Registration Guidelines and Definitions

Prerequisite Courses

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. Prerequisites 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.

Full-time & Part-time Status

  • Undergraduate students registered for 12 or more credits during a semester are classified as full-time.
  • Undergraduate students registered for less than 12 credits during a semester are classified as part-time.
  • Undergraduate students must be registered for at least 6 credits during a semester are considered half-time.

Additional designations are considered for financial aid purposes. Audited courses, continuing education units (CEU’s) and year-long courses are not included in the computation of study load for full-time or part-time status.

Study Load

Students may register for a maximum of 19 credits each semester. To register for additional credits, a signed agreement must be submitted at registration. Overload request must be verified by an advisor and the college director’s. To be eligible for overload, students must have a grade point average of 2.75 and be of sophomore standing. For study loads which include non-credit courses, the credit evaluation is based upon credit courses only.