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Meeting Prerequisites


Many courses require you to have completed prerequisites or enroll in a corequisite when registering for a class.

Requisites are listed under each course description in the Catalog and the Schedule of Classes.

Important: The college has the authority to drop you from any course if you have not met the necessary prerequisites.


Prerequisite Previous background or course completions required for entry into another course.
Corequisite A course that may be completed prior to enrolling in a course or taken concurrently.
Advisory A recommended but not required course that will help you be successful in a class. Note: You DO NOT need to submit a prerequisite clearance for an advisory.

Ways to Clear a Prerequisite

Depending on your academic history, prerequisites can be met by different criteria other than successfully completing a course at Foothill College.

Clear a prerequisite or corequisite by providing any of the following:

Proof of coursework taken at another U.S. college or institution

SUBMIT an unofficial transcript with a grade of C or better using the online prerequisite clearance form.

All unofficial transcripts MUST have

  • The student's full name
  • School name
  • Course description from the school catalog at the time you took the class.

AP test score of 3 or higher

SUBMIT an unofficial AP scores of 3 or higher from College Board using the online prerequisite clearance form

Proof of coursework taken at a college outside the U.S.

We accept foreign coursework to clear prerequisites.

SUBMIT an unofficial transcript with a grade of C or better and a course evaluation from a credential evaluation agency. See for a list agencies you can use.


If you do not meet any of the above, a prerequisite clearance requires dean approval.

See division office contacts

Process Time

  • Once we have received your request, it will be processed in the order received. 
  • Please allow TWO working days from the time of submitting for it to be processed before attempting to register.
  • We will notifiy you by e-mail once your clearance petition has been processed.
  • If you have any questions regarding your prerequisite submission, please email

Submit Prerequisite Clearance

Complete the online clearance form.

Online Clearance Form
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