Prerequisite Information for Psychology Courses

Based on research on student success in psychology courses and in order to increase the likelihood that our students are positioned to succeed in their psychology courses, the discipline of psychology began enforcing prerequisites for our classes Fall 2013.  Because computer blocking is not yet available for our use, you may have been inappropriately allowed to register for a class without having met the prerequisite(s). If you are enrolled in Psychology 100, Psychology 205 or Psychology 230 without having met the prerequisite you WILL be dropped the first week of classes. More information about the enforcement process immediately follows the chart of courses and prerequisites. Please be aware that this is a discipline policy and individual faculty may not grant exceptions.

The college approved prerequisites for our classes are:



Psychology 100: Introduction to Psychology Eligibility for ENG 100 (minimum grade of “C” in ENG 50, or eligibility determined by the placement process)
Psychology 205: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Minimum grade of “C” in either MATH 56 or 60 or 47 “Jump to Stat”, or eligibility determined by the placement process
Psychology 210: Physiological Psychology Minimum grade of “C” in PSYC 100
Psychology 225: Abnormal Psychology Minimum grade of “C” in PSYC 100
Psychology 230: Research Methods in Psychology Minimum grade of “C” in PSYC 100 AND PSYC/SOC 205 AND ENG 100

If the college has no record of you having met the requirement you will receive an email alerting you to this problem two weeks prior to the start of each term (at the email address you have checked as “preferred” on e-services or at your Palomar email address, it is your responsibility to check this email address). A psychology faculty member will ask you to bring proof of having met EACH prerequisite by the first day of classes. You may bring transcripts from other colleges (with printed catalog descriptions of other courses).

To demonstrate eligibility for English 100 you may supply to your professor:

1) results of your assessment test from Palomar College showing you placed into English 100

2) results of an assessment test at another college (within the last two years) demonstrating that you placed into the equivalent of English 100.

3) transcript from Palomar College showing you have passed English 50 with a C or better

4) transcript from another college showing you passed the equivalent of English 50 with a C or better

5) results of college board AP English scores of 3, 4, or 5

6) SAT English/Critical Reading score of 500 or above

7) ACT English/Critical Reading score of 22 or above

To make an appointment to take the assessment test, please contact the assessment office. Appointments fill quickly and testing for Spring 2014 begins November 4th

For information about challenging a prerequisite please refer to the college policy below and found at this link:

A prerequisite or corequisite challenge requires written documentation, explanation of alternative course work, background, abilities, or other evidence which has adequately prepared the student for the target course.

If space is available in the target course when a student files a challenge to the prerequisite or corequisite, the College shall reserve a seat for the student and resolve the formal, written challenge within five business days. If the challenge is upheld, or the College fails to resolve the challenge within the five business day period, the student shall be allowed to enroll in the course. If no space is available in the course when a challenge is filed,the challenge shall be resolved prior to the beginning of registration for the next term and, if the challenge is upheld, the student shall be permitted to enroll if space is available when the student registers for that subsequent term.

Questions? Contact Katie Townsend-Merino at


4 thoughts on “Prerequisite Information for Psychology Courses

  1. John kirkendall

    I’m trying to send my test scores from RCC but I’m not sure how to go about this the fastest and most efficient way. Before I’m dropped in my psych class.
    Thank you
    John Kirkendall

  2. Katie Townsend-Merino Post author

    Hi John–
    As noted in our communications to you (which I hope you have received at the email you have set at Palomar) you must email your professor a screenshot or photo of your test scores.
    Please email me at for any other inquiries.

  3. Wendy

    I wasn’t able to sign up for statistics because Palomar doesn’t have a record of me taking College Algebra, but I took it somewhere else. Do I have to bring my transcripts in to prove it, or can I scan the transcripts and email them? And, if so, do I send them to the professor or admissions?

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