidworks & Autocad do not work well in a VM environment so install locally onto hard drive using Bootcamp.
  • Other majors consider using VMWare Fusion or Parallels with Windows 10 Professional to install Windows as a VM.
  • Follow the recommendations at our Laptops - Start Here page
For other software and utilities see my software list.
Note: You don't need to install everything, use the guidelines below.
 

EECS Students

  • EECS 10, CSE10 and CPE 10
    • Options for programming include:
  • EECS 12
  • Computational software
    • Text editor
    • You need the ability to use Linux
      • There are no specific Linux requirements so find something that works for you.
      • Options include
        • Terminal emulation with X server software
        • Virtual installation of Linux
        •  Create a dual boot computer.
        • WinSCP 
          • to copy files to a Linux or Unix server
    • CS Majors
      • Tools for java programming
      • Tools for C / C++
      • For Google App development you will need:
    • EE Majors 
      • LabVIew
        • You probably won't use it until your Junior or Senior year.
        • This can be purchased online, cost ranges from $20-$60.
      • PCB design software
      • Xilinx Vivado WebPack
        • This is free FPGA software

    MAE Students

    • MAE 10:
      • Choose one of the following:
    • MAE 52
      • FEA software
        • Abaqus Student Version (no cost) - 
          • The professional version is available in our computer labs
        • MSC Software - 
          • MSC Software has provided our School or Engineering with software donation for many years. 
          • They now offer a (no cost) student version.
        • You will most likely use FEA software in your upper division courses.
      • LabVIew
        • This can be purchased online, cost ranges from $20-$60.
        • It's in all of the computer labs.
        • You probably won't use it until your Junior or Senior year.

      CEE Students

      • CEE 20
        • Matlab
        • Campus license available.
      • AutoCad (no question about it)
        • AutoCad 
        • The student version is free.
        • Environmental Engineers - 
          • You need the HEC, EPA, and USGS software (see spreadsheet).
          • ArcGIS  - your instructor will arrange for you to get the software.
        • Structural Engineers-
          • FEA software
            • A few classes use Nastran so it might be worth getting the (no cost) student version from MSC Software.
          • SAP 2000
            • There is no student version so you must use it at the CEE computer lab.
        • Transportation Studies -
          • TransCad, TransModeler, and Synchro 
          • There are no student versions so you must use them at the CEE computer lab.
         

        BME Students


        CHEMS Students

        • CHEM E and MS Freshmen
          • currently no software requirements for first-year ChemE or MSE students unless you are enrolled in ENGR 7A/7B.
        • Polymath
          • Obtain from your instructor.
          • It requires Microsoft Windows
          • Used in CBEMS 110
        • LabVIew 
          • This can be purchased online, cost ranges from $20-$60.
          • You probably won't use it until your Junior or Senior year.
        • Matlab 
          • Campus license available.
        • You need WIndows & Office installed on Windows
          • Polymath requires Windows
          • And, there's a plugin for Excel that can only be used on Windows
          • Chemical Engineers
            • Invensys Pro/II 
            • Used for Senior design projects.
            • The company does not offer a student version, but it is available in the computer labs.
          • Materials Science students
            • FEA software
              • Abaqus Student Version (no cost) - 
                • The professional version is available in our computer labs
              • MSC Software - 
                • MSC Software has provided our School or Engineering with a software donation for many years. 
                • They now offer a (no cost) student version.
              • You will most likely use FEA software in your upper division courses.