What Are Pre-requisites and Co-requisites?

Pre-requisites are specific requirements (usually another course or courses) that you have to complete before you begin another course. Co-requisites are similar, except that they may be taken at the same time.

Check the pre-requisites of a course before registering. If you do not have the pre-requisite, you may be de-registered at a time when it may be too late to register for something else.

If you are using courses from another institution for your pre-requisite(s), you must submit an official transcript to VIU's Registration Centre as early as possible. If you do not provide evidence of meeting pre-requisites, you may be removed from the class. Due dates for pre-requisites depend on your program.

Mature students still must meet all course pre-requisites.

How to Check Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Every course description in the Calendar includes any pre- or co-requisites. You can access the Calendar here. Look for the words "Pre-requisite" or "Co-requisite" at the bottom of the course description.

Sample Course Description

Details and additional information about prerequisites and co-requisites are available here.
The link will open in a new window or tab and take you out of this site.

A spaceship launching

Ready, Set, Go - Launchpad to Success at VIU!

Help with registration, planning for your first semester, and what to expect as your first semester starts

Need more information?

Request Information

Want to talk to someone about specific questions?

Contact a Representative

Ready to join us at VIU?

Apply Online