Syracuse University

Registrar

Undergraduate Course Requisite Enforcement for Undergraduate Courses

Graduate course requisites are only being enforced for College of Law graduate courses.

Course requisite enforcement excludes ESF students effective Spring 2013.

The Registrar’s Office is continuing with the project to implement course requisite (prerequisites and corequisites) enforcement for registration for all schools and colleges.   When implemented, the Student Records system will automatically prevent students from enrolling in a course if they have not fulfilled the course requisite.  Students must obtain departmental permission to register for a blocked class. 

This important project was initiated upon the recommendation of a Middle States accreditation review, led by the Associate Provost for Academic Programs and requests from schools and colleges, to ensure that undergraduate students have met course requisites to enable success in subsequent courses.  This new process will also improve the student experience during registration. 

The implementation schedule beginning with the registration periods listed is as follows:

Phase 1 (Fall 2011): School of Architecture, Department of Math, and Department of Psychology courses.

Phase 2 (Fall 2012 registration): School of Information Studies, School of Education, and Department of Chemistry courses.

Phase 3 (Spring 2013 registration): College of Arts and Sciences (except Department of Art & Music Histories, Department of Economics, and Department of Writing), College of Engineering, College of Law, College of Sport and Human Dynamics, and Department of Broadcast and Digital Journalism courses.

Phase 4 (Fall 2013 registration): College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Art & Music Histories, Department of Economics, and Department of Writing only), School of Management, School of Public Communications, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and University College.

Students will be notified of this project and its impact on registration in email communications prior to registration.

For this project, undergraduate course requisites will be enforced only for undergraduate courses* (including 500 level courses) that have a prerequisite or corequisite.  Requisites are determined for courses by the department owning the course, and submitted to the Office of the Registrar for official recording.  Requisites are assigned to courses where it has been determined that they are essential for success in a given class.  Requisites are attached to courses, so every class offered for the course will have the same requisite.



Questions and Answers

How does course requisite enforcement work in MySlice?
   When a matriculated student attempts to register for a class in an upcoming term, the system will review his/her official academic record to determine if the student meets the course requisite for the class.  If so, registration will be successful for that class.  If not, the system will block the student from registering for that class..

What types of requisites will be enforced on system?
   Course prerequisites and corequisites will be enforced.  The enrollment course that has a requisite is called the subsequent course.  A prerequisite is a requirement that a student must complete before the subsequent course begins.  A corequisite is a requirement that a student must complete concurrently with the subsequent course. 
   For example, subsequent course PSY 223 has a prerequisite of PSY 205 or 209.  This means that the student must have successfully completed either PSY 205 or PSY 209 before the start date of the class for PSY 223 in the upcoming term.
   In addition to a course requisite, other types of requisites include but are not limited to grade minimum, major, academic level, and AP exam score.

If the student does not meet the requisite, can he/she still enroll in the class?
   Maybe.  There may be instances in which requisite requirements might be met in a way that can’t be identified in the registration process.  For example, a student may have taken an Independent Study course that would meet the requirement.  In such cases, the student should contact the department offering the class to request permission to enroll.  If the department assigns permission for the student to enroll, the student can register for the class.

If the student is currently enrolled in a class for the prerequisite course, will he/she meet the prerequisite for the subsequent course in the upcoming term?
   Yes, providing the student passes the class for the prerequisite course.  The system considers the current enrollment in the prerequisite course as “in progress credit”.  In progress credit satisfies the prerequisite because the presumption is that the student will successfully complete the course before the start date of the upcoming term.  Enrollment is considered “conditional” until the upcoming term begins.

What if the student did/does not pass the prerequisite course?
   All course requisites require that the student must have received a passing grade of D or higher (or a P in a P/F course) to meet the requisite.  However, some course requisites also require a specific grade.  For example, subsequent course ARC 408 has a prerequisite of ARC 407 with a minimum grade of C. 
   If the student took the prerequisite course in a prior term but did not pass or attain the minimum required grade, he/she will not meet the requisite and will be blocked from enrolling in the class.
   If the student was able to enroll in a class for the subsequent course while the prerequisite course was in progress, continued enrollment in the subsequent course is conditional upon passing the prerequisite course and meeting any other prerequisite requirements.  Once final grades are recorded for prerequisite courses completed, eligibility for continued enrollment in the subsequent courses will be reviewed.

When will the final determination be made regarding continued enrollment in the subsequent course if a student has been conditionally enrolled in a course with a prerequisite?
   After grades are in for the target term, enrollment eligibility will be reviewed by the department.  If the student does not receive the required grade in the prerequisite course, the student can be dropped from the subsequent course for the upcoming term.

How will the student know that he/she was dropped from a subsequent course?
   The student will receive an email notification that he/she was dropped from the subsequent course.

Will the student have the opportunity to enroll for another class after he/she has been dropped from the subsequent course due to an insufficient grade?
   Yes.  Review of the subsequent course eligibility will occur prior to the schedule adjustment period for the upcoming term’s enrollment. This will allow the student ample time to choose a replacement class.

How will the student know if he/she does not meet the requisite when attempting to register?
   With prerequisites, the student will receive an error message indicating he/she does not meet the prerequisite, and the specific prerequisite will display in the error message.  With corequisites, the student must enroll in classes for both courses at the same time.  If he/she doesn’t, a message will display indicating that a corequisite is required for enrollment.

Can a student enroll on a wait list if he/she does not meet the requisite?
   No.  The system checks the student’s official academic record when enrolling on a class wait list for a subsequent course.  If the student does not meet the requisite, he/she will be blocked from enrolling on the wait list.


Will transfer and other credit be allowed to meet the course requisite?

   In general, yes.  However, the department offering the subsequent course may elect not to allow transfer and other credit, such as Advanced Placement Examinations, to meet the course requisite. 
   For transfer credit to satisfy the requisite, the Internal Equivalency noted on the student’s Transfer Credit Report must match the prerequisite course exactly.  If the student believes he/she has completed the requisite at another institution but the Internal Equivalency on their report does not match the requisite exactly, the student must contact their home college for assistance.  The student should do this prior to his/her registration appointment time.  The home college will then verify completion of course requisite at another institution by the student and notify the department offering the subsequent course.  The department will issue permission and notify the student that he/she can enroll.

Will equivalent courses be allowed to meet the course requisite?
   The system will only recognize those courses that the department has specifically identified by course subject and catalog number to meet the course requisite.  The department can make exceptions for which, if any, equivalent courses they will accept.  They must then assign permission for the student to enroll in the course. 

Where can a student see the requisite for a course prior to registration?

   Requisites are listed in MySlice Search for Classes on the Class Detail page for the scheduled class:

Search for Classes - Class Detail - screenshot


How does the system interpret the requisites?
   The system uses Boolean logic to interpret the requisites.  Boolean logic uses parentheses to group conditions.  The sample requisite shown above is interpreted as follows:

   Prereq: (MAT 275 or CIS 275) and MAT 397

   The parentheses indicate that the student must have taken MAT 275 or CIS 275, and that the student must also have taken MAT 397 to successfully enroll in the subsequent course MAT 412

Be careful how you interpret the requisites!!  Interpreting the sample requisite above as MAT 275 or (CIS 275 and MAT 397) has a completely different meaning than intended.

What can students do to ensure successful enrollment in a course that has a requisite?

  • View the class listing to identify any course requisites
  • For prerequisites, view his/her academic course history or transfer credit report in MySlice to verify that the requisite is met
  • For corequisites, be sure to enroll in both the subsequent course and the corequisite course at the same time
  • When the course requisite is not met but a student wishes to enroll in the class, he/she should contact the department offering the class to discuss enrollment.  This should be done before the student’s registration appointment begins. 

What can schools/colleges do to assist students once requisite enforcement is implemented?

  • Advisors and student records office staff should be aware of course requisites and their impact on enrollment so they can advise students accordingly:  understand what is required to meet the course requisite, know how a student can request permission to enroll, etc. 
  • Department class scheduling administrators should be prepared to assist students seeking permission to enroll in a class for which they do not meet the course requisite

What can faculty/departments expect once requisite enforcement is implemented?
   There may be an increase in requests to enroll in a class from students who do not meet the course requisite.

Who should be contacted if there are questions?

  • Questions about the project:  Karen Merrill, Office of the Registrar, kjmerril@syr.edu
  • Questions about registration:  Giovanna Albaroni, Office of the Registrar, gealbaro@syr.edu
  • Questions about a requisite for a course:  contact the department offering the course