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University Studies Program

Quantitative Reasoning (QA, QB)


The organization, analysis, and application of measurement, including data representation, number sense, variables, spatial relationships and chance, to both conceptual and applied problems.


All baccalaureate graduates of UW should have a college-level experience in quantitative reasoning. The elements of this experience may include numerical, logical, geometric, and algorithmic thinking as well as the integration of these modes of analysis with students’ verbal, creative, and critical-thinking skills. Since quantitative reasoning also encompasses a range of disciplines that are not purely mathematical, a more general designation of QA and QB requirements is proposed.  QA  Basic college-level quantitative skills fulfilled by Math 1000, 1400, 1405 or 1450, or placement above this level (based on the Math Placement Exam, ACT or SAT scores, or AP credit). All students must fulfill the QA requirement, either by placing into a QB or though successfully completing a QA designated course. QA is non-embeddable. QB Quantitative Reasoning. All QB courses must have a QA prerequisite.


Retain the current mathematics placement system. Students will retain the option of fulfilling QA via the placement exam. QB will often be fulfilled by courses with MATH, STAT, and COSC prefixes; however, approved courses through other departments or programs may also satisfy this requirement.  Successful completion of the QA is a prerequisite for QB. Prerequisite requirement will be enforced. Students are required to satisfy both the QA and QB USP requirements.

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