Questions that Porterville College students often ask...   and the answers.

Prerequisite and co-requisites

What is a "prerequisite"?

A "prerequisite" is a course or another condition of enrollment that is required to be completed prior to enrolling in a certain course.

Do I have to take the prerequisite before taking the class I want?


Can I challenge a prerequisite?

Yes; however, there are certain criteria that must be met in order to challenge a prerequisite. These criteria are listed in the college catalog that can be found on the website at

What is a "co-requisite"?

A "co-requisite" is a condition of enrollment that a student is required to simultaneously take in order to enroll in another course.

What is a "recommended prerequisite"?

This means a condition of enrollment which a student is advised, but not required, to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course.

If there is only a recommended prerequisite listed, do I have to take that, too?

No. However, since it has been recommended by the division you are strongly encouraged to complete it.

How to use this site:

For an example, if you have a question about "Registration", you would click on the "R" link at the top of the page, then you will find links on the left-hand side of the page covering topics beginning with the letter R.

However, in this case, when you click on "Registering" in the menu, you are prompted to check questions relating to "Enrolling."

Questions are listed in the main section of the web page, click on the triangle to expand the question to see the answer.