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Prerequisites are one or more courses that must be completed, or other knowledge, skills, or standards that must be demonstrated, before a student is permitted to take certain courses.

Prerequisites (if any) for a course are listed in the Catalog.

Some prerequisites have their own prerequisites, forming a string of courses that must all be taken. The catalog course description shows the last course in the prerequisite string of courses. For example, MATH 241 has a prerequisite of MATH 143, which requires MATH 142, which requires MATH 141. To enroll in MATH 241, students must have successfully completed MATH 143, 142, and 141.

An instructor may drop a student from a class if the prerequisite requirements, as stated in the catalog course description, have not been satisfied.

A curriculum may not have "hidden" prerequisites.  If a course is a prerequisite for a required major or support course, then that prerequisite course must be included in the curriculum as a major or support course.  For example, for a curriculum requiring MATH 241 as a support course, MATH 141, 142 and 143 must also be listed as support courses. 

Upper-dvision courses (300- and 400-level) must have a prerequisite.

Academic Senate Resolution AS-330-90/CC (PDF)

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