The official prerequisite policy is available for you to review. Also, for your convenience we have provided additional information here that you may find helpful.
- Prerequisite–a course(s) that must be satisfactorily completed before enrolling in another course.
- Concurrent–a prerequisite course that could be taken either concurrently with or completed before another course.
- Co-requisite–a course that must be taken concurrently with another course.
- All sections of the same course will carry the same prerequisite. Prerequisites should only be enforced where there is substantial evidence that a specific prerequisite course is essential for success in a given class. Departments should be selective and targeted in their decisions.
- Enforcing prerequisites for 100- or 200-level courses (with the exception of certain courses such as math or foreign language) should be greatly limited. Students will have real difficulty fulfilling bacc core requirements in a timely manner if many of these courses require the completion of course prerequisites. Also, students who are dually enrolled will be at a disadvantage because their partner school enrollments are not entered into their Banner records until after the next term begins.
- Departments are encouraged to review their decisions regarding OSU equivalents for transfer courses and make certain they are up-to-date and complete. Revisions and changes coded into Banner, by submission to the Office of Admission, will help reduce the number of students who are seeking exceptions and the amount of time all concerned have to spend dealing with special permissions. Keep in mind, most students have transfer credit as part of their academic history.
- Be prepared to handle exceptions and appeals from students in a rapid manner. Students register 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and often must compete for available space in classes. A delay of 2 or 3 days could mean the student loses his/her one window of opportunity to claim a seat in a class.
- Expect slightly lower enrollments in courses with enforced prerequisites. Drops in enrollment may be temporary for the first few terms of enforcement or they may indicate permanent patterns as well. Some students will shy away from elective courses that have enforced prerequisites.
What prerequisites will be checked during registration?
Only those courses—selected by the departments—with a specific subject prefix and number, such as MTH 111, that have been completed with a passing grade of D– or better prior to enrollment or concurrent with the course being registered for. Some colleges have higher minimum passing grade requirements.
How does course prerequisite checking work during registration?
Banner checks the student's academic record, including transfer credit, to see if the prerequisite course has been successfully completed with a passing grade. If the course was not successfully completed, the student will be told the prerequisite has not been met and he or she will not be allowed to register for that course. Prerequisite checking will occur for all students who wish to take the course, regardless of level, rank, or college.
Banner also counts as "satisfied" any prerequisite that the student is currently enrolled in. However, if the student fails to satisfactorily complete the currently enrolled prerequisite course after registration, he or she will be disenrolled from the next term's course (effective for winter 2012 registration).
What course prerequisites CAN Banner enforce
- Specific courses with subject and number, e.g. SOC 204, that are satisfactorily completed.
- Transfer equivalents to OSU courses articulated by the Office of Admissions.
- Standardized placement test scores that have been recorded in Banner.
What course prerequisites CANNOT be enforced by Banner?
- Generic courses, such as a "social science course"
- Courses not offered by OSU
- Transfer credit that has not been articulated to a specific OSU subject/number, such as LDT and UDT course numbers
- Older OSU courses (pre 1990) no longer contained in our Banner catalog
- Courses for which the student received a mark of N, W, I, F, U, AU, Y
- Undergraduate-level prereqs for graduate-level courses (The system does not search undergraduate transcripts of graduate students.)
Will we still have prerequisites that are not enforced?
Yes, departments may continue to list prereqs that are not enforced during registration. Such prereqs may be enforced at the instructor's or department's discretion after registration. Both types of prereqs will be listed in the General Catalog and online Schedule of Classes (SOC) and labeled as "PREREQS:"
How do transfer credits satisfy prerequisites?
Transfer credits are brought into a student's OSU record when the Office of Admissions articulates those credits to OSU equivalents as directed by departments. Where there are no direct equivalents, the transfer credit will not count toward prerequisite compliance during registration without an override exception being granted by the department.
How will we handle exceptions and appeals?
Some students who do not meet prerequisites may wish to appeal to the offering department for an exception. Departments will be able to grant exceptions by entering overrides into Banner. Overrides will then allow the student to continue with their registration. If desired, override permissions may be entered into Banner in advance to the start of registration, with an override code of PREQ.
Contact Larry Bulling at 7-9889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.