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Prerequisite Information

Many courses have enrollment conditions called prerequisites, corequisites or advisories on recommended preparation for the course. They are listed in the course description in the class schedule or catalog.  Be sure you've met the prerequisites for a course before enrolling.


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.

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 Math and designated English courses-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.

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.



If you plan to enroll in a MATH, STAT, ENGWR, ENGED OR  ENGCW class, you must plan ahead - especially if you're using coursework or AP test scores outside of Los Rios as a prerequisite clearance (this does not apply to ENGRD and ENGLT courses). You must clear the prerequisite BEFORE you add the class (if you don't, you will be blocked from enrollment).

You will be AUTOMATICALLY CLEARED to enroll in a MATH OR ENGLISH course if: 

  • You are currently enrolled in the appropriate prerequisite course at a Los Rios college (you must earn a C or better grade, or you will be automatically dropped from the higher level course before the new semester begins);
  • You have completed the appropriate prerequisite course at a Los Rios college with a grade of C or better;
  • You have taken a Los Rios assessment test and were placed into the MATH or ENGLISH course you want to add.

If you Completed the equivalent prerequisite course with a grade of C or better at a college or university that is on the Los Rios approved external equivalency English or math list (click on link below for list) then: 



  • Submit official transcripts (unless already on file with FLC A&R) along with MATH PREREQUISITE CLEARANCE FORM  or ENGLISH PREREQUISITE CLEARANCE FORM 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 your enrollment into the math course.  This process can take 3-5 business days, so plan early!

If you do not find your course on the Los Rios approved lists then:

  • If you believe you have the knowledge or ability to succeed in the MATH or ENGLISH course 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 or English department (see instructions above).  If approved, the department will set a milestone in the Los Rios enrollment system, clearing you to enroll in the MATH or ENGLISH course.  IMPORTANT: If you have completed a Prerequisite Challenge form for spring 2016 (or prior to that), you must REDO the prerequisite challenge process - either by clearance or challenge.

PLAN AHEAD! Avoid delays in your enrollment by planning early for English and math prerequisite clearance.

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