Definitions of Common Prerequisites, Substitutions, and Suggested Courses

The State of Florida has identified Common Prerequisites for all university programs.  Contained within this Counseling Manual are the Common Prerequisites or their substitutions, which must be completed by all students going into that field of study and which must be accepted by all state universities and applied toward the degree.  Common Prerequisites must be approved by the Articulating Coordinating Committee.  A course or its substitute cannot be identified by a university or a community college as a prerequisite unless it is approved by the Articulation Coordinating Committee.  In cases where numerous course substitutes cannot be listed, a notation has been made to alert the reader. Counselors should check with the institution for course substitutes.  In all cases, the receiving institution must accept the common prerequisite or substitution in transfer.

When a note indicates an "equivalent" course will substitute for a common prerequisite, the eligible course will be determined by the Florida public community college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or Baccalaureate degree.

Institutions may approve as a substitution for a common prerequisite program (CCP) course a comparable course which contains an advanced treatment of the material required in the CCP course.  Determination that the course is more advanced will be made by the department offering the course at the receiving institution.

Upper division courses may substitute for common prerequisites and will be accepted in transfer.  The eligible upper division course substitution will be determined by the institution where the student is enrolled for his/her upper division coursework and should contain all the components of the lower level common prerequisite plus increased depth and breadth of the subject matter.

Florida Statute 1007.25 (9) states that,

"a student who received an associate in arts degree for successfully completing 60 semester credit hours may continue to earn additional credits at a community college. The university must provide credit toward the student's baccalaureate degree for an additional community college course if, according to the statewide course numbering, the community college course is a course listed in the university catalog as required for the degree or as prerequisite to a course required for the degree."

Note: Lower level institution-specific courses required for a degree, which can be accommodated in the junior and senior years without exceeding the specified number of credit hours for the degree, may be specified in university counseling manuals.  These courses, which may be taken in the freshman and sophomore years, are not to be considered common prerequisites, cannot be required for admission, need not be approved by the Articulation Coordinating Committee, and may vary from university to university.