Course Prerequisite FAQ
A prerequisite is a course that must be completed with a “C” grade or better prior to enrollment in a specific course. Prerequisites are established by departments to ensure a student’s preparation and likely success in the course.
How do students meet prerequisites?
Prerequisites can be met with successful completion of an equivalent college level course, assessment test scores, a specific skill or a body of knowledge that the student possesses.
How can I make sure I get enrolled in the classes I need?
Plan ahead, know if and what prerequisites are required for your desired classes, and have a means of proving that you’ve met the prerequisites. This will save you time as you enroll. Complete the requisite clearance request and attach your proof. Submit documents to Admissions & Records.
Where do I find a list of prerequisites (if any) for my desired classes?
Prerequisites are listed in the schedule of classes and the college catalogue directly under the class title.
What if a prerequisite class is required for the class I want to take, but I didn’t completetheprerequisite at Cerritos College?
If a prerequisite is needed but you did not complete it at Cerritos College choose one of the following appropriate options:
- Take appropriate assessment tests at Cerritos College.
- Print out, copmlete and sign a Requisite Clearance Request Form and attach the appropriate documentation.
**Transcripts from colleges other than Cerritos that show completion of courses with a 'C' or better grade.
**Assessment test results with specific course recommendations from another college.
**If you believe your skills, experience, or knowledge meet a course prerequisite take the form and documentation such as a letter from your employer, or other records to the appropriate Division Dean's Office.
- Simply choose another course until the prerequisite can be met.
I don’t recall prerequisite checking for courses in the past. Is this a new procedure at the college?
Yes. Effective summer 2005, MyCerritos has strictly enforced completion of prerequisites. Previous to this, classroom instructors checked prerequisites on the first day the class met.
How will I know if a prerequisite has been approved?
Once your request with all documentation is turned into the Office of Admissions & Records, log into your "myCerritos" account to view your unofficial transcript. If your request is approved your transcript will note the prerequisite as cleared. If this is noted on your transcript, you will be able to enroll in the course. This may take up to 10 working days.
Why does the college enforce proof of prerequisites?
Over the past several years, the college (and other colleges and universities) have noted a trend in successful completion of courses: the students who take prerequisites do far better in the class than students who don’t take the prerequisite classes. The college provides prerequisite courses for student success. We want to make sure you succeed in your classes, and we provide a system that allows you to take classes in sequential order to ensure the most successful experience in each class.
What if I have questions about the prerequisites listed for the classes I want to take?
If you have questions about course prerequisites, please contact the Cerritos College Counseling Department at (562) 860-2451, ext. 2231 or stop by the “information desk” in the Administration Building.