Quantitative Reasoning

Last updated: June 19, 2019 at 10:51 AM

Objectives

The quantitative reasoning requirement has been established to develop students' abilities to collect, summarize and analyze numerical data; to make abstract concepts operational; and to think critically about the accuracy and soundness of conclusions based on data or on mathematical models. Quantitative reasoning courses usually embed methodological training in their subject matter. These courses vary widely in the skills that are emphasized, but they usually include one or more of the following:

Learning Goals

The quantitative reasoning requirement has been established to develop students' abilities to:

  1. Collect, summarize and analyze numerical data
  2. Apply statistical analysis
  3. Think critically about the accuracy and soundness of conclusions based on data or mathematical models

How to Fulfill the Requirement

All students will take one course that is designated to meet the quantitative reasoning requirement. Courses that satisfy the requirement in a particular semester are designated "qr" in the Schedule of Classes for that semester. A list of quantitative reasoning courses is available in the Courses of Instruction.