Prerequisite Checking

Class Prerequisites

For spring 2017 registration, Schedule Builder will check to see if students have completed the required prerequisites for College of Engineering and College of Biological Sciences courses.

For fall 2017 registration, Schedule Builder will check to see if students have completed the required prerequisites for all undergraduate courses.

While in the past some faculty were manually checking prerequisites, this fully automated tool will provide accurate and consistent prerequisite checking and verification.

The purpose of prerequisite checking is to assist instructors in their Academic Senate Regulation 527 responsibility by verifying students have taken specific prerequisite courses, or have submitted a petition for review. The system provides a tool for instructors to drop those students who do not meet the prerequisite check or do not have equivalent work documented in a petition.

Academic Senate Regulations 527. Course Prerequisites: (A) The instructor in charge of a course is responsible for determining that enrolled students have completed the prerequisite course(s) listed in the General Catalog. Students who have completed equivalent work may be admitted to the course at the instructor's discretion.

Academic Senate Committee on Elections, Rules and Jurisdiction (CERJ) recommendations on prerequisites.

Academic Senate prerequisite proposal procedures.

Important things to understand:

  • Instructor decision to check prerequisities: Davis Division Academic Senate regulations give authority for deciding whether to check prerequisites to each course instructor, thus each instructor will need to make the decision whether to check prerequisites for their course at the time of scheduling and have the Department Scheduler record the decision on the Student Information System (SIS) scheduling forms as appropriate.
  • Courses with "Staff" as instructor: Sometimes instructors are not identified until late in the scheduling cycle so as long as the instructor of the course is identified before registration begins each term, prerequisite checking can be adjusted. After Pass One registration begins, as indicated on the Registration Calendar for each term, no adjustments to prerequisite checking can be made. In the absence of an instructor of record the Dean or Department Chair will have to decide if prerequisites should be checked.

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