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Prerequisites, Corequisites and Recommended Preparation

Frequently asked Questions

What are prerequisites, corequisites, and recommended preparation?


A prerequisite is a condition of enrollment that students are required to meet 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. A completed assessment can also be used to meet prerequisite skill levels.

A corequisite is a course that a student is required to take simultaneously in order to enroll in another course. Corequisites are designated in course descriptions in the class schedule and college catalog.

Recommended preparation for a course or program is a condition that a student is advised, but not required, to meet before enrollment.

What if I am currently enrolled in the prerequisite course(s)?


If a student is currently enrolled in the prerequisite course(s) at Canada College, College of San Mateo, or Skyline College, the computer will not block his/her enrollment in the next course. However, if a student receives a final grade other than A, B, C, or CR in the prerequisite course(s), when the final grades are posted, he/she will be dropped from the course. Students are advised to see a counselor for further assistance with enrollment.

I am currently enrolled in the prerequisite course at another college. Can I still register for the next course in the series?


Students must submit a Course Prerequisite Equivalency Form and an unofficial transcript which shows successful completion ("C" or better) of the equivalent prerequisite course. Courses that are "in progress" outside of the district cannot be used to satisfy prerequisites.

Will the college accept high school coursework as meeting a prerequisite requirement?


No. However, students who have completed assessment may be eligible for certain courses based on their initial placement. Learn more on the Prerequisites Challenge Form page.

Can an instructor waive a prerequisite?


No. The purpose of prerequisite enforcement is to make sure all students have the necessary background to be successful in the course. An instructor’s signature will not override the prerequisite requirement for the course. Even if an instructor issues an authorization code, the student may not enroll in the course if he/she does not meet the course prerequisite requirement.