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Software at COEN

Stock Image of a Compact DiscMany software packages are available for use in College of Engineering labs and are updated routinely to reflect the latest available versions.

See COEN Labs information for more details about specific packages and locations of Windows or Linux labs.

See the  Downloads page for various freeware packages.

Software for Faculty

Software Available for…Faculty

Many of the engineering applications in the labs are also available for faculty to use on COEN workstations (if a volume license exists; each licensing agreement may vary per software package).

Some packages that are NOT included in COEN volume license agreements (and must be purchased):

  • Adobe  software
  • Endnote

Adobe products are available for purchase at a discount through Dell, and requests may be submitted to COEN IT Services.

ENDNOTE is available at the BSU Bookstore, directly through Thomson Reuters or through the Academic Superstore.

A freeware alternative is Mendeley:

Software for Faculty/Staff

Software Available for…Faculty/Staff

Antivirus software may be installed on home machines.  See OIT’s web page for more information.

Camtasia video publishing software is free:

Software for Faculty/Staff/Students

Software Available for…Faculty/Staff/Students

Ansys simulation software is available to students for a nominal fee, click here for details to review student offerings from the website.



MathWorks MATLAB

Mathematica is available for faculty and staff personal machines, and free student editions are also available:

Microsoft Office For students, faculty, and staff:

Solidworks for Mechanical Engineering Students – kits for personal computers only; Computer labs in Engineering are configured with the academic version.  See more details about computers labs (and software) here.

Microsoft and Virtualization Software

Microsoft and Virtualization Software

Engineering faculty, staff, and students are enrolled in two software programs:  Microsoft’s Azure Dev Tools for Teaching and VMWare’s Academic Program (VMAP).  Membership provides free access to Microsoft software (with the exception of Office applications) and VMWare virtualization software (VMWare Workstation – Windows, Fusion – Apple OSX).

Please note:  Messages sent to engineering faculty, students and staff from are legitimate notifications of a software program the college is utilizing for free software access.  These messages are not spam or phishing emails.  The notifications are from an external organization that administers the program, and therefore will not reflect boisestate or .edu addressing in the “sender” information.

One download per offering, good for one year.  Contact for account creation and access details.


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OS X Versus Windows

The engineering packages available on Windows platforms may also be available for Mac OS X systems. When ordering a system for use with engineering grade software, however, the most compatible operating system is Windows.  Not all software programs are coded to run on Apple devices.

Software Purchasing

Engineering software packages used in COEN labs and on COEN servers are purchased by COEN IT Staff, which includes license renewals for engineering packages. (There is no requirement that faculty or staff purchasing software for installation on his or her COEN desktop or laptop go through COEN IT Staff).

Windows installations (operating system and Office suite products) are available FREE through volume licensing for COEN-purchased workstations. See additional information regarding the MSDNAA program for additional software available to COEN faculty and staff as well as the Microsoft Home Use program.

Origin is a proprietary computer program for interactive scientific graphing and data analysis.

Origin freeware alternatives are:

Non-Windows Applications:  Software for individual COEN workstations can be purchased by COEN faculty or staff (with departmental approvals and authorizations) through third-party vendors or internally through the Purchasing Department or through the BSU Bookstore.  Dell, as of 2012, is an authorized organization for several software packages, including Adobe products.

There’s no requirement that COEN IT Staff must approve of or purchase the software installed on individual workstations, but it is advisable to request COEN Staff purchase software in case other University Committees (SARB) or the Legal department decides to review the purchase.

When purchasing software, academic pricing may be available.  Please review the Boise State University’s Purchasing requirements before initiating an order, verify the software you are researching is not already available through state contract vendors, and verify that your order is tax-exempt.  The vendor may require that you fill out a sales tax exemption certificate and submit that with purchase documentation.  Some vendors require a purchase order to complete the transaction.

***Any software purchase from a vendor requiring a Boise State Signature for a software license agreement/EULA must be reviewed by Boise State’s Legal department before the software may be purchased.

For more information about purchasing, see the State of Idaho Purchasing Website:


If you have questions about software or need to request an installation on COEN equipment, contact IT Support for the College of Engineering at