Quantitative reasoning courses may focus on the organization, analysis, and implementation of numerical and graphical data, or they may involve learning mathematical ideas, understanding their application to the world, and employing them to solve problems. In QR courses, students will learn some or all of the following:
A given QR course probably will not include all of these abilities, but every QR course will engage students in some of them. In courses identified with the QR tag, the use of quantitative reasoning is a major and continuing theme. Although the subject matter of QR courses will vary by department and discipline, the quantitative knowledge and skills developed will be applicable in a wide variety of settings.
A course will satisfy the quantitative-reasoning requirement only if it is designated a "QR" course for the semester in which it has been taken. A particular course may change in character from one year to the next, so that it may count as a "QR" course during one semester but not during another. (See guidelines in Part B, below, for changes in approved courses.)
On the course approval form, the faculty member proposing the course should fill out the QR section of the course approval form. In addition, the instructor should provide sufficient evidence (planned assignments, exams, homework, etc.) to demonstrate that quantitative reasoning is a major and continuing theme in the course.