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Policies and Terminology

Prerequisite Policy

Prerequisites are strictly enforced. Students are responsible for taking prerequisites to courses in which they enroll. An instructor may drop students from any class if the student lacks a prerequisite or co-requisite. Students can find prerequisite to courses in the University of Houston Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs and prerequisites to the University of Houston Core courses in the Course Schedule.


Prerequisite: Course that must be completed prior to taking another course. These are listed in the catalog in the course description.

Example  TELS 3363 : Technical Communications
  Prerequisite : ENGL 1303 with grade of C or higher....

Please be aware that prerequisites are cumulative. If course A is a prerequisite to course B, and course C requires course B, then course C also requires course A.

Co-requisite: If a course is listed as a co-requisite, you must be enrolled in both classes at the same time. If you drop one class, you must drop the other class.

Example  ELET 2103 : Digital Systems Laboratory
  Co-requisite : ELET 2303

Concurrent Enrollment: Usually stated as, "credit for or concurrent enrollment in", which means you must have completed or be enrolled in course "A" to enroll in course "B".

Example  ITEC 3343 : Information Systems Analysis and Design
  Prerequisite : credit for or concurrent enrollment in ITEC 3347

Consent of Instructor: Some courses will state you must have prerequisite "A" or "consent of instructor" or "consent of department".It is your responsibility to contact the instructor or department to obtain consent on or before the first class day.

Example  HDCS 4303 : Merchandising Systems
  Prerequisite : HDCS 3303 or consent of instructor

Classification: Some courses require that you have "junior standing". This means you must have completed 60 hours prior to taking this class; "senior standing" requires 90 hours.

Example  ITEC 3347 : Principles of Information Management
  Prerequisite : ITEC 2338 Computer Information Systems major or minor, and junior standing...