- A prerequisite means a condition of enrollment that a student is required to meet in order to demonstrate readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program. Students registered in a class without having completed the prerequisite(s) may be dropped from the class. Prerequisite courses completed with a grade of D or F indicate unsatisfactory performance in the course and do not satisfy the prerequisite.
- A co-requisite means a condition of enrollment consisting of a course that a student is required to take simultaneously in order to enroll in another course.
- A prerequisite/co-requisite means a condition of enrollment consisting of a course that a student must either have taken previously or be taking simultaneously in order to enroll in another course.
- A departmental recommendation means a condition of enrollment that a student is advised, but not required, to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or education program.
Prerequisite / Co-Requisite Challenge Process:
Any prerequisite or co-requisite may be challenged by a student on one or more of the grounds listed below. The student shall bear the initial burden of showing that grounds exist for the challenge. Challenges shall be resolved in a timely manner and, if the challenge is upheld, the student shall be permitted to enroll in the course in question. Grounds for challenge are:
- The prerequisite or co-requisite has not been established in accordance with the District's process for establishing prerequisites and co-requisites;
- The prerequisite or co-requisite is in violation of Title 5 of the Education Code;
- The prerequisite or co-requisite is either unlawfully discriminatory or is being applied in an unlawfully discriminatory manner;
- The student has the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course or program despite not meeting the prerequisite or co-requisite;
- The student will be subject to undue delay in attaining the goal of his or her Student Educational Plan because the prerequisite or co-requisite course has not been made reasonably available;
- The student seeks to enroll and has not been allowed to enroll due to a limitation on enrollment established for a course that involves intercollegiate competition or public performance, or enrollment in one or more of the courses has been limited to a cohort of students. The student shall be allowed to enroll in such a course if otherwise he or she would be delayed by a semester or more in attaining the degree or certificate specified in his or her Student Educational Plan; and
- The student seeks to enroll in a course which has a prerequisite established to protect students' health and safety, and the student demonstrates that he or she does not pose a threat to himself or herself or others.