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Prerequisite Requirements


How to Find Course Prerequisites

Course prerequisites are listed in the course description of a course. You can click the Catalog link at the top of this page to look up a course description. You can also access the description from within self-service registration by clicking on the Course Reference Number (CRN) after performing a search for the class you wish to take.

Course Placement Testing for First Time College Students

Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) wants students to have the best possible chance to succeed in their classes. Students attending college for the first time are required to take a basic skill assessment prior to registering for any of the courses listed in the table below. The results of the assessment will provide an appropriate level of guidance when selecting courses. If you have not taken the Compass or ACT assessment please call the Student Service Center at the Texas Township Campus (269) 488-4100 or at the Arcadia Commons Campus (269) 373-7832. Students who have taken the ACT and had their scores sent to KVCC do not need to take the Compass assessment. KVCC will accept the higher scores for students who have taken both the Compass and the ACT assessment.

Prerequisite Enforcement During Registration

Courses that require either placement score or preparatory coursework may have prerequisites enforced at the time of registration. These prerequisites can be met by achieving the minimum required score on the Compass or ACT placement assessment, or by successfully completing the equivalent level of preparatory coursework.

Kalamazoo Valley enforces college level placement in most courses. The required minimum levels for entry into these classes are listed in the table below. If you have not met the minimum in one or more ACT/Compass score placement requirements for the college (see below), you must see a Counselor to develop a success plan and review your options.

Counselors are also available to recommend classes for any student needing help understanding specific course prerequisites listed in the course description.

Writing Reading Math
ACT scores 13 12 13
Compass Scores 25 53 Pre-Algebra 19

If our records do not show that you have met the prerequisite, you will receive an error message (“Preq and Test Score Error”) and will be unable to complete your registration. You should then select the appropriate preparatory course or complete placement testing if you have not done so. Students who think they have met the required prerequisite by another means or have a valid reason for the prerequisite to be waived, should contact the Counseling Center at the Texas Township Campus (269) 488-4123 or at the Arcadia Commons Campus (269) 373-7832 or by emailing counseling@kvcc.edu.

Waivers for Completion of Equivalent Prerequisite Courses

Any student attempting to enroll in a class that requires a specific prerequisite course may request a waiver of that requirement if an equivalent prerequisite course has been completed with a grade of 2.0/C or better. Submit a Prerequisite Waiver Request form to the Student Success Center for review by a counselor. If the equivalent course was completed at another college or university, you must attach your transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted).

Prerequisite Enforcement After Grades are Issued

Students currently attending a course that is a required prerequisite to another course are allowed to pre-enroll for the next level course. If you do not pass the prerequisite course with at least a 2.0 grade, you will automatically be dropped from the next level course requiring the prerequisite course before the semester begins . For example, if you are taking BIO 110 in the Fall semester, you may register to take BIO 210 during the following Winter semester. If at the end of the Fall semester you have not completed the prerequisite course or you have earned a grade lower than 2.0 in BIO 110, you will be dropped from the Winter BIO 210 course. If you have been dropped from a class due to prerequisite enforcement and have questions, contact the Counseling Office at (269) 488-4123 (TTC) or (269) 373-7834 (ACC) or by emailing counseling@kvcc.edu.

Financial aid students who are dropped from a class are strongly encouraged to consult with the Financial Aid office as the drop may affect your financial aid status. You can contact the Financial Aid Office at (269) 488-4340 or by emailing finaid@kvcc.edu.