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Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Recommended Preparation

15 December 2014

The Peralta Community College District has established certain prerequisites, co-requisites, and recommended preparation (advisory) for courses and programs in a manner consistent with law and good practice. The District and college believe that these requirements are necessary for your academic success. Students who do not meet these requirements are highly unlikely to receive a satisfactory grade in the course. You may not officially enroll in a course without the appropriate prerequisite, co-requisite, or equivalent preparation. You may enroll in a course without the recommended preparation but are advised you might not derive as much benefit from instruction as you would if you satisfy the recommended preparation.  The college will publish any changes in prerequisites/co-requisites for individual courses in a catalog supplement.





Prerequisite means a condition of enrollment that the college requires you to meet to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program. A prerequisite represents a set of skills or a body of knowledge that you must possess prior to enrollment and without which you are highly unlikely to succeed in the course or program. You will not be permitted to enroll in such courses and programs without the appropriate prerequisite.  You must complete a prerequisite course with a satisfactory grade (A, B, C, CR).


Co-requisite means a condition of enrollment consisting of a course that you must take concurrently to enroll in another course. A co-requisite represents a set of skills or a body of knowledge that you must acquire through concurrent enrollment in another course and without which you are highly unlikely to succeed.

Recommended Preparation

Recommended Preparation (Advisory) means a condition of enrollment that the college advises, but does not require, you to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or educational program. Recommended preparation represents a set of skills or a body of knowledge that enables you to achieve a greater depth or breadth of knowledge of course material but without which you are still likely to succeed in a course or program.



For information on the Prerequisite Clearance Process select the college you plan to attend:

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Petition for Prerequisite/Co-requisite Challenge

If you desire to challenge the prerequisite or co-requisite, you must file a Petition for Prerequisite/Co-requisite Challenge form with a written statement to the Admissions and Records Office. Once submitted, the college will enroll you in the course provided that space is available. You will be enrolled in the course while the petition is being reviewed.

Grounds for challenge shall include the following:

  1. You have acquired through work or life experiences the skills and knowledge that is presupposed in terms of the course or program for which it is established;
  2. You have not yet been allowed to enroll because of a limitation on enrollment established for a course that involves intercollegiate competition or public performance, or one or more of the courses for which enrollment has been limited to a cohort of students and would be delayed by a semester or more in attaining the degree or certificate specified in your Student Educational Plan;
  3. You demonstrate that you do not pose a threat to yourself or others in a course which has a prerequisite established to protect health and safety;
  4. The prerequisite is not necessary and appropriate for success in the course and has not been established in accordance with the District’s process for establishing prerequisites and co-requisites;
  5. The prerequisite or co-requisite is either unlawfully discriminatory or is being applied in an unlawfully discriminatory manner; or
  6. You will be subject to undue delay in attaining the goal in your educational plan because the college has not made the prerequisite or co-requisite course reasonably available.

The appropriate staff will resolve a challenge within five (5) working days. If the challenge is upheld, you will remain officially enrolled in the course. If the challenge is not upheld, the Department Chair will notify you  that you have been dropped from the course. You shall bear the initial burden of showing that grounds exist for the challenge.  Simply claiming that you have the necessary skills is inadequate for showing that grounds exist.

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