Technical Requirements

Due to the wide variety of computer hardware/software/browser combinations available, it is nearly impossible to give a comprehensive list that accounts for all variations. What follows is the most common equipment necessary for a successful online class experience.


Students should own or have daily access to a computer. Students can use a PC or a Mac that meets these minimum hardware requirements. BusTc classes and BUSTC 105 require the use of a PC.

Computer and operating system requirements

Minimum configuration for PC:

  • 2GHz processor
  • Memory: 1 GB of RAM
  • Operating system: Windows 8 and newer
  • Network connection for Internet access: Minimum of 512kbps

Minimum configuration for Mac:

  • CPU: Intel Xeon series Processor
  • Memory: 1 GB of RAM
  • Operating system: OS X (10.6 or higher)
  • Network connection for Internet access: Minimum of 512kbps


Browser information

Current list of supported browsers. You will use a browser to access Canvas. Watch a short video about Canvas browser support.

Downloading Web Browsers

Browser plug-ins

Some of the online tools have content that requires a plug-in or other software to be viewed. Plug-ins are small software programs that let you hear music or other sounds, watch full-motion video, or enjoy multimedia presentations.  List of additional recommended plug-ins for Java, Acrobat, and various media players. 

Internet access

You'll need a reliable connection to the Internet for online courses. You can connect to the Internet by signing up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). There are many ISPs to choose from. Your local phone or cable company may offer Internet access.

E-mail account

To take an online course, you need to use your Shoreline e-mail account.
Find out how to access your Shoreline email account, Shoreline e-mail account.


Online learning requires the latest version of Java which can be downloaded here. You will need a word processor in order to create documents for your online class. If you do not have Microsoft Office, here is some information about getting Office 365 ProPlus for students.