May 20, 2024  
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Prerequisites, Corequisites and Program Requirements

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Prerequisites and corequisites are listed in course descriptions and are subject to change with each new catalog. It is the student’s responsibility to meet the prerequisite and/or corequisites in effect for the term in which a course is taken, regardless of the catalog under which the student entered or will graduate. Students will be stopped from enrolling or will be disenrolled if prerequisites or corequisites are not met.

Prerequisite: A prerequisite is a requirement that must be successfully completed before a student may enroll in a course. Prerequisites are based on the essential skills or competencies to be successful in the next level course. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a “CR” or “C” or better grade.

Most entry-level courses have prerequisites for reading, writing, or math. See “How to Meet a Course Prerequisite” below.

Corequisite: A corequisite is a course that is required to be taken in combination with another course. If a course with a corequisite is taken for audit, the corequisite must also be taken for audit. When a course that has a corequisite is dropped, the corequisite must also be dropped.

How to Meet a Course Prerequisite

There are five ways to meet a course prerequisite:

  1. Take the free Accuplacer placement exam at CNM (see Assessment Centers). Placement Exam Score Guide

  2. Submit official ACT, SAT, or TOEFL scores to any CNM Admissions Office.
  3. Take a placement or challenge exam for Biology, IT 1010 (IC3 or CLEP), Spanish or French.
  4. Enroll in the required prerequisite course and pass it with a grade of CR or C or higher.
  5. Complete the required prerequisite course at another institution with a grade of C or higher (official transcript must be on file at CNM Records Office).

Speak with an Academic Coach for further assistance with prerequisite and course placement.


a. Students with an associate degree may have the following prerequisites overridden: all developmental courses (numbered below 1000) and ENG 1101.

b. Students with a bachelor’s degree or higher may have the following prerequisites overridden: all developmental courses (numbered below 1000) ENG 1101IT 1010MATH 1210MATH 1310BIO 1410BIO 1492CHEM 1410CHEM 1492.

Students with an associate or bachelor’s degree do not receive credit for any of the overridden prerequisites. Students must take these courses, or have them transferred from another institution, if they are required for the student’s degree program.

Students who enroll in classes without completing the prerequisite (regardless of the circumstance) must accept complete responsibility for the outcome and their final grade.

Prerequisite Overrides

Please be advised that prerequisite overrides do not waive certificate or degree requirements.  If your program of study requires the overridden class(es), you still need to obtain credit for the overridden class(es).  This can be accomplished by any one of the following:

  1. Taking and successfully completing the course.
  2. Taking and passing a challenge exam for the course, if available.
  3. Passing an industry certification exam, if available.
  4. Transferring an equivalent course from another institution.
  5. Demonstrating your knowledge, skills and abilities related to the learning outcomes of the overridden class(es) through Prior Learning Assessment.

Program Requirements

CNM programs require students to be proficient in reading, writing and math or a combination of these basic skills before they can begin college courses in their program. Program requirements are listed with each program description and can be met through Accuplacer, CNM’s placement exam, SAT or ACT scores, PARCC level 4 or 5 (ELA/literacy at grade 11, Algebra II or Mathematics III), or by successfully completing appropriate level course work.

Basic Academic Skills

SAGE courses are designed to allow students to master basic academic skills as well as to apply known information to new and “real world” situations, to work effectively on teams, to integrate relevant technologies into their lives, and to communicate effectively. SAGE courses use collaborative and/or cooperative learning activities, lecture, computer-assisted instruction (as appropriate and/or available), individualized instruction, demonstrations, project-based activities, and hands-on activities. The changes in these areas are explained in the the documents linked below:

Reading & Writing Skills Requirements

Students who present a High School Transcript may bypass developmental education courses 1000 or below in English and Reading provided all three of the following conditions are met:

  1. High School GPA must be a 2.5 or greater.
  2. Student must have graduated with a Diploma.
  3. An official Transcript must be presented to Enrollment Services.

Math Skills Requirements

Biology Skills Requirements

The Biology Placement Exam is intended for students with significant prior experience in chemistry and biology. Passing the exam with a score of 64 will waive the prerequisites for BIO 2110 /BIO 2192 BIO 2210 /BIO 2292  and NUTR 2110 .

It will not waive the prerequisites for any other courses. It does not award credit for BIO 1410 /BIO 1492 BIO 1510 /BIO 1592  + BIO 1610 /BIO 1692 CHEM 1410 /CHEM 1492  or CHEM 1710 /CHEM 1792  and does not meet degree requirements for those classes.

*Transferring students should be aware that the CNM Biology Placement Exam will not be recognized by other institutions. A passing score on the Biology Placement Exam will not waive the Biology and Chemistry prerequisites at other institutions, and they will not award credit for BIO 1410 /BIO 1492 BIO 1510 /BIO 1592  + BIO 1610 /BIO 1692 CHEM 1410 /CHEM 1492  or CHEM 1710 /CHEM 1792 . Students will still need to take these courses if they are required by their degree program at another institution.