PURPOSE: When a course has a prerequisite, it means that a student must possess a certain body of knowledge to be successful in the course. The preexisting knowledge may be a skill, an ability, a placement preparation score, or successful completion of a course.
Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites as stated in the class schedule and college catalog. See a counselor for assistance in determining eligibility for a specific class. Students who do not meet stated prerequisites may be unable to register for or may be dropped from the class. Thus the purpose of prerequisites, co-requisites and advisories is to enhance a student's chances of success in a desired course. Students have the right to challenge college prerequisites. They also have the responsibility to provide documentation to support their challenge. A prerequisite challenge 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 course. All classes with prerequisites at Chabot College are blocked to students if they did not complete the prerequisite here. Completion of a prerequisite course requires a grade of C or better or a grade of CR (credit).
To remove the prerequisite block, you must submit a Prerequisite Override Form or Prerequisite Challenge Form and obtain the necessary signatures on the form. The difference between a Prerequisite Override Form vs. a Prerequisite Challenge Form is that overrides are signed off by counselors based on specified articulation whereas Prerequisite Challenge Form is used in cases where current articulation is not available for counselors to make a determination that the prerequisite has been met so documentation then needs to go to the specific department to make the determination if the prerequisite has been met or not. Counseling division will help the student determine which form is best to use and can explain procedures.
The college's registration process allows for prerequisite checking by computer. Students attempting to enroll in the computer-checked courses will be blocked from registration if they do not meet the specified prerequisites. Prerequisites are listed in the course descriptions within the schedule of classes and the college catalog.
Assessment results from other colleges may not be used to meet prerequisites, so new students must arrange to take Chabot's assessment testing prior to registration. Students who have completed prerequisite courses at another college or AP exam in high school must bring a copy of their transcripts from that institution to the Counseling Department, and complete an Override or Prerequisite Challenge Form (see counseling for details . Please allow 48 hours for processing the Override Form. Students who are enrolled in the prerequisite course at Chabot College at the time of their registration will be permitted to enroll in the subsequent course. Students who do not pass the prerequisite course with at least a grade of C or do not complete the prerequisite course will be dropped prior to the start of classes.
PROCEDURE for PREREQUISITE OVERRIDES
(Requests submitted on December 17 may not be reviewed until January
If you have already sent official (sealed) transcripts to Admissions and Records you can request a prerequisite override by submitting the Prerequisite Override Form,
which can be accessed online at:
Your transcripts will be forwarded to a counselor who will review
your documentation, verify prerequisite course equivalency, and
notify you of approval or disapproval. Processing time can
take two instructional days or much longer during periods of high
demand (weeks 1 and 2 and during registration), so please plan ahead. If your request is approved, you
will be able to register for requested classes provided your registration date has arrived and seats still remain.
If you have not sent official transcripts to Admissions and Records:
- bring unofficial transcripts showing successful completion of equivalent prerequisite course work to the Counseling Appointment Desk on the second floor of Building 700.
- tell the counselor on duty that you need to override the prerequisite for the course you wish to take.
- fill out the top of the override form.
NOTE: If you are currently taking the prerequisite course, you will need to supply a letter from the instructor on college letterhead with the following information:
- The name and number of the course
- Your name
- The grade the instructor expects you to receive
- The instructors contact phone number
After dropping off your transcript, a counselor will review your
documentation and verify prerequisite course equivalency. You will be contacted
by the reviewing counselor when the evaluation process is complete.
If your request is approved, you should be able to enroll in the
desired class(es) provided your registration date has arrived and
seats still remain in the class. Processing time takes a minimum of
two instructional days but can take much longer once registration
begins, so please plan ahead.
PROCEDURE FOR PREREQUISITE CHALLENGE FORM
Reasons for challenging a prerequisite/co-requisite may include one or more of the following:
- A prerequisite is not made reasonably available to a student
- A student believes the prerequisite was established in violation of state regulation or in violation of the District approved prerequisite process;
- The student believes the prerequisite is discriminatory or being applied in a discriminatory manner. (Discrimination is defined as prerequisite 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.
The student must provide appropriate documentation when filing a challenge form. Documentation may include, but is not limited to, high school or college transcripts, additional test results, work experience, or writing sample. Prior enrollment in the course does not exempt a student from the current prerequisite of that course. You must meet the current prerequisite even if you were able to register for the course in previous semesters. Prerequisites do not have catalog rights.
TERMINOLOGY: COURSE PREREQUISITES, CO-REQUISITES, AND ADVISORIES
PREREQUISITE - A prerequisite is a course (or equivalent skills or prior experience) that a student must complete with a grade of "C" or better (or possess) before enrolling in a more advanced course. A prerequisite is a course needed before a student may register for a subsequent course.
CO-REQUISITE - A co-requisite is a course that must be taken prior to or at the same time the student is enrolling in the desired course.
ADVISORY (Strongly recommended) - 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.
SATISFACTORY GRADE: means that for a course in question, the student's academic record (transcript) has been annotated with the symbol of "A", "B", "C", or "CR".
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How are prerequisites/co-requisites established?
In accordance with Title 5 §55002, prerequisites/co-requisites can be established when the College's Curriculum Committee determines, based minimally on the content review of the course outline of record, that a student would be highly unlikely to receive a satisfactory grade without meeting the prerequisite/co-requisite.
Who needs to complete a pre-requisite/co-requisite?
In order to ensure the equity among students when enforcing prerequisites/co-requisites, Title 5 requires that when a prerequisite/co-requisite course has been appropriately established, all students who wish to enter a particular course must complete the established prerequisite/co-requisite.
How is a prerequisite/co-requisite met?
Students can meet a prerequisite/co-requisite by taking the specific prerequisite/co-requisite course (or an equivalent course at another college) and achieving a satisfactory grade. If the course has been taken at Chabot, the computerized registration system will automatically recognize the completion of the prerequisite/co-requisite and allow the student register for the appropriate course. If an equivalent course is taken at another college, then the student needs to bring in a copy of their transcript from the other college (with the equivalent course and satisfactory grade recorded) and meet with a counselor for assistance in completing the necessary prerequisite form (override or challenge)
Can a prerequisite/co-requisite be waived?
No. Once a prerequisite/co-requisite has been established through the Curriculum Committee, no faculty/staff member has the ability to waive a prerequisite/co-requisite.
What if I completed the coursework at another college to meet the prerequisite?
If you have coursework from another accredited college that is equivalent to the prerequisite/co-requisite course in question, you should bring a copy of your transcript from that other college (with the appropriate course and grade annotated) to the Chabot Counseling Center and request that a counselor assist you in completing the Prerequisite paperwork.
What are some good examples of appropriate documentation to support my challenge?
Examples of appropriate documentation could include: transcripts, course descriptions, work experience, documented skill development trainings or workshops, and/or test scores. Being a "good student," "knowing you can pass the class," and/or needing the class for graduation, athletic eligibility, or insurance purposes are not examples appropriate documentation.
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