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Prerequisites and Corequisites

Prerequisites and corequisites are classes that need to be taken so you can enroll into another class.

A prerequisite is a class that must be taken before you can enroll into another class
A corequisite is a class that must be taken at the same time as another class.

You will not be able to enroll into a class that has a prerequisite or corequisite until you have cleared that prerequisite or corequisite requirement.

Clearing a Prerequisite or Corequisite

Completing the Requirement

You can clear either prerequisite or corequisite requirements by completing those classes with a C or better or by achieving a qualifying test score.

If you are currently enrolled into the prerequisite for a class, your prerequisite will clear automatically when you register.

Transferring the Requirement*

If you have taken the prerequisite at another school, you can use that class to clear your requirement at Sierra College by providing appropriate documentation:

  1. You must submit a Prerequisite Clearing Form to the Assessment Office.
  2. You must submit official or unofficial transcripts or test scores from the school where you completed the class.

In-progress coursework from another school cannot be used until your grade has been posted for the class. Processing time may take up to 3 to 5 business days, or more during peak periods.

Challenging the Requirement*

If you feel you already have the knowledge and skill required by the prerequisite or corequisite, you may challenge the class's requirements by petitioning the course's Division Office.

  • You must submit an Appeal Petition to the Division Dean and then to the Assessment Office.

* You are advised to meet with a counselor to discuss how to transfer or challenge prerequisite and corequisite requirements.

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