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Prerequisites, Corequisites and Recommended Preparation


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College Center Building 10, Room 370
(650) 574-6187

Computerized Prerequisite Checking

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

Registration is blocked for students who do
not meet prerequisite and/or co-requisite requirements.

For more information, see FAQs.
A prerequisite is a course or other body of knowledge that enhances a student’s chance of success in another course. Without it, a student is highly unlikely to be successful in the course for which the prerequisite is required. 

Some courses at College of San Mateo have prerequisites, which is a specific level of preparation that students must have before enrolling in a course.

In order to register for a class with prerequisites, students will need to satisfy its prerequisites before their assigned registration date. 

Students can satisfy prerequisites by successfully completing a course or placing into the course via Math/English assessment.

If students satisfy the prerequisite through a course completed in the San Mateo Community College District, the prerequisite will automatically be cleared. But, if the students satisfied the prerequisite elsewhere, they will need to submit a prerequisite equivalency request.

Prerequisite Clearances are not automatic for:

  • Courses that you completed at another institution.
  • Placement into English/Math based using Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam results. 
  • Placement into English/Math based using high school coursework not previously provided.
The San Mateo County Community College District enforces all course prerequisites that have been approved and are listed in the Catalog and Schedule of Classes.