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02-03 LS&A Bulletin

Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures

Common Requirements for the A.B., B.S., and B.G.S. Degrees

Quantitative Reasoning

The goal of the Quantitative Reasoning requirement is to ensure that every graduate of the College achieves a certain level of proficiency in using and analyzing quantitative information.

Quantitative Reasoning is 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. QR courses may come from a wide range of disciplines representing the natural and social sciences.

Students may fulfill this requirement by:

  • passing one course of three of more credits designated for full QR credit (QR/1); or
  • passing two courses (at least one of which must be of three or more credits) designated for half QR credit (QR/2).

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 of at least three credits for Physics 125, 126, 140, 240, or a statistics course receive (QR/1) credit.

Courses used to satisfy the QR requirement also may satisfy other College requirements.


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