What is the definition of a prerequisite and a co-requisite?
CyberBear/Banner defines a prerequisite as a course or a test that must be successfully completed prior to registering for the listed course. A co-requisite is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course.
If I am currently taking a course that is a prerequisite for a course I am registering for next semester, will I receive a prerequisite registration error?
No. If the prerequisite course is currently in progress, it meets the prerequisite requirement.
What should I do if I get a prerequisite or co-requisite registration error during registration?
A. The first step is to carefully review the course description to make sure you understand what prerequisites and/or co-requisites are required for the course. The course description can be found in the UM Catalog and in Academic Planner.
B. Next you need to review your academic history to make sure you have the required passing grades and/or test scores for the prerequisites. You can find your academic history on CyberBear (Student Services->Student Records->Academic Transcript) or on the Profile page in Academic Planner. Test scores are also on the Profile page of Academic Planner.
C. If after reviewing the course description and your academic history, you feel you have met the prerequisite, you can submit a waiver request to the department or instructor responsible for the course for which you are registering. Use the Prerequisite/Co-requisite Waiver Request form and be sure to read and follow the instructions at the top of the form. A list of academic departments with location and contact information can be found on the Undergraduate Advising Center Website.
How can I tell if my Prerequisite/Co-requisite Waiver form has been processed?
If your waiver form has been processed, you can see it in CyberBear by clicking on the “Check Your Registration Status” menu option at the bottom of the Registration menu. Use the Student Services tab or the Student Services and Financial Aid menu option to access the Registration menu.
Can I use the Registration Override form to have the instructor override the prerequisite or co-requisite error?
If the registration error message references prerequisites or co-requisites, you must use the Prerequisite/Co-requisite Waiver Request form and submit it to the department or instructor responsible for the course. Prerequisite and Co-requisite Error Messages: CyberBear cannot determine that you have met the prerequisites for this course. Please confirm the prereqs - click here for instructions. Co-requisite xxx required. Please enter coreq. CRN or click here for further information. Please make sure to read the course description and confirm that you meet any prerequisite or co-requisite requirements. If you do not meet the requirements, you will need to make sure the instructor is aware of that when you submit the Registration Override form and provide the instructor with supporting documentation for his/her review and approval. After the Prerequisite/Co-requisite Waiver form is processed by the department, you will then need to complete the course registration process in CyberBear.
However, if you receive a registration error message referencing major, class, capacity, or C/I (Consent of Instructor), you must use the Registration Override form, submit it to the instructor for approval and then take it to the Registration counter in Griz Central for processing.
What if I don’t pass the prerequisite course I am currently taking?
At the end of the current term after grades are posted, the Registrar’s Office will run a report to identify any students who failed to pass a course that is a prerequisite for a course they are currently registered for in the next semester. A message will be sent to the student’s UMConnect account notifying them of the registration issue. The student will have 10 business days to adjust their registration for the next semester. If the student does not adjust their registration within 10 days, the Registrar’s Office will remove the course from the student’s registration and notify the student of the change in registration status.
Can I take a prerequisite course at the same time as the course that requires the prerequisite?
If the course description in the UM Catalog or in Academic Banner has the phrase “Prereq. or Coreq.”, it indicates that the course(s) that follow the phrase must be in progress or successfully completed prior to registering for the desired course (Prerequisite) or the course can be taken concurrently with the listed course (i.e. prerequisite with concurrency). This type of course description does not mean the courses must be taken together, rather that they can be taken together. If you do want to register for a prerequisite course at the same time as the course requiring the prerequisite, you must enter both CRNs at the same time on the CyberBear Add/Drop Classes registration page or you will received the prerequisite error message.
How do I register for a course that has a co-requisite?
Both CRN’s must entered at the same time on the CyberBear registration page. This is very similar to the process for registering for linked sections – you must enter both CRNs at the same time.
Can a course have both a prerequisite and a co-requisite?
Yes. The course description will typically contain the phrase “Prereq. of _____ and Coreq. of _____”.
What grade do I have to have to pass a prerequisite course?
If the course description or other language in the UM Catalog does not indicate a more restrictive grade, a C- is required for a course to be considered "successfully completed"
What if a course I’m taking has a co-requisite and I pass the main course but I don't pass the co-requisite course?
You will be required to take both courses over again or seek a waiver from the instructor.
What should I do if I am a transfer student and I took a prerequisite at my former institution but it is not showing on my transcript?
You will want to complete the Prerequisite/Co-requisite Waiver Request form. Use the course description from your former institution as the supporting documentation. Submit the completed form to the department or instructor responsible for the course for which you are registering.
Can the students tell if or when the Prerequisite/Co-requisite Waiver form has been processed?
The students can see their registration and registration status in CyberBear by clicking on the “Check Your Registration Status” menu option at the bottom of the Registration menu. Use the Student Services tab or the Student Services and Financial Aid menu option to access the Registration menu.
Who should I contact if I suspect there is a prerequisite problem in Banner or CyberBear?
Why would a student receive a prereq. error message when trying to register for courses that are typically taken at the same time? For example, PHSX 207N and 208N, or CHMY 223 and 224.
Some courses are typically taken together but per the course description don’t have to be taken together. In these cases, the course description will contain the phrase “Prereq. or coreq.” and the enforcement rule is entered in Banner as a “Prerequisite with Concurrency”. If the course descriptions indicate prereq. or coreq. and the student wants to register for both courses in the same semester, they must enter both CRNs at the same time on the CyberBear Add/Drop Classes registration page or they will receive the prereq. error message.