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FAQs about Prereqs

What is a “Prereq”? Prereq is short for prerequisite coursework, and refers to any course that you are required to successfully complete before you can take another course. Prereqs are used to assure that students have the appropriate background training before they enroll in a course. Instructors plan what they teach and how they teach based on the learning objectives of the prereqs. Because of this, prereqs are strictly enforced.

To have passed a prerequisite and move on to the subsequent course, students need to show a “C” grade or better. For some courses, a C- is still acceptable, but this is being phased out. The grade criteria used to satisfy the prereq requirement for HPHY 321 Human Anatomy I and HPHY 322 Human Physiology I are at the higher standard of C, rather than C-. These two courses serve as the entry point to the most challenging core of our major, which runs for a full year (29 credits). We believe the students who come in from the prereq courses with grades in the marginal C- range struggle, and often times have to repeat 321 or 322 or both, which increases the number of students in these packed courses, increase the cost of education for students who repeat them, and typically delays their time to graduation. We believe these students would perform better in this core of the major if they are caught at the prereq level and establish stronger study habits/seek assistance in the 200-level prereq courses before progressing to these 300-level courses. Effective in Spring 2015, the higher standard of C will be required for entry into all HPHY courses. A complete listing of current prereqs for all Human Physiology courses is available under Courses.

If you are a transfer student, the Undergraduate Advisor can help you determine whether a course you have taken at another institution may satisfy a prereq for a course.

FAQ: HPHY has many pre-requisites. How can I optimize my chances for success?

With the correct information and some organization and planning, it is not difficult to successfully complete all the requirements on time. Completing the chemistry sequence during the first year is one critical component. If you have questions, see the Peer Advisors or Undergraduate Advisor.

FAQ: What is the pre-requisite for BI 212?

BI 212 is a prereq for HPHY 321 and 322. In order to take BI 212, you will need to complete one term of general chemistry (equivalent of CHEM 111 or higher), followed by BI 211. Thus, while BI 211 is not an official prerequisite for these HPHY courses you must take this class in order to take BI 212.

FAQ: Can I enroll in a class if I haven’t passed the prereq?

The prereqs are used to assure that students have the appropriate background training before they enroll in a course. Instructors plan what they teach and how they teach based on the learning objectives of the prereqs. Because of this, prereqs are strictly enforced.