General Course Information
Catalog Course Description
The courses and programs presented on the next pages meet standards approved by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges as stated in the California Administrative Code, Title 5, Section 55002. All courses are taught by qualified instructors in accordance with a set of instructional objectives common to all students.
Appearance of a course description in this catalog does not obligate El Camino College to offer the course in any particular semester. For courses offered in a particular term, refer to the Schedule of Classes, that is published every fall, spring, and summer. The Schedule of Classes is available on the web at www.elcamino.edu/admissions/ and may also be obtained at the Bookstore for a nominal fee.
Courses listed in this catalog are one-semester courses. Those with an upper case letter after the number, such as ENGL 1A -ENGL 1B , are a sequence and are organized accordingly.
Lower case letters after the course number, such as MUSI 259abcd , indicate the number of semesters the student may enroll in the course. Course sequences with a numerical designation only indicate that the subject be taken in the order beginning with the lowest number. SPAN 1 , SPAN 2 , SPAN 3 , and SPAN 4 is an example.
Numbering on non-sequential courses does not necessarily indicate the order in which such courses must be taken. In all cases, the prerequisites and corequisites must be met before a student will be permitted to enroll.
Prerequisite, Corequisite, Recommended Preparation, Enrollment Limitation
Prerequisite: A Prerequisite is a condition of enrollment that a student is required to meet before enrolling in a course or educational program. A student who has not met the prerequisite would be highly unlikely to succeed in the course.
Corequisite: A Corequisite is a course that a student is required to take simultaneously to enroll in another course.
Recommended Preparation: Recommended Preparation is 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.
Enrollment Limitation: An Enrollment Limitation means that a student may be required to meet certain conditions before enrolling in a course. This may apply to such courses as intercollegiate competition courses, public performance courses or honors courses.
A course Prerequisite, Corequisite, Recommended Preparation or Enrollment Limitation is subject to change. Questions regarding the status of the conditions of enrollment for a particular course should be directed to the academic division responsible for the course.
Challenging a Prerequisite or Corequisite:
A student has the right to challenge a prerequisite or on the basis of any one, or combination of, these conditions:
- The prerequisite or corequisite has not been established in accordance with the College’s Prerequisite Policy.
- The prerequisite or corequisite is in violation of Title 5 (California Code of Regulations).
- The prerequisite or corequisite is unlawfully discriminatory or is applied in an unlawfully discriminatory manner.
- The student has the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course or program despite not meeting the prerequisite or corequisite.
- The prerequisite or corequisite course has not been made reasonably available.
- The student seeks to enroll in a course which involves intercollegiate competition or public performance and if denied admittance, he or she would be delayed by a semester or more in attaining his or her degree or certificate.
- The student seeks to enroll in a course which has a prerequisite established to protect health and safety, and the student demonstrates that he or she does not pose a threat to himself or herself or to others.
A student should contact either the Counseling Division or the appropriate academic division office to obtain procedures and forms for filing a challenge.
Course Credit Codes
A “Credit, degree applicable” course is a course which has been designated as appropriate to the associate degree in accordance with the requirements of Title 5, Section 55002.
A “Credit, not degree applicable” course is a college course for which credit is granted but is not applicable to the associate degree.
A “Noncredit course” meets particular needs of a student but carries no college credit.
The course transferability notation indicates if the course is transferable to the CSU and/or UC systems. For example, “Transfer CSU, UC” means a course is acceptable for admission eligibility purposes as a general education requirement or major requirement or for elective credit by the California State University and the University of California systems. If followed by an asterisk (UC*), there is a unit limitation on transferability. For details, see a counselor, the Transfer Center or the Articulation Officer. Students planning to transfer to a college or university should consult the transfer guide sheets available in Counseling Services, visit the Transfer Center, or view www.assist.org
El Camino College has arranged transferability of courses through articulation agreements with various private colleges and universities. For details, see a counselor, the Transfer Center or the Articulation Officer.