Prerequisite Guidelines Policy

South Puget Sound Community College adheres to a prerequisite policy to ensure consistency throughout our credit courses.

  1. When there is a single prerequisite, write it as:

Prerequisite: ENGL& 101.

  1. When there are multiple prerequisites for a course, language should be clear to determine which prerequisites meet the same requirement and which ones are separate.
  1. Multiple options list as:
    1. Prerequisite:  Either ENGL& 101 with a “C” or better or ENGL& 102.
  2. Multiple prerequisites, list as:
    1. Prerequisite:  Both ENGL& 101 and MATH& 107.
    2. Prerequisite:  Both ENGL& 101 with a “C” or better and MATH& 107 with a “C” or better.
  3. Multiple prerequisites, with multiple options for each prerequisite, list as:
    1. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 with a “C” or better or ENGL& 201; and MATH& 141 or MATH& 146.
  4. Corequisites list as:
    1. Prerequisite: Completion of MATH& 141 with a “C” or better or concurrent enrollment in MATH& 141.
  1. Instead of using “eligible for” language, indicate which completions or placements would qualify a student for a class, i.e., qualifying placement, including Guided Self Placement, placement exam, and transcript evaluation can be used to fulfil a prerequisite.
  1. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a “B-” or better in ENGL 095 or a “C” or better in ENGL 098 (instead of “eligible for ENGL 098 or ENGL& 101.”)
  1. If a specific grade is required, it should be listed as part of the prerequisite. Any time a grade is not listed as part of a prerequisite, it is assumed that any passing grade (D or better, including an S grade) would allow the student to enroll in the class.
  1. Prerequisite:  Either ENGL& 101 with “C” or better or ENGL& 102.
  2. In the above example, a “D” or “S” grade in ENGL& 102 would fulfill the prerequisite.
  1. Courses listed as “recommended” cannot be enforced as a prerequisite and should be listed as part of the course description.
    1. In course description: “…ENGL& 101 recommended.”
  2. During the registration period, if a student is currently enrolled in a course named as a prerequisite, they should be allowed to enroll in the desired course.
  3. “Instructor permission” is allowable as a prerequisite. All prerequisites can be overridden by instructor permission. When instructor permission is given to override a prerequisite, it is only waived for that specific class in that specific quarter.
  4. Each proposed course prerequisite must include rationale of necessity.