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Get ahead on your Gen Ed. Bypass the waitlist with FastTrack Pathway.

Do you need to complete coursework before starting a degree program at SJVC or elsewhere?* Then our FastTrack Pathway is for you! FastTrack Pathway is a series of general education courses and training to help students meet prerequisite requirements for other programs ─ and bypass the waitlists for general education courses found at other schools. Enroll now! Our team of education pros are standing by with an easy-entry plan setup with you in mind. The instructor-led courses are offered frequently, and delivered using an approach to engage students and encourage interaction and participation. We’ll get you in, out, and on your way toward your degree.

Prerequisite Courses Offered at SJVC

Select SJVC locations offer 10-week science courses and 5-week non-science courses to meet prerequisite needs.** The following courses are for non-degree seekers.

Science Courses

  • CHE 3: General Chemistry
  • CHE 4: Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
  • BIOL 10: Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 14: Microbiology
  • BIOL 45: Human Physiology

Non-Science Courses

  • ENG 121: Composition and Reading – Part A
  • ENG 122: Composition and Reading – Part B
  • MTH 121: College Algebra – Part A
  • MTH 122: College Algebra – Part B
  • NSC 1: Introduction to the Natural Sciences
  • PHIL 1C: Ethics
  • PSY 1: General Psychology
  • SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • SPC 1A: Introduction to Public Speaking

To view more information on these courses, including the full course descriptions, please view SJVC’s Catalog.

Upcoming 10-Week Science Prereq Course Schedules

Bakersfield – Session: 8/1/22 – 10/6/22

Course Name
Units Earned
BIOL 10 – Human Anatomy 4 Units
BIOL 14 – Microbiology 4 Units


Fresno – Session: 7/18/22 – 9/22/22

Course Name
Units Earned
BIOL 14 – Microbiology 4 Units
BIOL 10 – Human Anatomy 4 Units


Ontario – Session: 9/19/22 – 11/27/22

Course Name
Units Earned
BIOL 10 – Human Anatomy 4 Units
BIOL 14 – Microbiology 4 Units
BIOL 45 – Human Physiology 5 Units
CHE 4 – Intro to Organic and Biochemistry 4 Units


Visalia – Session: 9/20/22 – 11/27/22

Course Name
Units Earned
BIOL 10 – Human Anatomy 4 Units
BIOL 45 – Human Physiology 5 Units

Non-Science Course Schedules

Non-science general education courses usually are offered every five weeks. Course availability varies by location, with the following locations offering standalone courses:

Contact one of the above locations to learn what non-science courses are offered and when the next courses start.

How to Enroll in FastTrack Pathway.

The first step is to request information about our prerequisite courses. An admissions representative will reach out to you soon to discuss your options. Click to dial

Have questions about prerequisites?

Visit our Prereq Course FAQ page.

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*Completion of the general education requirements and/or prerequisite courses at SJVC does not guarantee entry into an SJVC program. If you intend to transfer SJVC courses to another institution, you must contact that institution directly to determine transferability of units. Accepting transfer credits is always up to the receiving institution. View a complete list of SJVC articulation agreements. SJVC currently does NOT have an articulation or transfer of credit agreement with Bakersfield College or Fresno City College.

**Prerequisite courses vary by location. Contact a location to determine which science and non-science courses are offered.