Overrides

An override gives students permission to enroll in a class under special circumstances by overriding major restrictions and enforced prerequisites or the need for department approval.

Prerequisites

If you are not able to enroll in a course, it could be because you have not met the prerequisite(s) for the course. Here are some troubleshooting questions to ask yourself:  

What do I do when I try to register and get a "prerequisite not met" error?

For most courses, you must email the course instructor. Let the instructor know the courses you have taken that you believe meet the listed prerequisites. Some instructors may require a copy of your transcript.

Once you have obtained the instructor's approval, forward the approval via email to Ecampus Student Services. Include your full name, OSU student identification number, the course name and the CRN.

How do I get an enforced prerequisite/restriction override?

Students may be asked to take a placement test as well as provide unofficial transcripts to a department wanting to verify the student’s completion and/or grade(s) of past course work related to the OSU classes in which they desire to enroll.

It is best to contact Ecampus about this an override, as the process can vary depending upon the term and courses involved. The usual method requires email approval from the course instructor. Instructor contact information is available in the section syllabus located in the Ecampus schedule of classes. Students must let the instructor know a) the courses they have taken that they believe fulfill the prerequisites, b) the grades received and c) the institution that issued these grades. Some instructors may require your transcripts. 

Once instructor approval is obtained, forward the approval email to Ecampus Student Services. You must include your full name, OSU student identification number, course name and CRN.

How might my courses transfer to OSU?

The OSU Transfer Course Search tool can help you determine you how courses from your current or previous institution might transfer to Oregon State to meet any prerequisites. Please note: This is not an official transcript evaluation, but it may help determine how your credits transfer to Oregon State. We also recommend that you check with your home institution to see how any OSU courses might transfer back to your school.

You can also check OSU's course transfer tables for each community college and university in Oregon.

What's the difference between an enforced prerequisite and those listed as other prerequisites?

Enforced prerequisites relate directly to a course and are enforced at the time of registration. Other prerequisites are enforced by the department and may relate to your student class level and/or major. Information about prerequisites is available in the Ecampus schedule of classes.

Courses that require you to work directly with the department

The Department of Integrative Biology requires students to submit a course petition form for prerequisite overrides for BI 311 – Genetics, BI 314 - Cell and Molecular Biology, BI 351 - Marine Ecology and BI 370 – Ecology.

The Department of Chemistry has an override request form for its online chemistry courses. Processing may take upwards of 3 - 5 business days. 

Students in the Ecampus post-baccalaureate computer science program should send their questions regarding prerequisites to Padma Akkaraju. Nondegree students taking computer science courses can find registration override information online.

Foreign language courses will require that you take the placement test; please contact Helen Wilhelm in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for more information.

Questions regarding math enforced prerequisites and overrides for Math 105 and above please email undergradinfo@math.oregonstate.edu.

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Keep checking the Ecampus schedule of classes, as there is a lot of change in enrollment, especially the week before classes start and the first week of the term.

Not all courses have a waiting list, but if you are placed on one you should monitor your ONID email account frequently. When an opening becomes available, you will receive an email directing you to return to your registration and enroll in the course within the designated 24-hour window. If you do not enroll in the course within 24 hours, you will be removed from the waiting list.

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