6.11. Prerequisites, Co-Requisites and Program Requirements

The terms “prerequisite” and “co-requisite” are defined in Sec. 1.4. Prior to registering for any course, a student should read the description of the course in Sec. 13. of this Bulletin.If the course has any prerequisites and/or co-requisites, these will be listed in the course description. They will also be listed on the course description that is found in the class schedule that can be viewed in OASIS. Frequently programs demand not just prior completion of a prerequisite course but also the attainment of a minimal acceptable grade in the course (a “C-“ or better, for instance). Faculty in some academic programs have also added special restrictions. For instance, some programs insist that no course taken in completion of a particular minor can be counted toward any other minor. Programmatic restrictions like these are to be found in Sec. 9. of this Bulletin. It is the student’s responsibility to understand any special programmatic requirements or restrictions and the impact those might have on the courses for which the student has opted to register.

It is the student’s responsibility to make certain he/she will have satisfied all prerequisites and co-requisites by the start of the session in which the course in question is to be taken. If all prerequisites and co-requisites have not been satisfied by that time, the registrar will forcibly drop the student from the class, and the student will be so notified so that an alternative schedule can be developed prior to the end of the drop/add period. Note that if a student is forcibly dropped from a course and does not take immediate action, the student may lose full-time status, which can induce a number of ancillary problems (see Sec. 6.10.1.).

Please consult Sec. 6.4. for information on placement testing in certain disciplines as an important means for addressing prerequisite, co-requisite and related program requirements.