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Description of Courses Explanation

Catalog: Description of Courses Explanation

Course Numbering System

Cosumnes River College adopted a new standardized course numbering system in 2003-2004 which is described below. The numbers are designed to provide students with general information regarding the focus and intent of courses.

Numbering  Designation
1 - 99 Courses numbered 1 through 99 are credit courses that are considered developmental or basic skills and are not acceptable for the associate degree or transfer credit.
100 - 299 Courses numbered 100 through 299 are college level, generally nontransfer courses applicable to the associate degree and/or upgrading career Technical Education for working professionals.
300 - 499 Courses numbered 300 through 499 are accepted for transfer by state colleges and universities and are intended to meet major, general education, breadth, or elective credit requirements.
1000 The 1000 number is used for non credit supervised tutoring.


It is the intent of Cosumnes River College to guide students into courses in which they will have the greatest possibility for academic success. Therefore, you will find courses which have prerequisites, corequisites or advisories in their description. The definitions for prerequisites, corequisites and advisories on recommended preparation are:

  1. A "Prerequisite" is a course that a student is required to have successfully completed (with a "C" or better) in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program.
  2. A "Corequisite" is a course that a student is required to simultaneously take in order to enroll in the course.
  3. An "Advisory or recommended preparation" means that the student is advised but not required to possess a pre/corequisite class or skill level to enroll in the course.

How to demonstrate that you have met the prerequisite:
To demonstrate that you have met the prerequisite, be prepared at the first class meeting to provide either an unofficial transcript showing the appropriate course work or a copy of the appropriate certificate of completion or license.

Some prerequisites include the phrase "or equivalent." This phrase is used to encourage students who have gained the prerequisite skills through other experiences to discuss proper course placement with a counselor.

Prerequisite Challenge Procedure For Students
If you feel that you can meet the requirements, or one of the conditions below exists, then you can challenge a prerequisite.

A Prerequisite Challenge Form can be obtained from the Counseling Office or any instructional area office. The form will explain procedures. Criteria for challenging a course are:

  1. You have knowledge or ability to succeed in the course without the prerequisite.
  2. The course which provides the prerequisite is not readily available.
  3. You believe that the prerequisite is discriminatory or being applied in that manner.
  4. You believe that the prerequisite was established in violation of regulations and/or the established district-approved policy and procedures.

Once you have completed the challenge procedure, your challenge will be reviewed by a Prerequisite Challenge Committee. You will be informed, in writing, of the committee's determination within five (5) instructional working days.