Prerequisites and Corequisites

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Processing Time and Decision Information

Complete Prerequisite Challenge checklist:

  • Only complete Prerequisite Challenges will be processed
  • Form is complete, including all course information
    • Form A: Must attach transcript(s) or verify transcript(s) have been received by SBCC
      • Must attach or have official transcript(s) on file that provide proof of completion with prerequisite and/or corequisite course(s)
        • CLICK HERE to verify that your transcript(s)  have been received by SBCC Admissions & Records
    • Form B: Form has attached reasoning or supporting documents
      • If you do not attach a reason or supporting documents, your challenge will not be processed

Processing Time:

  • All Prerequisite Challenges will be processed in the order received
  • Once your Prerequisite Challenge Form is processed by the Transcript Evaluation Office you will receive an email notification regarding the status of your challenge via your SBCC pipeline email
  • Prerequisite Challenges will be addressed within 10 business days, (subject to change)*, excluding holidays and weekends

* PLEASE NOTE: Due to high volume of Prerequisite Challenges, clearance deadlines and timelines are subject to change to accommodate increasing demand

Challenge Form A:

  • All external prerequisite coursework must be completed before challenging course
  • Must submit OFFICIAL transcripts 
  • Transcripts on file with SBCC must provide proof of completion with ALL prerequisite and/or corequisite coursework
  • CLICK HERE to verify that your transcript(s) have been received by SBCC Admissions & Records

ALL EXTERNAL COURSEWORK (INCLUDING HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES) MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE CHALLENGING PREREQUISITE and/ or COREQUISITES, NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • Challenge Form B:
    • Only approved challenges will be cleared to register in desired class Challenge decisions are made at the discretion by the department chairs offering the course
    • The Transcript Evaluation Office will NOT accept Prerequisite Challenge Form B's in lieu of final or official transcripts

Decision Information:

  • ALL notifications and DECISIONS are emailed to students via their SBCC PIPELINE Email account
  • An approved petition does not guarantee space in any course
  • An add code from an instructor does not exempt you from the deadline or the Prerequisite Challenge process
  • External course work is only evaluated and applied toward Santa Barbara City College subject and/or unit credit and/or for satisfaction of prerequisites, not for transfer purposes. Other institutions are not obligated to accept SBCC subject or unit evaluations of external coursework

Important Notes:

  • All Prerequisite Challenge Forms are processed in the order they are received
  • Prerequisite Challenges will be addressed within 10 business days, subject to REVIEW DEADLINE; excluding holidays and weekends
  • Prerequisite clearance is NOT IMMEDIATE. Students are not permitted to enroll in courses requiring prerequisites or corequisites until their challenge has been approved. In order to ensure priority registration, it is essential to plan accordingly
  • The Transcript Evaluation Office encourages students to continually check their registration status
  • The Transcript Evaluation Office has the right to request further information from the student and has the right to deny any challenge based on the above information
  • The Transcript Evaluation Office has the right drop student from course(s) if they have not met the prerequisite and/or corequisite requirements

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