Office of Registration & Records
Checking Course Prerequisites
What is a prerequisite ? A prerequisite is something that must be completed or a condition that must be met before you can register for a class.
What is an example of a prerequisite? Example: STAT 2120—You must have passed STAT 2110 or be currently registered for the course. Some courses might require the prior completion of another, lower level course while others might require you to be in a certain major or class standing. Not all courses have prerequisites.
Before I begin registering for classes, how do I learn whether there is a prerequisite for a course that I want to take? Browse the Course Catalog and review the course description prior to registering for classes.
How are prerequisites enforced? The registration system checks to see if a prerequisite exists for a course and will not let you register unless you have completed the prerequisite. You will receive the following error message: "You have not met the prerequisites for this course. See the department for assistance." Not all prerequisites, however, are coded in the registration system. Verify, using the Browse Catalog, that you have met all the prerequisites prior to enrolling in classes. If you get registered for a course without having met the prerequisite, the department or faculty member will ask you to drop the class.
If I am currently enrolled in the prerequisite for a course, can I register for the second course?
Yes. But if you drop or fail the first course, you will need to drop the second course.
Who can I talk with about course prerequisites? The academic department that offers the course can explain the course's prerequisite. The detailed information you can find for each course by using the web-based schedule of classes includes the department's address and telephone number. Click HERE to access the online schedule of classes.
Last Updated: 9.7.11