College Requirements

Quantitative Reasoning

All students admitted to the College for the Fall Term of 1994 and thereafter must meet the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) requirement. The goal of this requirement is to ensure that every graduate of the College achieves a certain level of proficiency in using and analyzing quantitative information. Students may fulfill this requirement either by:
QR courses may come from a wide range of disciplines representing the natural and social sciences, as well as some areas of the humanities.

Quantitative reasoning is first and foremost reasoning. It is not mathematical manipulation or computation, but rather the methodology used to analyze quantitative information to make decisions, judgments, and predictions. It involves defining a problem by means of numerical or geometrical representations of real-world phenomena, determining how to solve it, deducing consequences, formulating alternatives, and predicting outcomes.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses may not be used to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Courses transferred from another college or university do not generally carry QR credit, except in the following circumstances: (1) QR is considered fulfilled for all science, math, and computer science concentrators who transfer in the prerequisites; (2) Transfer credit for Physics 125, 126, 140, 240 and any statistics course receive (QR/1) credit. Courses used to satisfy the QR requirement may also serve to satisfy other College requirements; e.g., students who are working towards an A.B. or B.S. degree may elect a QR course that also counts toward meeting the Area Distribution, Concentration, or other College requirement.

Fall Term, 1997 Quantitative Reasoning Courses

This list is subject to change by the College of LS&A Curriculum Committee.

Updated versions are posted at: or

on the bulletin boards outside 1419 Mason Hall. Check these location to learn about additions or deletions or call POINT-10 (764-6810).


101. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System. (4). (NS). (QR/2).

102. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe. (4). (NS). (QR/2).

111. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System. (4). (NS). (QR/2).

112. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe. (4). (NS). (QR/2).


108/Geol. 130/Phys. 119. The Physical World. (4). (NS). (QR/2).

130. General Chemistry: Macroscopic Investigations and Reaction Principles. (3). (NS).

Communication Studies

211. Evaluating Information. (4). (SS). (QR/1).


101. Principles of Economics I. (4). (SS). (QR/2).

102. Principles of Economics II. (4). (SS). (QR/2).

401. Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. (4). (SS). (QR/1).

402. Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory. (3). (SS). (QR/1).

404. Statistics for Economists. (4). (Excl). (QR/1).

405/Stat. 405. Introduction to Statistics. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

Environmental Studies

360/Geol. 280. Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment. (4). (NS). (QR/2).

Geological Sciences

130/Phys. 119/Chem. 108. The Physical World. (4). (NS). (QR/2).

222. Introductory Oceanography. (3). (NS).

223. Introductory Oceanography, Laboratory. (1). (NS). (QR/2).

280/Environ. Stud. 360. Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment. (4). (NS).


105. Data, Functions, and Graphs. (4). (MSA).

115. Calculus I. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

116. Calculus II. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

119. Calculus II Using MAPLE. (4). (MSA).

127. Geometry and the Imagination. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

128. Explorations in Number Theory. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

156. Applied Honors Calculus II. (4). (MSA).

185. Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus I. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

215. Calculus III. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

217. Linear Algebra. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

295. Honors Mathematics I. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

403. Mathematical Modeling Using Computer Algebra Systems. (3). (MSA). (QR/1).


414. Mathematical Logic. (3). (Excl). (QR/1).


107. 20th Century Concepts of Space, Time, and Matter. (3). (NS). (QR/1).

119/Geol. 130/Chem. 108. The Physical World. (4). (NS). (QR/2).

125. General Physics: Mechanics, Sound, and Heat. (4). (NS). (QR/1).

126. General Physics: Electricity and Light. (4). (NS). (QR/1).

140. General Physics I. (4). (NS). (QR/1).

160. Honors Physics I. (4). (NS). (QR/1).

201. Physics, Truth and Consequences. (3). (NS). (QR/2).

240. General Physics II. (4). (NS). (QR/1).

260. Honors Physics II. (4). (NS). (QR/1).

401. Intermediate Mechanics. (3). (Excl). (QR/1).


210. Elementary Statistics. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

310. Introduction to Research Methods. (4). (Excl). (QR/1).

331. Population Trends in the United States: Their Economic and Social Consequences. (3). (Excl). (QR/1).

430. Introduction to Population Studies. (3). (Excl). (QR/2).


100. Introduction to Statistical Reasoning. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

125. Games, Gambling and Coincidences. (3). (MSA). (QR/1).

402. Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis. (4). (NS). (QR/1).

405/Econ. 405. Introduction to Statistics. (4). (MSA). (QR/1).

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