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Technical Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 (recommended), Windows XP (service pack 3 for 32-bit, service pack 2 for 64-bit), also supported

  • MAC OS X  10.6 (Snow Leopard) and higher is supported for most online course materials, but there may be applications that require a supported Windows Operating System.

Students using library or workplace computers will have limited support options due to access limitations on such networks. Check with your workplace IT department to ensure that you may access course materials from your company’s network.

Productivity Tools

Microsoft Office 2010 (Windows) or Microsoft Office 2011 (MAC). (NOTE: This software is available to students at deeply discounted pricing through the USF System Store.  

A free downloadable option is also available.  Apache OpenOffice is an open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases.

Internet Access

Internet access is required to participate in online course at USFSP.

  • Broadband: (LAN, Cable, or DSL) connection is highly recommended for an optimal student experience.

  • Satellite and/or Cellular (3G/4G) may also be used.

If you connect to the Internet through your employer, you may need to ensure that appropriate plug-ins and access rights are available to you. Check with your IT department to ensure that you may access course materials from your company's network.

Supported Internet Browsers:

The following are supported browsers.

  • Windows OS Users

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads

    • Google Chrome - www.google.com/chrome/

    • Mozilla Firefox - http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/

  • Mac OS Users

    • Apple Safari - http://www.apple.com/safari/

    • Google Chrome - www.google.com/chrome/

    • Mozilla Firefox - http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/

Internet Browsers not mentioned above are NOT currently supported and may not meet all requirements of your coursework.

Internet Browser Settings

Please refer to your browser's Help features to check these settings.

  • Pop-Up Blocker should be disabled

  • Java Script should be enabled

  • Java should be enabled

  • Cookies should be enabled


The most recent version of the following plug-ins are required for many of the resources available in your online courses:

  • Adobe Flash Player - http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader - http://get.adobe.com/reader/

  • Apple QuickTime Player - http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

  • Java v7 or higher - https://www.java.com/en/

  • Windows Media Player - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-media

  • Silverlight - http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx

Screen Settings

Your screen resolution (size) should be set at minimum 1024 x 768 or higher.