A Public California College or University
This page describes how to obtain the approved course list for public institutions in California.
For course work from other schools or for AP exams, see Verifying Your Prerequisite Course Work.
What is an approved course list?
To determine what prerequisites you have and have not met, you need a document we provide called an approved course list, which matches each of our prerequisites with specific courses offered at your school that are approved to meet our prerequisites.
If more than one course is approved to fulfill a prerequisite, all options will be included on the approved course list. If a course is not listed on the approved course list, then it may not be used to meet prerequisites. We do not accept petitions for course substitutions.
What do I do with it when I have it?
When you complete the Supplemental Application, you must account for all prerequisites by listing approved courses (or approved Advanced Placement credit) that you have completed, in progress, or planned.
What if I don't account for all prerequisites?
If you don't account for all prerequisites with approved course work, your application might be canceled.
How do I get an approved course list?
Our approved course lists for all public colleges and universities in California may be viewed on the ASSIST web site, a course articulation site sponsored by the University of California:
- Visit ASSIST: UCSF School of Pharmacy.
- Follow the instructions provided on the site to view your approved course list, which is also known as an articulation agreement.
In the approved course list, the left column lists our academic prerequisites. The right column lists the corresponding approved courses at that institution. Example: Approved Course List for UC Berkeley for 2002-2003.
Common questions about approved course work
What if my course doesn't show up?
If a course is not on the list, it may not be used to fulfill prerequisites.
Can I petition for my course to be accepted?
We don't accept petitions for course substitutions.
Problem: My list doesn't seem current.
The ASSIST web site always shows the most recent list available. If the list you get is not the current academic year, don't worry since our prerequisites have not changed recently.
Changes occur to the approved course list only when the course offerings at your institution have changed.
Problem: My institution doesn't show up.
The ASSIST web site contains approved course lists for nearly all California community colleges, California State Universities, and University of California campuses. In rare circumstances, an approved course list might not be available for your institution. If this happens, contact us.
Problem: The course I took used to appear on the list, but it doesn't appear on the current list.
If you fulfilled one or more prerequisites using an older list, did you enroll in that course work before the new list was posted?
- If yes, that course work can still be applied toward the prerequisites.
- If no, the course work was not approved at the time you began it, so you have not fulfilled the requirement, and you must take the currently approved course.
If a course appears on a currently approved course list, the approval remains in effect for this year's entire admissions cycle.
We keep these lists as current as we can. However, if a list shows courses from your college or university which have been permanently withdrawn or canceled and will no longer be offered, please contact us so that we can update it.