Prerequisites


If you are not able to enroll in a course,  it could be because:

what is a prerequisite?
how to read the prerequisite listing

 

 

LOCKED sections

of courses are usually reserved for students in a particular program.  If you are not in that program, you will not be able to enroll in that section.  To find out if a section is locked, see Schedule of Courses.  You will see a padlock icon in front of the section number.  If an instuctor is listed for the section, you can try e-mailing that person.  If no instructor is listed, you must keep checking until an instructor is listed.  THEN then contact that person.

 

 

What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite is a course (or courses) which must be COMPLETED BEFORE you can enroll in a particular class or apply to a particular program.  The only way you can enroll in the course is if you have the prerequsite course(s) in your academic record.

Prerequisites for MSU courses are listed in the MSU Course Descriptions catalog. In the listing for a particular course, prerequisites are the fourth (4th) item down.  See How to read the prerequisite listing.

If you do not have the prerequisite course(s), you will not be able to enroll in the class.

 

 

How to read the prerequisites in the Course Description:

"Or" means that only one course of that set of courses must be completed BEFORE enrolling in the applicable course.  The word "or" means that the courses are equivalent.  For example,  "Prerequisite:BS 110 or LB 144 or BS 148H" means ONLY one of those course is required.

"And" means that ALL the set of courses muct be completed BEFORE enrolling in the applicable course.  Example: "Prerequisite:(ZOL 341) and completion of Tier I writing requirement."  Both ZOL 341 and a WRA course in the range of 110 - 150 must be completed BEFORE enrolling in the course.

"Tier I writing requirement" is a WRA course in the range of 110 - 150.

When you see a series of parentheses separated by "or" or "and", each set of parentheses encloses equivalent courses.  Only one of the courses inside that set of parentheses must be completed.  See notes above on "and" and "or."  Example: "Prerequisite: (CEM 141 or CEM 142 or CEM 151 or CEM 152 or CEM 181H or CEM 182H or LB 171 or LB 172) and (PHY 183 or PHY 183B or PHY 193H or PHY 231 or PHY 231B or PHY 231C or LB 271)."  You could take this course if you completed BOTH LB 171 and PHY 231.

"Concurrently" means you may have completed the course BEFORE enrolling in the applicable course OR you may be enrolled in BOTH courses the same semester.  Example: "Prerequisite: BS111 or concurrently."  You could complete BS 111 BEFORE the semester you want to take this course, or you could take BS 111 at the same time as this course.

 

Restrictions:

usually are placed on courses so that only students in a particular program may take the course.  Restrictions for MSU courses are listed in the MSU Course Descriptions catalog. In the listing for a particular course, restrictions are usually the fourth (4th) or fifth (5th) item down.

Some common restrictions are:

You must obtain permission from the instructor before entolling in the class.  Contact the applicable instructor directly via e-mail.