Prerequisite Checking

Contact Information

Email is the preferred method of communication and will usually provide the fastest response. 

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


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 Automatically Checked for Prerequisites

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.


 Subject  Course Number


 &211, &212, &213, &231, &232, &260


 all classes 




 80, 90, 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
  3. appropriate AP test scores or IB test scores

High school classes are not used to satisfy prerequisites.


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.)