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Prerequisite Enforcement

The College of Marin enforces satisfactory completion of prerequisites at the time of registration.

Prerequisite as defined in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations:

Prerequisites are conditions of enrollment that students are required to meet prior to enrollment in particular courses or programs. The assignment of a prerequisite to a course signifies that the course, skills, or body of knowledge described in the course are essential to the success of the student in that course and that it is highly unlikely that a student who has not met the prerequisite will earn a satisfactory grade in the course (or at least one course in the program) for which the prerequisite has been established.

Prerequisites for Chemistry and Physics courses have a 5-year recency requirement. Students may challenge any 5-year prerequisite recency requirements by taking a test. Please contact the Physical Sciences department chairperson to begin the challenge process.

Methods for Satisfactorily Completing a Prerequisite

Satisfactorily completing the prerequisite course at College of Marin:

  • If you have earned a satisfactory grade (C or higher for letter graded courses or Pass/P/Credit/CR) in a prerequisite at College of Marin our computer system will check your academic history for satisfactory completion of the prerequisite, and will allow you to enroll in the course for which the prerequisite was established.

Currently enrolled in the prerequisite course at College of Marin and wishing to register for the course for which the prerequisite was established.

  • If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite course at College of Marin and final grades have not been processed, you will be allowed to register in the course for which the prerequisite was established.

NOTE: Once grades are processed, if you have not satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course you will be dropped.

Currently enrolled in the prerequisite course at another accredited college/university and wishing to register for the course for which the prerequisite was established.

  • If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite course at another accredited college/university and final grades have not been processed, you will not be allowed to register in the course for which the prerequisite was established until a final grade has been posted. Once you have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite and a grade has been posted, you may complete a Prerequisite Equivalency Form and submit it to either the Counseling Department or Office of Admissions and Records with an official or unofficial transcript and catalog course description.

NOTE: Attach a copy of your unofficial transcript for expedited processing. Forms submitted without a copy of the transcript may have a delay of 10 or more working days.

                                                                                  Download: Prerequisite Equivalency Form  

Placement test scores from College of Marin:

  • If you took the placement test at College of Marin and placed in the course for which the prerequisite was established, you will be allowed to enroll in that course.

Placement test scores from another accredited college/university:

  • If you took the placement test at another accredited college/university, you will need to submit a "Student Petition" form along with a copy of your placement test scores. You may download the Student Petition Form by clicking on this link: Student Petition Form

NOTE: Only English placement scores from other accredited colleges/universities will be accepted by the College of Marin. The Mathematics Department will only accept ACCUPLACER test raw scores and students will be placed according to College of Marin Mathematics Department standards.

Equivalency from another accredited college/university:

  • If you feel that you have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite at another accredited college/university you may complete a Prerequisite Equivalency Form and submit it to either the Counseling Department or Office of Admissions and Records with a transcript and catalog course description.

NOTE: Attach a copy of your unofficial transcript for expedited processing. Forms submitted without a copy of the transcript may have a delay of 10 or more working days.

                                                                            Download: Prerequisite Equivalency Form

AVOID DELAYS AND STRESS! SUBMIT FORMS EARLY

Summer 2014 Deadline for Priority Processing:

The Prerequisite Equivalency Form along with all supporting documentation, must be submitted for approval/denial to the Office of Admissions by Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Forms received by the deadline will receive priority processing in order for students to enroll prior to the first day of instruction for the summer session. Any forms received after the deadline may require longer processing times due to the increased volume of workload for all persons involved in the review process during the start of the session.

Fall 2014 Deadline for Priority Processing:

The Prerequisite Equivalency Form along with all supporting documentation, must be submitted for approval/denial to the Office of Admissions by Wednesday, August 13, 2014 for full-term courses, and 5 working days prior to the start of instruction for short-term classes. Forms received by the deadline will receive priority processing in order for students to enroll prior to the first day of instruction for the fall term. Any forms received after the deadline may require longer processing times due to the increased volume of workload for all persons involved in the review process during the start of the term.

NOTE: Prerequisite equivalencies are reviewed by the Academic Evaluator, Counseling Department and in some cases the Department Chairperson or Divisional Dean. You will be notified by your MyCOM Portal email account within a reasonable amount of time whether your equivalency has been approved or denied.

Prerequisite Challenge Process

Students have the right to challenge a prerequisite under the following conditions:

  • Knowledge or ability to succeed: You believe you can succeed in the course without meeting the prerequisite based on knowledge or ability outside the classroom.
  • Invalid prerequisite: You believe the prerequisite is not valid because it is not necessary for success in the course for which it is required. Understand the faculty of the department and the college’s Curriculum Committee has considered and approved the prerequisite.
  • Prerequisite course not available: You believe the prerequisite course was not made reasonably available.
  • Prerequisite is discriminatory: You believe the prerequisite is discriminatory or is applied in a discriminatory manner.
  • District process: You believe the prerequisite was not established in accordance with district’s process for establishing prerequisites

                                                                         Download:  Prerequisite Challenge Form

AVOID DELAYS AND STRESS! SUBMIT FORMS EARLY

Deadlines for Submitting a Prerequisite Challenge Form:

Summer 2014 Deadline for Priority Processing:

The Prerequisite Challenge Form along with all supporting documentation, must first be submitted to the department chairperson to have the challenge approved or denied.  If the challenge is approved, the student must then submit the Prerequisite Challenge form with signed approval from the department chairperson to the Office of Admissions and Records for processing.

The deadline to apply for the challenge for summer is Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Forms received by the deadline will receive priority processing in order for students to enroll prior to the first day of instruction for the summer session. Any forms received after the deadline may require longer processing times due to the increased volume of workload for all persons involved in the review process during the start of the session.

Fall 2014 Deadline for Priority Processing:

The Prerequisite Challenge Form along with all supporting documentation, must first be submitted to the department chairperson to have the challenge approved or denied.  If the challenge is approved, the student must then submit the Prerequisite Challenge form with signed approval from the department chairperson to the Office of Admissions and Records for processing.

The deadline to apply for the challenge for fall is Wednesday, June 11, 2014 for full-term courses, and 5 working days prior to the start of instruction for short-term classes.

Forms received by the deadline will receive priority processing in order for students to enroll prior to the first day of instruction for the fall term. Any forms received after the deadline may require longer processing times due to the increased volume of workload for all persons involved in the review process during the start of the term.

Exception to Prerequisite Enforcement during the Summer and Fall Registration Cycle:

An exception to Prerequisite Enforcement will allow students who are completing the prerequisite class in one discipline in Summer to enroll in the Fall course prior to completing the Summer course.  The form is necessary only when the prerequisite course is in another discipline.  (Example:  Math 101 is the prerequisite for CHEM 110 so the form is required.  A form is not required if the prerequisite course is MATH 101 which is the prerequisite for MATH 103.) The system can track courses in the same discipline.

Procedure:

  • Enroll in the prerequisite course in Summer.
  • Submit a Prerequisite Exception Request Form to the Office of Admissions and Records for enrollment in the Fall course.
  • An email confirmation of enrollment will be sent to you.

Example:  Enroll in MATH 101 for the Summer Term.  Complete the form requesting enrollment in CHEM 110 for the Fall Term and submit to the Office of Admissions and Records. 

If the Summer course is not satisfactorily completed, the Fall course will be dropped.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does establishing a prerequisite for a course mean that colleges must restrict the enrollment in the course to students who meet the prerequisite?
Yes, a course that has an established prerequisite signifies that a district has carefully reviewed course content and requirements, entrance and exit skills, and the knowledge necessary for the student to achieve a satisfactory grade in the course for which the prerequisite is obligatory. In the basis of the review, a determination has been made that a student without this prerequisite would not have a high expectation of success in the course. Moreover, the very definition of the term “prerequisite” makes clear that it is a condition of enrollment that a student is required to meet. Consequently, once a prerequisite has been established, it must be uniformly enforced.

Does an instructor have the authority to “waive” an established prerequisite?
No, once a prerequisite has been established, all students wishing to enroll in the course for which the prerequisite was established must satisfactorily complete the prerequisite.

Can I appeal if I do not want to enroll in the prerequisite?
No, there is no appeal. As stated above you may provide evidence that you have the equivalent of the prerequisite course offered at the College of Marin, or you may challenge the prerequisite under the conditions as stated above.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?
Email deborah.wiebers@marin.edu.

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