Developmental Courses

Blue Ridge Community College provides an opportunity for students to strengthen their basic educational background. Through a series of courses, instruction is provided to help the student overcome educational deficiencies that would likely prevent him/her from succeeding in an associate degree or diploma program. Developmental courses are offered in the areas of reading and vocabulary development, grammar and composition, keyboarding, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

Incoming students are given a series of pre-enrollment placement tests to determine if any of these courses will be prerequisites to their related coursework. Students should take prerequisites in their first semester of enrollment if possible. Certain programs require that prerequisite courses
be completed prior to fall enrollment. In addition, OST 131 may be required if a student has little or no experience with the keyboard and cannot type at least 20 words per minute. For these students OST 131 is considered a developmental course notwithstanding the 100 level designation.

Developmental and prerequisite courses include:

BIO 090 Foundations of Biology
CHM 092 Fundamentals of Chemistry
CIS 070 Fundamentals of Computing
DRE 097 Integrated Reading and Writing II
DRE 098 Integrated Reading and Writing III
DRE 099 Integrated Reading and Writing III
DMA 010 Operations with Integers
DMA 020 Fractions and Decimals
DMA 030 Proportion/Ratios/Rates/Percents
DMA 040 Expressions, Linear Equations, Linear Inequalities
DMA 050 Graphs and Equations of Lines
DMA 060 Polynomials and Quadratic Applications
DMA 070 Rational Expressions and Equations
DMA 080 Radical Expressions and Equations
OST 131 Keyboarding

A student must earn a “P” or a “C” or better to progress to the next class.