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Prerequisites & Course Level Expectations


Prerequisite courses are those that are required before being allowed to register for a course. Students are expected to meet prerequisites for all courses prior to registering. Pre-req's are listed in course descriptions in the course catalog and the schedule. Students confident of performing the course work may request instructor permission to enroll in the class. Instructors may withdraw students who enroll without either prerequisites or instructor permission. Prerequisites indicate the preparation and/or background necessary to undertake academic study. Students are expected to demonstrate learning skills commensurate with the appropriate course level. 

Course Level Expectations

  • Courses numbered 001-049 are career development courses offered for continuing education units (CEU) or non-credit and are not designed as preparation for 100-level college work.
  • Courses numbered 050-099 do not apply to degree requirements and are designed as basic developmental courses intended to help prepare students to enter 100-level college courses.
  • 100-level courses generally require learning basic concepts.
  • 200-, 300- and 400-level courses require increasing sophistication in the ability to extract, summarize, evaluate, and apply relevant class material.
  • 500-level courses are specifically designed for professional development.
  • 600-level courses demand rigorous analysis, synthesis, and research skills.
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