Chapter
III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures, and the Academic
Minor Option
Common Requirements for the A.B., B.S., and B.G.S.
Degrees
Quantitative Reasoning:
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:
 successfully
completing one course (of 3 credits or more) designated for full
QR credit (QR/1); or
 successfully
completing two courses (at least one of which must be of 3 credits
or more) designated for half QR credit (QR/2).
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 realworld phenomena, determining
how to solve it, deducing consequences, formulating alternatives,
and predicting outcomes.
Advanced
Placement (AP) courses may not be used to meet 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.
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