Quantitative Reasoning ­p; A College Requirement

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, but a student may petition to satisfy all or part of the QR requirement with such courses. 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.

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

Fall Term, 1996 Quantitative Reasoning Courses


101. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).
102. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).
111. Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).
112. Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).
130. Explorations in Astronomy. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).
160. Introduction to Astrophysics. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

Communication Studies

211. Evaluating Information. (4). (SS). (QR/1).
311. Mass Communication Research. (3). (SS). (QR/1).


101. Principles of Economics I. (4). (SS). (QR/2).
102. Principles of Economics II. (4). (SS). (QR/2).
109. Laboratory Economics. (4). (SS). (QR/1).
401. Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. (4). (SS). (QR/1).
402. Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory. (3). (SS). (QR/1).
404. Statistics for Economists. (4). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
405/Stat. 405. Introduction to Statistics. (4). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).

Environmental Studies

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

Geological Sciences

222. Introductory Oceanography. (3). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).
223. Introductory Oceanography. (1). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).
280/Environ. Stud. 360. Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).


105. Data, Functions, and Graphs. (4). (Excl). (QR/1).
115. Calculus I. (4). (N.Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
116. Calculus II. (4). (N.Excl). (BS). (QR/2).
127. Geometry and the Imagination. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
128. Explorations in Number Theory. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
175. Combinatorics and Calculus. (4). (N.Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
185. Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus I. (4). (N.Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
186. Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus II. (4). (N.Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
215. Calculus III. (4). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
217. Linear Algebra. (4). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
295. Honors Mathematics I. (4). (N.Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
403. Mathematical Modeling Using Computer Algebra Systems. (3). (Excl). (QR/1).


107. 20th Century Concepts of Space, Time, and Matter. (3). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
125. General Physics: Mechanics, Sound, and Heat. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
126. General Physics: Electricity and Light. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
140. General Physics I. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
160. Honors Physics I. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
240. General Physics II. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
260. Honors Physics II. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
401. Intermediate Mechanics. (3). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).

Residential College

Social Science 295. Quantitative Approaches to Social Science Questions. (4). (Excl).
Section 001. (Weisskopf)


210. Elementary Statistics. (4). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
310. Introduction to Research Methods. (4). (Excl). (BS). (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). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
125. Games, Gambling and Coincidences. (3). (Excl). (QR/1).
402. Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
405/Econ. 405. Introduction to Statistics. (4). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).