Course Prerequisites, Corequisites, and Recommendations

Beginning with the Fall 2011 registration, many courses with prerequisites requirements are subject to computerized prerequisite checking.

Registration is blocked for students who do not meet prerequisite and/or corequisite requirements.

What are prerequisites?

A prerequisite is a condition of enrollment that a student is required to meet in order to demonstrate readiness for enrollment in a course or program. As an example, students must successfully complete elementary algebra (Math 110) prior to enrolling in intermediate algebra (Math 120). So, Math 110 is a prerequisite for Math 120. A prerequisite course must be completed successfully to enroll in the course which follows. Successful completion is defined as earning a grade of “C” or better. Placement test results can also be used to meet prerequisite skill levels.

What are corequisites?

A corequisite is a course that a student is required to take simultaneously in order to enroll in another course.

What is recommended preparation?

Recommended preparation for a course or program is a condition that a student is advised, but not required, to meet before enrollment.There are no registration blocks on courses with recommended preparation only. However, students are strongly advised to meet the recommended preparation before enrolling into a course so as to be better prepared to successfully complete the course.

How can I meet prerequisite requirements and be cleared to register for classes?

There are five ways students can meet prerequisite requirements:

  1. Complete the prerequisite course(s) within the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCD) system, with a grade of “C” or better, or CR (Credit) /P (Pass).
  2. Complete placement tests within the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCD):

    The math placement test must have been completed within the last two years.

    The English placement test has no time limit.

  3. Complete the prerequisite course at another regionally accredited college/university in the United States.
  4. Complete a placement test at a California Community College (CCC) outside of the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCD). (Note: Placement tests results vary by college. If you have taken a placement test at another CCC, you may submit your results for review using the Prerequisite Equivalency/Reciprocity of Placement Petition).
  5. Meet prerequisites through the completion of College Board Advanced Placement Exam (AP) Exam(s).

If you have met a prerequisite requirement by completing item 3, 4 or 5 above, you may file a Prerequisite Equivalency/Reciprocity of Course Placement Petition to have any coursework or testing completed outside of the SMCCCD evaluated (via the Prerequisite Equivalency Process).

Click here for information on the Prerequisite Equivalency Process.


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