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Prerequisite Information

Many courses have enrollment conditions called prerequisites, corequisites or advisories on recommended preparation for the course. These faculty-approved conditions are considered necessary and appropriate to ensure that students are adequately prepared to succeed in the course. It is the intent of Folsom Lake College to guide students into courses in which they will have the greatest chance for academic success. It is your responsibility to show evidence that you have taken the pre- or co-requisite or have the required skills.

       EXCEPTION TO PREREQUISITE PROCESS - VIEW STEPS BELOW TO ENROLL
         IN STAT 300 - PREREQUISITE MUST BE CLEARED PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT!

Prerequisite – A course with a passing grade or test score that is REQUIRED by the student in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in the course. Example: In order to take ENGWR 301 (College Composition & Literature), you must have already completed ENGWR 300 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite – A course that a student is REQUIRED to take the same semester as the other course. Example: Students must enroll in PSYC 330 if they are enrolled in PSYC 335.

Advisory – A condition of enrollment when a student is advised, but not required, to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course. Example: ECON 304 has an advisory of MATH 120, indicating to the student that their math skills improve their chances of success in the economics class.

HOW TO MEET PREREQUISITES
Students enrolled in courses that have a prerequisite must provide verification to the instructor that they have met the prerequisite (this is done the first week of class with the exception of STAT 300-see below). Supporting evidence includes:

  • Transcript that verifies that you have earned a C or better grade in the prerequisite course.
  • Assessment test scores indicating placement in the desired course or higher.
  • Your printed class schedule provides verification of enrollment in a corequisite course.

CHALLENGE PROCESS
If you do not have the supporting evidence described above but believe that you should qualify to enroll in the course, then you may challenge a prerequisite. Challenges should be filed at least one week before the start of instruction. Prerequisite Challenge forms are available in the Admissions & Records office or download the form here. Criteria for challenging a course include:

  • You have knowledge or ability to succeed in the course with the prerequisite;
  • The course that provides the prerequisite is not readily available;
  • You believe that the prerequisite is discriminatory or being applied in that manner,
  • You believe that the prerequisite was established in violation of regulations and/or the established District-approved policy and procedures.

Once you have completed the challenge form, the form (along with any supporting documentation) should be directed to the instructional department where it will be reviewed by that department’s prerequisite challenge committee (locations are listed on form). You will be informed in writing of the committee’s determination within five working days of the review. If a student enrolls in a course and does not meet the prerequisite, the instructor must drop the student from the course.

EXCEPTION TO PREREQUISITE PROCESS - STAT 300 ENROLLMENT:

DON'T DELAY YOUR ENROLLMENT IN STAT 300!!!  PLAN AHEAD!

To enroll in STAT 300, the prerequisite must be cleared prior to enrollment (MATH 120 with grade of "C" or better; or placement through the assessment process).  Plan ahead and take care of this as early as possible to avoid delays in your enrollment.
Effective for Spring 2015, the prerequisite for ALL MATH courses must be cleared prior to enrollment, which begins in November 2014).

You are Automatically Cleared to enroll in STAT 300 if: 

  • You are currently enrolled in the appropriate prerequisite course at FLC or another Los Rios college (MATH 120);
  • You have completed the appropriate prerequisite course at FLC or another Los Rios college (MATH 120) with a C or better;
  • You have taken the FLC (or other Los Rios college) assessment test and been placed into STAT 300.

If you Completed the equivalent prerequisite course at a college/university on the Los Rios approved list (click on link below for approved list): 

     APPROVED LIST: STAT 300-ACCEPTABLE EXTERNAL COURSES

  • Offiicial transcripts along with a STAT 300 PREREQUISITE CLEARANCE FORM must be submitted to the Admissions & Records Office (external, in-progress coursework cannot be used.)
    If verified through an official transcript, the external course will be posted as Transfer Credit on your unofficial Los Rios transcript, which will clear enrollment in STAT 300.

If you did not find your course on the Los Rios approved list:

  • If you believe you have the knowledge or ability to succeed in STAT 300 through other college/university coursework (or other credentials), then you may challenge the prerequisite. 
    Complete the Prerequisite Challenge Application Form and submit with supporting documentation to the Math department (see instructions above).  If approved, the department will set a milestone in the Los Rios enrollment system, clearing you to enroll in STAT 300.

For more information on the STAT 300 prerequisite enforcement, contact Admissions & Records at (916) 608-6500 or Counseling at (916) 608-6510.