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Course Prerequisites and Assessment Levels

Most courses have assessment levels and/or prerequisites that you must meet prior to registration. You can view course descriptions, prerequisites and assessment levels in the College Catalog. Here is an example:

BIOL 222 - Principles of Genetics (4 semester hours)
Course Description: An introduction to the underlying principles, theories, technology, and vocabulary that constitute the discipline of genetics. Concentrating on the molecular aspect of classical and extended genetics, course topics include molecular organization of genetic information in viruses, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes; the molecular basis of phenotypic variation; and the molecular aspects of gene action, expression, and regulation. Collectively, this course provides a framework for understanding how genetics is used as a tool for investigation of issues related to human health, medicine, and in biotechnology. 
PREREQUISITES: A grade of C or better in BIOL 150, CHEM 131, MATH 117 or higher, or consent of department. Students may not receive credit for both BIOL 220 and BIOL 222. Three hours lecture, two hours of discussion/recitation each week. Formerly BI 222.
Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101/ENGL 011

Assessment levels are approved by the Office of Records and Registration.


If you have completed college-level math and/or English courses at another college/university or have a college degree, you may submit a transcript to verify having met the assessment levels and/or prerequisites.

  • If you are a degree-seeking student at Montgomery College, you must submit an official transcript to be evaluated by a transcript evaluator. The transcript evaluation process takes several weeks.

  • To facilitate course registration prior to submission of your official transcript, you may provide an unofficial transcript for verification. Please note: providing an unofficial transcript can facilitate registration but degree seeking students must submit an official transcript(s) for evaluation for transfer credit. Students have three ways to produce an unofficial transcript to verify assessment levels:

    • By Paper: Bring in an unofficial transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university to the Office of Records and Registration.   

    • By Fax:  Request an unofficial transcript be faxed directly from the previous college or university:

      Germantown Admissions and Records: Fax: 240-567-7815
      Rockville Admissions and Records: Fax: 240-567-5037
      Takoma Park/Silver Spring Admissions and Records: Fax: 240-567-1497

    • Unofficial Web Printed Transcript: You may use one of the computers in the Admissions and Records' lobby to log and print an unofficial WEB transcript from your previous college/university website. This must be done in front of an Admissions Representative who will sign and date the document. You may also print a web transcript in front of a Counselor or Advisor, who will sign and date the document before you drop off your transcript in Admissions and Records.

Non Degree-Seeking Students

If you are NOT seeking a degree at MC but need prerequisite courses posted for registration purposes,  you may present your unofficial transcript to the Department Chair of your course and request a prerequisite override. If you need to verify assessment levels, you can follow the directions above.

Course Prerequisites

Course prerequisites are approved by the academic departments.  

If there is a further course prerequisite requirement, take your signed and dated unofficial transcript to the appropriate academic department for consultation and override.