An advisory is something that is recommended, although not required, for a particular
course. For example, a particular course may be listed in the catalog with an advisory
that recommends taking another course first. (See also Corequisite and Prerequisite.)
Assessment is the process of determining a student's level of knowledge and skills
in a particular subject, so the student can be placed in the right course to pursue
Here at De Anza, this most often refers to assessment in English and math. De Anza
no longer uses placement tests; instead, most students can be assessed on the basis
of their U.S. high school transcripts or through Guided Self-Placement. Assessment
is sometimes referred as “placement”. Visit our Assessment Center to learn more.
These academic degrees include Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS)
degrees in a variety of subjects. Both generally require a minimum of 90 quarter units,
including specific courses required for a particular major, general education and
in many cases electives. It usually takes at least two years of full-time study to
meet these requirements. (See also "Associate Degree for Transfer")
Career Training programs prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, in-demand
careers – including Administration of Justice, Business and Accounting, Child Development,
Design and Manufacturing Technologies, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Phlebotomy and
These programs are designed for students who want to enter the workforce immediately,
start a new career or upgrade their job skills. Many programs include hands-on learning
and can help prepare students who want to transfer into four-year degree programs
The Certificate of Achievement and Certificate of Achievement-Advanced are issued
to students who have completed specialized programs in a variety of fields. These
programs vary in length but often require less than two years of full-time study to
A Certificate of Achievement usually requires 18-26 academic credits, while a Certificate
of Achievement-Advanced usually requires 27-45 credits. Students should consult the
catalog, a counselor or their academic department when planning what courses to take.
A community college offers lower-division college courses and awards certificates
and associate degrees. It's considered a "two-year" school although students may take
longer to complete their programs.
A corequisite is a requirement that must be completed at the same time that you are
taking a particular course. For example, a particular course might have a corequisite
course that you must complete in the same quarter. (See also Advisory and Prerequisite.)
The Course Registration Number or CRN is the identifying number for a particular section
of a course. (The college may offer multiple sections of the same course in each quarter,
with different times or instructors.) You can find the CRN for each section in the
schedule of classes, and use it when you register.
Dual enrollment allows high school students to take college credit courses while they
are still attending high school, with permission from a parent or guardian and an
appropriate school administrator.
A prerequisite is a requirement that you must meet before you can take a particular
course. For example, you might be required to take one or more courses, in a certain
order, before you can enroll in a more advanced course. Once you have met the requirement,
the prerequisite is considered to be "cleared." See also Advisory and Corequisite.
Probation is an academic status that indicates a student has done unsatisfactory work
and needs to improve. Probation can lead to dismissal or loss of financial aid. Two
types of probation – academic and progress – are described on the Probation webpage.
An academic quarter is usually 12 weeks. De Anza and other colleges observe a calendar
that includes fall, winter and spring quarter, plus a summer session. Other colleges
and universities use a calendar of two semesters, plus summer, per year.
The college schedule of classes is a list of all courses offered in a quarter, with
their dates, times and locations. Your individual schedule consists of the courses
in which you have registered for a quarter or summer session.
"Transfer" is often used as a short way of referring to the process of transferring
from a community college to a university. This usually involves applying and being
accepted for admission by the university AND completing courses at the community college
that will be accepted for credit toward a four-year degree granted by the university.
Withdrawal is the official term for dropping a course. If you want to stop attending,
it's your responsiblity to complete the formal withdrawal process, by logging into
MyPortal and following the online procedure to drop a class.
For a standard, 12-week class, you can drop during the first two weeks of the quarter
and have no grade recorded. However, if you drop after that, you may still receive
a W, I or other undesirable grade. A W grade doesn't affect your GPA, but it will
apply toward the number of times you can take a class, which is generally limited
to three attempts.