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Prerequisites and Corequisites

Students who have completed a course at another college/university that is equivalent to a prerequisite at OCC must submit a pre/co-requisite course equivalency form to the Enrollment Services Office. In order to avoid delays in your appointment time students must submit the form no later than 30 days prior to their registration date.  Students who wish to challenge a prerequisite based on previous experience or knowledge must visit the respective Division Office to obtain and complete a Challenge Form. 

Students may also clear Math and English in lieu of the taking the placement test if they have received a "Ready" status for CSU English and/or CSU Math and have submitted these results to the Assessment Center. Please be aware that Orange Coast College does not accept the "conditional" status or completion of the ERWC course. Please print the Math English Clearance Request Form.pdfMath English Clearance Request Form.pdf and submit the form to the Assessment Center on the first floor of Watson Hall.


Students may be cleared in the registration system for enforced Prerequisites and Co-Requisites in one of four ways:

  1. Successfully completing the pre/corequisite at Orange Coast College.
  2. Placing into the course via a California Community College placement test (if applicable).
  3. Successfully completing the equivalent pre/corequisite with a "C" or better at another regionally accredited college/university and submitting transcripts to verify successful completion. Students may submit unofficial transcripts for prerequisite and corequisite clearance only but must submit official transcripts if they wish to receive course credit/units. Students, who believe that they have completed the OCC course prerequisite/corequisite at another college, should submit a Prerequisite Form along with their transcripts to the Enrollment Center (1st Floor, Watson Hall) well in advance of their registration appointment.
  4. Submitting a Pre/Corequisite Challenge to the respective division office in accordance with the Matriculation guidelines established by the State. Orange Coast College enforces the following prerequisites/corequisites at the time of registration:

    BUS A139, PHIL A150, PSYCH A160, and all MATH, ENGLISH, and ESL courses

    All prerequisites and corequisites in the following divisions will be enforced:

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