PCC offers courses to support the students’ learning goals at several campuses and center locations in the college’s district. These are done through a variety of programs, such as Cooperative Education and Service Learning. In addition, PCC supports additional access points through courses taught by Distance Learning. Distance Learning includes, but is not limited to, Web courses, Telecourses, ITV (Interactive Television Classes), and Hybrid courses (traditional classroom with significant web component). Web, TV and ITV courses are identified as such and also listed in the Class Schedule (printed or online at

Credit courses that support PCC’s degrees and certificates are listed in the Course Description section of the catalog. We strongly urge students to meet with PCC advisors to make an academic plan. In selecting course offerings to support their educational goals, students should keep in mind the following:

Course Prerequisites

Most Lower Division Collegiate courses have a standard prerequisite

  • Reading: Successful completion (C or better) of RD 115, or equivalent test score, or successful completion (C or better) of WR 121Z, and
  • Writing: Successful completion (C or better) of WR 115, or placement into WR 121Z, and
  • Math: Successful completion (C or better) of MTH 20, or placement into MTH 60

In a standard prerequisite course, a D, F or NP will not satisfy the requirement.

Some courses may have higher requirements in these areas and/or additional prerequisites as appropriate. See individual course prerequisites. Instructors may waive prerequisites on a case-by-case basis.

Three to Four Credit Conversion

Some lower division collegiate courses (LDC) have changed from three to four credits at PCC. For degrees and certificates requiring specific LDC courses, the three credit version of the same course is generally accepted. PCC degree and certificate minimum credit requirements must be met.

Experimental Courses

Experimental courses are courses numbered 99, 199 and 299. These courses may be offered twice in a 15 month period. After that time, they must either be converted to a regularly numbered course or inactivated. While experimental courses may count for graduation at PCC, they may not be acceptable for transfer to other institutions.

Non-Credit Courses

PCC offers a large number and variety of non-credit courses for personal and career advancement as well as continuing education for professionals in several areas. See for a list of courses and registration information. Non-credit courses do not apply to any degrees or certificates at PCC.