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Due to Covid-19, Athabasca University has temporarily changed some student processes. Please refer to the Covid Q&A page for any updates and current steps that may be different from our regular practices.

3.6.1 Prerequisites

Prerequisites ensure that you have the required background to successfully complete your course. Before you register, you should ensure that you have met all course prerequisite and corequisite requirements in accordance with the Prerequisite Declaration Form and the registration process. Professor Approval

If you feel a prerequisite should be waived for non-academic reasons (e.g., work experience), you must contact the course professor with the authority to waive the prerequisite before you register in the course. If you did not complete the prerequisite through AU, you must ensure that the Prerequisite Waiver Declaration Form has been completed. Next, submit this form and the Course Registration Form, to Enrolment Services, Office of the Registrar.

Students who register in a course that is a prerequisite to a second course, must obtain professor approval before their registration in the second course can be processed.

Before registering in Reading Courses, you must contact the course professor to obtain registration approval.

Some courses require professor approval and other course-related prerequisites. Failure to obtain these pre-registration requirements will result in your registration being delayed or refused. Junior-Level Course Requirements Superseded by a Senior-Level Course

When a junior-level course is a prerequisite to a senior-level course in the same subject and both courses are required in a student's program of study, the student may be exempt from completing the junior-level course upon the successful completion of the more advanced, senior-level course. In the case of an exception, the student must complete a replacement course at the same or higher level of an equal credit weight in the same area or discipline, in lieu of the prerequisite course.

Exemptions must receive approval by the Course Coordinator, and may be granted at the time of the transfer credit evaluation or upon written request to


Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Updated April 08 2021 by laurab

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