Student Information on Prerequisites

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Automated Prerequisite Checking

Schedule Builder checks to see if students have completed the required prerequisites for all undergraduate courses.

This automated function prevents registration in a class unless the system finds an adequate prerequisite course has been taken or an instructor-approved petition is on file. It is important to do some research before Pass One registration time arrives. Preliminary work will prevent delays during registration pass times.

Instructors have the right to ask student to drop a class if the student has not completed the appropriate prerequisites. At the request of the instructor, the Office of the University Registrar will drop a student who has not completed the appropriate prerequisites. Refer to the General Catalog to determine course prerequisites.

Prerequisite Petition

If the system does not recognize that a prerequisite is satisfied, submit a prerequisite petition through Schedule Builder. Otherwise, you will not be able to enroll in the course.

If you are currently enrolled in a class that has a prerequisite for a class you would like to enroll in for the next term, a petition is not needed. If you later fail to meet the prerequisites, you can submit a prerequisite petition.

If you think you have completed all of the prerequisites, you can provide an explanation on the petition along with supporting documentation and submit it for evaluation during your pass time. After submission, if you have no other enrollment restrictions, you can then register for the course. The instructor will decide if you provided sufficient evidence to satisfy the prerequisite. If the instructor requires additional information, he/she can email you. Once the instructor has made a decision on your petition, an email notification is sent to you. Any questions or concerns in regards to the status of your prerequisite petition should be directed to your instructor.

Pending Petition

Your petition has a pending status until a final decision is made by your instructor.

During the fall, winter, and spring quarters, petitions will be reviewed after Pass Two. During summer sessions, petitions are reviewed after registration appointments.

Though a petition will allow you to enroll in the course, there still is the possibility of being dropped from the course if the instructor decides you have not met the prerequisite and denies your petition.

If your petition is still pending past the 20-day drop deadline, contact your professor for any questions or concerns. 

Approved Petition

If your petition is approved and you are registered for the course, no further action is necessary.

For wait-listed students, an approved petition makes you eligible to take the course, but you still need to be moved off the wait list into the class in order to be registered.

Denied Petition

If your petition is denied, you will be dropped from the course/wait list. After a Prerequisite Petition has been denied, any requests to add this course need to be approved by the instructor via Permission to Add (PTA) number.