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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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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

10 November 2014

Deferred Action

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in June 2012.  Under this program, individuals meeting specified requirements can apply to have a deportation action deferred for two years, subject to renewal for an additional two years.  Students under DACA are considered by DHS to be lawfully present in the United States during the period of deferred action

On June 5, 2014, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its Frequently Asked Questions regarding Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Of significance, the USCIS clarified that “individuals granted deferred action are not precluded by federal law from establishing domicile in the U.S.” (Frequently Asked Questions, #5.)   Based on this clarification, we have concluded that students who have been granted DACA status have taken appropriate steps to obtain a change of status from the applicable federal agency to a classification which does not preclude establishing domicile. (See, Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, § 54045(c).) Thus, for residency determinations made on or after June 5, 2014, if the student otherwise meets the requirements of California law related to physical presence and the intent to make California home for other than a temporary purpose, the student can be classified as resident for purposes of assessing tuition, awarding Board of Governors Fee Waivers, and determining eligibility for services that require California residency.

While DACA status is conferred for only two years, subject to renewal, as a general rule residency classification will not be impacted by the renewal requirement.  Once a student has been classified as a resident, colleges are not required to determine the student’s classification again unless the student has not been in attendance for more than one semester or quarter. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, 54010(a).)


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Directory Information

7 October 2014

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

Peralta Community College has designated the following items as directory information.  (This is information that can be given out to any requester, provided that a confidentiality restriction has not been placed on the individual’s record.) Students shall be notified of their rights with respect to student records, including the definition of directory information contained here, and that they may limit the information. 

• Student participation in officially recognized activities and sports including weight, height and high  school of graduation of athletic team members.
• Degrees and awards received by students, including honors, scholarship awards, athletic awards and other types of recognition.

For more information refer to Board Policy 5040






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Auditing & Pass/No Pass Policy

15 July 2011


Auditing of classes is not permitted. No person is allowed to attend a class unless enrolled in that class.

Pass/No Pass Policy

In designated courses, students may elect to take the course on a pass/no pass basis, rather than receive a letter grade. This decision must be made prior to the fourth week of instruction (30% for short-term courses). Upon successful completion of a pass/no pass course, the student earns the specified number of units and the record will show “P” (which indicates a “C” grade or better). If the student’s work is unsatisfactory, the record will show “NP” (which indicates a “D” grade or below). All units of “P” will be counted in satisfaction of community college curriculum requirements, but will not be used in computation of GPA.

To edit the enrollment to pass/no pass:
  1. 1. Go to and log in to your Student Homepage.
  2. Click the ‘Manage Classes’ tile.
  3.  From the left-hand menu, select ‘Update Classes’ and select a term.
  4. Select the class you want to update (only classes with the option to change the grading basis will be available in this section).
  5. In Step 1 of 2, choose from the Grading Basis drop-down menu, then click the ‘Accpet’ button.
  6. In Step 2 of 2 you will review the information before submitting the request to update the grading option. If everything looks correct, click the ‘Submit’ button and then click ‘Yes’ to confirm.
  7. You will receive a message confirming the class has been updated.

Pleasse see the PDF in here.

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  • Since 1964, the Peralta Community College District - comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College - has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 25,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.