If A requires B, then B is the requirement. In this relationship what is A? In this context, I'm describing academic courses where B is a course that fulfills the requirements for course A.


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At my university (in the United States Midwest), one would say "ECE 700 (A) is a follow-on course to ECE 600 (B)" and while this implies that B is a prerequisite, it doesn't necessarily require it.

(In my department at least, prerequisites were pretty flexible: transfer students, grad students, and students from other departments---as well as those just plain motivated---could very easily get them waived, so avoiding the suggestion of strict requirements was usually intended.)


B is a prerequisite of A. That is common terminology for students registering for classes.

Prerequisite is defined as:

adj. Required or necessary as a prior condition: Competence is prerequisite to promotion.

n. Something that is prerequisite, as a course that is required prior to taking an advanced course.

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    But the question is what word designates A's relationship to B? Jun 18, 2013 at 14:42
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    ......dependent Jun 18, 2013 at 15:35
  • @StoneyB, Oooh...you're actually correct. I guess I addressed the OP's second sentence, but not the actual question. A class that has prerequisites might be called an advanced, more advanced, or upper level class.
    – JLG
    Jun 18, 2013 at 17:05

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