Prerequisites and Registration Errors

GVSU is committed to student retention and the successful completion of courses is crucial to this effort. Satisfying prerequisite requirements greatly enhances the likelihood of passing courses, particularly those in the upper division. Students who attempt to register for a course and fail to meet the prerequisites will see a PREREQUISITE NOT MET error message at the time of registration. The course will not be added to the student's schedule. In order to register, students should address all questions regarding prerequisites to the academic department. This list provides contact information for our academic departments.

Not sure how to tell if a course has a prerequisite? Watch this tutorial.

Click here for information on math placement and math prerequisite information.

Information about common registration errors can be found here.

Unsure of your date to register? Click here for directions on how to find your assigned registration date in myBanner.

Prerequisite Procedure to Remove a Student from a Course

If a student does not meet a prerequisite due to withdrawal or failure of a previous course, he or she must withdraw from the course requiring the prerequisite. It is the responsibility of the faculty/department to notify students accordingly.

The Deans' office will be provided reports of students who have failed the prerequisite checking process. They will notify the student within one day of receiving the report and request that the student drop the course or appeal to the department for approval to remain in the course. The student will have five days to respond by either dropping the course or appealing. If the student fails to respond, the Deans' office will instruct the Registrar to drop the student. Upon receipt of this notification, the Registrar will notify the student that the course has been dropped.

Click here for a list of Banner prerequisite helpful hints.