Technology Required

For successful completion of your petroleum engineering distance learning coursework, you will need the following minimum technology. 

Computer: (these are the lowest computer requirements, it would be better to exceed these characteristics)

  1. a Pentium 4 or better machine with Windows 7 or newer operating system
  2. 512MB RAM
  3. 80G hard drive
  4. video card with at least 2MB RAM
  5. sound card
  6. speakers
  7. Webcam *REQUIRED* - We suggest Logitech Webcams

Internet connection: (this is a program delivered over the Internet, you must have a reliable connection)

  1. Ethernet (company LAN) or
  2. DSL connection or
  3. Cable modem connection

Additional Required Hardware:

  1. at least 2GB of extra storage medium (zip drive, thumb drive, flash drive, cd burner, dvd burner)
  2. printer or printer access
  3. scanner

Software Requirements:

  1. You will be given two email accounts that must be accessed regularly. One from the university, the other from the department
  2. Antivirus
  3. It is highly recommended that multiple browsers be installed
  4. MS Office 2010 or newer (needs to include Excel, PowerPoint and Word)

Software Suggestions, Free:

Web Browsers

As of summer 2013 - Software Secure Remote Proctoring
Each student must agree to utilize the exam security technology which authenticates the identity of the online examinee and proctors the exam rules of an online distance learning examination. This software will record video clips of examinations and these clips will be saved for possible review. Any data on the recording is subject to the Plain View Doctrine, which would mean that if evidence of criminal activity or the product of a crime can be seen in the video it could be used as evidence against the student, even though law enforcement did not first obtain a warrant. If any data indicates the student is or has been in violation of the law or the university's student conduct code, the data will be provided to the appropriate department for further handling.

Information on the proctoring system can be found here Remote Proctor Now. If you would like to view an example, visit