Mission College Admissions & Records - Prerequisite, Corequisite & Advisory

Prerequisite, Corequisite & Advisory

New Students are advised to submit their official transcripts to the Admissions & Records Office:

Admissions & Records Office
3000 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1897

What is a PREREQUISITE?
A class or skill that is required before you can enroll into a preferred class(es).

What is a COREQUISITE?
A class that you must take at the same time you take a preferred class, as a condition of enrolling into the preferred class(es).

What is an ADVISORY?
A class or skill that is strongly recommended before you enroll into a preferred class(es).

What if my class requires a PREREQUISITE?

Students seeking to enroll in any class that requires a PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE must complete one of the following:

  • complete the PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE class at Mission College
  • complete a placement test (for Math, Reading, English and ESL only). 

  • challenge the PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE

How do I challenge a PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE?

STEP 1: 

Check this grid to see if your prerequisite or corequisite course is listed.

STEP 2: 

If your course is listed, submit your transcript to the Student Enrollment and Services Center.

 STEP 3:

If you did not find your course on the list, but believe you have the knowledge or ability to succeed in the class, complete the Prerequisite Challenge Form and submit the form with supporting documentation to the appropriate department chair or designee. For more information about the math enrollment process check here.

Students may submit Prerequisite Challenge Forms for consideration during the following periods for the Winter and Spring 2014 registration cycle: November 11, 2013 - December 13, 2013 and January 13 – 24, 2014

Students can submit their documents in one of the following ways:

1. Email the appropriate department chair or designee.  Be sure to include:

  • The Prerequisite Challenge Form
  • Supporting documentation
  • A copy of a photo ID (ie:  CA driver’s license, college ID or other government issued ID)

2. Meet with the appropriate department chair during designated office hours.  Be sure to bring:

  • The Prerequisite Challenge Form
  • Supporting documentation

Examples of appropriate documentation include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Transcripts demonstrating relevant coursework and grades along with related course descriptions from the catalog of the college or university attended.
  • BA/BS Degree or certificate from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Copies of test scores from colleges or universities along with related course descriptions from the catalog of the college or university attended.
  • Letter from an instructor verifying skills and knowledge requirements have been met.
  • Current resume with references
  • Industry license, certification or verification of qualifications by a supervisor.
  • A note of explanation.

STEP 4: If you believe the pre or corequisite class has:

  • Not been made reasonably available at Mission College, OR
  • A limitation on enrollment that is unlawfully discriminatory, OR
  • Limited enrollment to a special group of students, OR
  • A pre or corequisite that was established to protect the health and safety of students and despite that you do not pose a threat to yourself or other students, complete the Prerequisite Challenge Form and bring a note of explanation to the appropriate department chair or designee 

STEP 5: If your request is approved, take your signed and approved Prerequisite

Challenge Form to the Assessment Center in Room E1-101, or email your approved copy to john.spencer@wvm.edu.  You will then be able to register online for the approved class after 24hrs or on your assigned registration date.

Can I use in-progress courses to clear a PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE?

Unfortunately, at this time, in-progress courses from another institution CANNOT be used to clear a prerequisite or corequisite course.

 How long will it take for my PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE challenge to be reviewed?

Prerequisite Challenge Forms that are submitted via email will be reviewed within five business days.  Prerequisite Challenge Forms submitted during Department Chair or designee office hours are generally reviewed immediately.