What is a Catalog Year?
Your catalog year refers to the academic year you were first admitted into the college or university. Your catalog year is important because you follow the curriculum requirements that were in effect that academic year. For example, if you were admitted in Fall 2019, your catalog year is 2019-2020. This ensures that, if requirements for a program change in future years, your specific requirements will remain the same.
How does the Catalog Year in Effect work for transfer students?
No. The Common Prerequisites Manual is not intended as a comprehensive advising manual. For effective academic planning, you should refer to university catalogs and counseling manuals.
Some programs may have additional requirements for acceptance into that program such as Grade Point Average or grades on specified courses. You should consult university catalogs, counseling manuals, and advisors at the receiving institution to ensure accurate academic planning.
What is the difference between a program prerequisite and a course prerequisite?
Students who transfer from one public institution to another in the State University and Community College Systems within two (2) years of their enrollment and seek admission to the upper division come under the common prerequisite requirements of their entering catalog. For example, a student who enters a Florida community college in Fall 2019 and seeks admission to an upper division major for Fall 2021 must meet the major common prerequisites listed in the 2019-2020 Common Prerequisite Manual. However, if the student does not seek admission within two years of his or her enrollment, he or she will come under the manual dated two years prior to transfer. For example, if the student enters in Fall 2019, but does not transfer until Fall 2025, he or she must meet the requirements of the 2023-2024 Manual.
What are equivalent courses listed in the Common Prerequisites Manual?
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 has 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.