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ACCESS — Course Information

Academic departments determine which courses are available each term to nondegree students based on course prerequisites and maximum course enrollments. For example, if a Chemistry course enrolls 18 students but has a capacity of 25 students, 7 additional students may enroll through ACCESS. Registration begins for ACCESS students after most degree students have enrolled.

Note of the type of course: linked courses, restricted courses, and controlled enrollment and independent study.

Linked Courses

Linked courses are lecture courses that have required recitations and/or labs. If you choose a course that has a required recitation or lab you cannot enroll in the lecture only. You will be prompted to choose a required recitation or lab. You will automatically be enrolled in the lecture if you choose an open section of a recitation or lab.

Restricted Courses

Some courses are restricted to students within a specific major or class standing. Nondegree students wishing to enroll must first request permission from the appropriate department to override the restriction (see ACCESS Academic Calendar for enrollment dates). Please keep in mind that overriding any type of restriction (prerequisites, major, etc.) is at the discretion of the professor. If the professor feels you do not meet the prerequisites for the course or if the course is full he/she can deny your request for an override.

You may be enrolled in a restricted class in one of the following ways:

1. the department will enroll you

2. the department will email with permission to enroll you

Most upper-division and graduate-level courses have restrictions or prerequisites. If you have a question about whether a course has a restriction or prerequisite, please make an appointment with a Continuing Education academic advisor.

Please note that BCOR (business core) classes are restricted to majors only during the fall and spring semesters. Many graduate classes require permission from the instructor to enroll.

Controlled Enrollment and Independent Study Courses

Controlled enrollment sections and independent study courses are ones that have specific restrictions placed by the department that offers the course. They have a section number between 700 and 999. To find out if you qualify for a controlled section or an independent study, contact the department that offers the course. If you are eligible, the department will either enroll you in the course or send permission for you to enroll to the Continuing Education registration office.


Now that you’ve selected your favorite Continuing Education courses, email or print the information, including class number, to more easily search MyCUInfo and enroll. Still have questions? Contact an advisor.