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Course Requisite Checking FAQs

Are all requisites described in the catalog automatically enforced?
Not currently. Departments/Colleges must request that requisites be enforced by submitting a Requisite Checking Request form to Academic Support. Once a requisite is coded, it will be in effect for all future terms.
Are any requisites universally applied to all courses?
Yes. It is university policy that a student must have sophomore standing or above to enroll in upper division courses and junior standing or above to enroll in upper division GE capstone courses. However, the policy requirement that all GE courses numbered 300 or higher must have the entire Foundation curriculum as prerequisites is enforced only when specifically requested for individual courses.
Won't using Department/Instructor permission allow my class to be overenrolled?
The default settings for permissions will override Requisites Not Met and Consent Required, but won't override enrollment limits. Once a requirement is coded at the catalog level, an online permission must be issued at the section level for each student.
Are coded catalog requirements applied to individual class sections?
Yes. Once a requisite is built, it applies to all class sections in all semesters.
How do I know if requisites are being enforced for a course?
The CS-Link report, Course Catalog Requisite Report (LBSR0236) will show you all requisites coded for courses at the catalog level. Department and college Scheduling Coordinators and Chairs have access to this report.
Do all coded requisites match what’s in the catalog?
It is not feasible to code some catalog requisites i.e. "Prerequisite: Near native speaker oral skills" for a language course or "Prerequisite: one year of high school geometry" for a Mathematics course. Also, the timing for enforcement should be considered—see next two questions.
Shouldn’t my requisites always be enforced when certified?
Not always. For example, when you replace an existing prerequisite course with a different course, consider continuing students who may have already taken the existing course. The existing course should be retained and the new prerequisite phased in to allow continuing students to enroll. Also, when a newly added course is added as a prerequisite, the new course requirement should not be enforced until students have had a chance to take it.
Can a requirement that's not in the catalog be enforced?
Generally, no. However, departments may restrict enrollment to specific majors or a specific GPA. You may want to consider adding major restrictions to a popular course to give students whose program requires that course priority for enrollment.
What if a requisite requires both course work and Department/Instructor consent?
When a consent requirement is coded at the catalog level it overrides all requisites. If Department/Instructor consent is enforced, no other requisite is necessary. Supervision courses requiring Department or Instructor permission to enroll are automatically coded with a consent requirement. If consent is issued, the Post Enrollment Requirement Checking (PERC) process will not drop a student.
If the requisite includes coursework requiring a minimum grade, will students be kept from registering until grades are posted?
The system will assume a passing grade for students whose course work has not yet been graded and will allow them to enroll. The Post Enrollment Requirement Checking (PERC) process will subsequently drop students (except those permitted) who have not met course prerequisites, including minimum grade requirements.
When course requisites already coded are changed via curriculum certification, do I need to submit a new Requisite Checking Request?
Requisite changes made through the annual curriculum process will automatically be applied to existing requisite coding. However, if you don’t want the new coursework to be enforced immediately, you should submit that request on a Requisite Checking Request form.
How and when do I get a requisite coded?
Prior to registration for each term, departments can request that requisites be coded by submitting a Requisite Request form to Academic Support. The form is available on the Enrollment Services website at:
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