Many courses offered by the College require the completion of prerequisite courses taken at Porterville College or their equivalent at another accredited institution. Students are advised to consult the course descriptions found in the current College Catalog or semester schedule for the identification of the prerequisites for a course.
Prerequisites are approved through the Porterville College Curriculum Committee. They may be revised or adjusted during the school year. For specific information, contact the office of the Vice President of Learning.
If you should see the words prerequisite, co-requisite or recommendation in the catalog, it is important for you to understand the definition of these terms.
Prerequisite means a condition of enrollment which a student is required to meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program.
Co-requisite means a condition of enrollment consisting of a course which a student is required to simultaneously take in order to enroll in another course.
Recommendation means a condition of enrollment which a student is advised, but not required, to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or educational program.
Procedures for Prerequisite Challenge
Students may petition to challenge prerequisites based upon the following criteria:
- The prerequisite has not been made reasonably available.
- The prerequisite was established in violation of regulation or in violation of the district-approved processes (student documentation required).
- The prerequisite was discriminatory or applied in a discriminatory manner (student documentation required).
- The prerequisite has been met based upon the student’s knowledge or ability to succeed in the course despite not meeting the prerequisite (student documentation required).
Location of Prerequisite Challenge Petitions
Prerequisite Challenge Petitions are available in the Counseling Office, AC-126; or Learning Center, LMC-13. Students wishing to challenge the English or math placement prerequisites should contact the respective division chair.
Recommended Skill Levels
For most courses listed in the catalog, recommended basic skill levels have been assigned in reading and writing and, where applicable, in mathematics. Students are advised that they should have at least these skill levels for academic success. Specific course skill levels are available in the Counseling Office, AC-126; or Office of Learning, AC-101.