Prerequisite Checking

Contact Information

Biology Prerequisites

Room 2800 Front Desk
Phone: 206-546-4567

Fax: 206-546-5865


Chemistry Prerequisites

Room 2817
Phone: 206-546-4576
Fax: 206-546-5865


Engineering Prerequisites  

Room 2800 Front Desk

Phone: 206-546-4567

Fax: 206-546-5865


English Prerequisites

Room 5326 or 5327

Phone: 206-546-4742

Fax: 206-546-5869


Math, Physics, Economics, Philosophy Prerequisites

Room: 2800 Front Desk

Phone: 206-546-4567

Fax: 206-546-5865



Room: 808

Phone: 206-546-4605

What are Prerequisites?

Prerequisites are the courses you have to take, or the level of proficiency you must demonstrate, in order to be prepared to take a certain class.


Your Responsibility

You need to make sure you meet the prerequisites before registering for a class. This will ensure that you are prepared to succeed in the classes you chose. You can do this by checking the course descriptions in the quarterly class schedule and in the College Catalog. If you have questions, please contact the instructor of the class, the appropriate department or an advisor. You may also refer to our frequently asked questions.


Classes checked for prerequisites at the time of registration

For a limited number of courses, the college registration system automatically checks that you meet the prerequisites. If the database does not have a record that you meet the prerequisites, you will not be able to register for these classes.


If you were denied registration for a particular class but believe you meet the prerequisites follow these steps:

  1. Email the relevant department (info in box at right)
    • Attach an unofficial copy of your transcript or test score
    • Indicate in your message which class and which quarter you are interested in.
  2. After the department reviews your information/document and confirms your placement, you will receive a 5-digit "entry code". This usually takes 1-3 days.
  3. Return to the online registration system and use that number to complete the process to register for that class.


 Classes checked for prerequisites at the time of registration:

 Subject  Course Number


 &211, &212, &213, &231, &232, &260


 all classes 




 80, 90, 099 (new), 100, &101, &102 


 all classes 


 &142, 143






You can satisfy prerequisites for these courses with:

  1. classes already taken - at Shoreline or another college
  2. appropriate scores on the COMPASS test or Accuplacer test or TOEFL
  3. appropriate AP test scores or IB test scores
  4. High school classes are not used to satisfy prerequisites. (new) Shoreline public high school graduates may choose to place according to their high school courses and grades, but must first take the Compass placement test. Students, please bring a copy of your transcript when you attend Orientation or meet with an advisor.


ASSET Test: Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are eligible to fulfill prerequisites based on their performance on the ASSET Test. This is a paper and pencil test. Please contact the Testing Center if you want to be considered for this test. 



*Course numbers with an “&” are common course numbers that are consistent across all Washington State community colleges.(More explanation about common course numbering.)