Prerequisites, Corequisites, & Advisories

Generally, prerequisites are met through the satisfactory completion of appropriate coursework (i.e. with grades of “C” or higher). In some circumstances, with certain English, ESL, math and reading classes a prerequisite requirement may be met with an assessment test score from another California Community College (the test score must be less than 2 years old) or with certain Advanced Placement (AP) test scores.

Carefully consider the consequences of enrolling in an English, ESL, math or reading class that is of a lower level than what you assessed into. Once you are enrolled in a course in English, ESL, math or reading, you must complete the course sequence — you will not be allowed to skip a level, even if you had tested into a higher level course.

What is a Prerequisite?

When a course has a prerequisite, it means that a student must have certain documentable skills and⁄or knowledge before entering the course. This knowledge is considered necessary for a student to succeed in the course. The prior knowledge may be a skill (types 35 words per minute), a license or certificate (possession of a current Cosmetology License), an ability (speaks and writes Spanish fluently), a test score (writing assessment test score), or successful completion of a prior course (English 60 F with a grade of “C” or better). The student must complete the prerequisite successfully, with a grade of “C” or better, before enrolling in the course; D, F or NC grades are not acceptable.

What is a Corequisite?

When a course has a corequisite, it means that a student must take another specific course concurrently with the course for which it is required. In some cases, the corequisite course may be taken prior to the course for which it is required. However, in these instances the corequisite course must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. For example, with many lab courses in the sciences, students may take the required lecture course either prior to the lab or concurrently with it.

What is an Advisory?

When a course has an advisory, it means that certain preparation is recommended before a student enters the course. The preparation is considered advantageous for a student to succeed in the course. Since the preparation is recommended, the student is advised, but not required, to meet the condition before or in conjunction with enrollment in the course or educational program. For example, an introductory course in design concepts is advised to help give students the skills to succeed in more specialized art courses.

Prerequisites & Corequisite Clearances