Prerequisites, Corequisites, & Advisories
The purpose of prerequisites, corequisites and advisories is to enhance a student’s
chances of success in a desired course.
Prerequisite – A prerequisite is a course needed before a student may register for a subsequent
course. The prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before
enrolling in a more advanced course.
Corequisite – A corequisite is a course that must be taken prior to or at the same time the student
is enrolling in the desired course.
Advisory – An advisory is a course that a student is encouraged, (but not required) to take
before enrolling in a more advanced course. The advisory course will, in all likelihood,
enhance a student's learning in the advance course.
If a student enrolls in a prerequisite course but does not receive a grade of “C”
or better in that course, he/she will be dropped from the advanced course.
If a student intends to use courses from another college or high-school-level geometry
to satisfy prerequisites, official transcripts must be submitted to our Admissions
& Records office prior to registering for classes. For more information, please contact
Admissions and Records at 805-922-6966 ext. 3248.
PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE Appeal PROCEDURES
Students have the right to challenge college prerequisites. They also have the responsibility
to provide documentation to support their appeal.
A prerequisite/corequisite appeal requires written documentation and/or, in the case
of establishing an equivalency, a written explanation of alternative coursework (background
or abilities) which in the student’s opinion adequately prepares the student for the
A prerequisite/corequisite appeal form can be obtained from the Office of the Dean
of Student Services/Counseling and or downloaded below and must be submitted by the
deadline. Refer to our Important Dates section for deadlines.
Reasons for challenging a prerequisite/corequisite may include one or more of the
- A prerequisite/corequisite is not reasonably available to a student with a Student
Education Plan (SEP). (Reasonably available is defined as any open seat(s) in any
scheduled course within the last two semesters.);
- A student believes the prerequisite was established in violation of state regulation
or in violation of the District approved prerequisite/corequisite process;
- The student believes the prerequisite/corequisite is discriminatory or being applied
in a discriminatory manner. (Discrimination is defined as prerequisites/co-requisites
being arbitrarily enforced with some group(s) of students and not with others or having
disproportionate impact on a particular group of students.);
- Student has documented knowledge and abilities equivalent to those specified in the
prerequisite course. Student documentation is required.
Students who wish to ask about the prerequisite/corequisite challenge process, should
see a counselor. Completed challenge forms should be submitted to dean of student
Prerequisite/Corequisite/Placement Appeal PDF
To make an appointment with a counselor call:
Santa Maria Campus (805) 922-6966, ext. 3293
Lompoc Valley Center (805) 735-3366, ext. 5200
VAFB Center (805) 734-3500
E-mail a Counselor
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