Course Grading, Numbering, and Requisites

Course Descriptions and Numbering

All courses are listed alphabetically. Not all courses listed in this catalog may be offered during the academic year. Unit of credit or semester unit is a measure of time and study devoted to a course. Hours for courses are listed as hours that the student will spend in class per week for the semester. Total hours spent in a class are listed for courses that are less than a semester in length. These hours may be lecture, laboratory, discussion, field study, studio, activity, or clinical.

Course Grading

The following course grading is found in the course description following the title of the course:

  • LG: Letter grade only
  • P/NP: Pass/No Pass grade only
  • LG-P/NP: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass grade

Course Numbers

1-99 BS/BA Level and Associate Degree: Courses numbered 1 through 99 are baccalaureate-level courses, carrying lower-division baccalaureate level credit at four-year colleges and universities. Not all courses numbered 1-99 are transferable to UC. Check the MPC Catalog description for transferability. “Baccalaureate applicable” courses in the 1 through 99 series meet the following criteria:

  • The course is parallel to one offered at a California State University or University of California campus and/or has been accepted as satisfying a general education requirement as indicated by the approved CSU-GE List (California State University General Education List) or the IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum).
  • The course has procedural rigor to meet the critical thinking and/or computational levels required for baccalaureate-level courses. Courses in this series are also associate degree-applicable.

100–299 Associate Degree Only: Courses numbered 100 through 299 are associate degree level courses. They are generally, but not exclusively, career technical in nature. Courses numbered 100–199 may transfer at the discretion of the receiving institution.

300–399 Credit, Non-Degree Applicable: Courses numbered 300 through 399 are intended as developmental courses in reading, writing, mathematics, English as a Second Language, and study and learning skills. They may not be used to fulfill any degree requirements.

400–499 Noncredit: Courses numbered 400 through 499 are courses for which no credit is awarded.

Course Requisites

The following definitions from Title 5, Section 55000 of the California Code of Regulations are used to describe conditions that should be considered before a student enrolls in a class.

Requisites are determined to be “necessary and appropriate” when a strong rational basis exists for concluding that a prerequisite or corequisite is reasonably needed to achieve the purpose that it purports to serve.

Advisory means a condition of enrollment that a student is advised, but not required, to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or educational program.

Prerequisite means a condition of enrollment that a student is required to meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Corequisite means a condition of enrollment consisting of a course that a student is required to simultaneously take in order to enroll in another course.

Enrollment Limitation means a condition of enrollment that a student is required to meet for admission into a program such as Work Experience or Dental Assisting.

Satisfactory grade means that, for the course in question, the student’s academic record has been annotated with the symbol A, B, C, or P.