Overriding Prerequisites

A prerequisite is a requirement that must be met before you can enroll in certain courses.

How do I find Prerequisites?

Prerequisites are listed in the course descriptions in the catalog and/or in the current schedule.

How do I meet the Prerequisite requirement?

You can meet a prerequisite with previous college coursework or one of the following test scores.

1. Previous College Coursework:

  • Prior college-level credit earned from a regionally accredited university or college completed with a grade of "C-" or higher. STEM courses must have been taken in the last 10 years to be used.
  • Prove you have taken the required pre-requisite at another accredited institution by providing us with your transcript. 

Your UNOFFICIAL transcript should be:

Upload your transcript and include your name, student number (S#), and the course(s) you wish to register for. Your request may take up to 5 business days; please plan ahead.


You may meet with an Advisor at either the Lakewood or Arvada campus to discuss your academic plan and the prerequisites you will need. Bring a copy of your transcript(s).

In order to have your courses transferred into Red Rocks, you must send an official transcript to our Records Department

2. Test Scores - any of the following

Send any of the following along with your Student number (S#) to assessment.center@rrcc.edu:

  • Academic placement test scores (less than 5 years old)

Send any of the following along with your Student number (S#) to student.records@rrcc.edu:

  • Appropriate SAT/ACT scores (less than 5 years old)
  • High school transcript documenting chemistry courses, 2 semesters with grades of C or better
  • AP test scores
  • CLEP scores
  • DSST scores

In certain subject areas, a prerequisite override may be an option. Please see the appropriate campus academic department if you feel this applies to you.