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Quantitative Literacy (GQ)

Requirement: One 4-credit hour course.

Math Placement Exam. The Mathematics Placement Exam is required for all first-year students, transfer and non-matriculating students who have not successfully completed a credit-bearing, college-level Math course with a grade of C- or better. The placement exam will indicate if the student may register for either a Quantitative Literacy course or a higher-level math course.

A student placed in Math 0701 is required to complete successfully Math 0701 before enrolling in a GenEd Quantitative Literacy course or GenEd Science & Technology courses, as these courses require students to understand and perform basic computational skills.

GenEd Quantitative Literacy courses present mathematical thinking as a tool for solving everyday problems and as a way of understanding how to represent aspects of a complex world. They are designed to prepare students as citizens and voters to have the ability to think critically about quantitative statements, to recognize when they are misleading or false, and to appreciate how they relate to significant social or political issues. While computation may be part of a Quantitative Literacy course, the primary focus is not computational skills.

Quantitative Literacy courses are intended to teach students how to:

• Understand quantitative models that describe real world phenomena and recognize limitations of those models;
• Perform simple mathematical computations associated with a quantitative model and make conclusions based on the results;
• Recognize, use, and appreciate mathematical thinking for solving problems that are part of everyday life;
• Understand the various sources of uncertainty and error in empirical data;
• Retrieve, organize, and analyze data associated with a quantitative model; and
• Communicate logical arguments and their conclusions.


Quantitative Literacy Courses

Below, you will find the current list of GenEd courses in this area.

Please be advised that GenEd offerings vary from semester to semester and that all GenEd courses will not be offered every semester. For the most current list of GenEd offerings, please consult the Class Schedule.

In addition, a single GenEd course may be offered by more than one department. GenEd courses offered by more than one department will have the same course number and the same course title.
A student may not take the same course from multiple departments and earn credit toward graduation. However, if a student wishes to replace her/his grade in a GenEd course, s/he may replace the grade with any course bearing the same course number and the same course title regardless of department.

    • Digital Mapping: From Mercator to Mashups
    • Investing for the Future
    • Math for a Digital World
    • Mathematical Patterns
    • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
    • Statistical Reasoning & Games of Chance
    • Statistics in the News
    • Honors Investing for the Future
    • Honors Math for a Digital World
    • Honors Mathematical Patterns
    • Honors Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Waiver: Students considering undergraduate degrees with advanced mathematical or statistical requirements may satisfy the GenEd Quantitative Literacy requirement through alternative coursework.

A student will be waived from the GenEd Quantitative Literacy requirement upon completion of any of the following:

      • Mathematics 1031, 1041, 1042, 1941, 1942, or 2043. 
      • Statistics 2101, 2910, 2103, 2903 or an equivalent transfer course. (Primarily for FSBM and STHM majors and FSBM minors)
      • Completion of a three-course sequence to include Math 1015, Math 1021, and Early Childhood Education 3107.  All courses must be completed to receive the wavier. (Primarily for Early Childhood Education majors)
      • Completion of a four-course sequence to include Math 1015, Math 1021, Math 1022 and Math Education (Secondary) 3145. All courses must be completed to receive the waiver. (Primarily for Middle Grades Education majors concentrating in Science and Language Arts). 
      • Completion of a four-course sequence to include Math 1021, Psychology 1167 (or Sociology  1167 or Sociology 3201), Nursing 3261, and Nursing 3262. (Primarily for Nursing majors)


Consult an academic advisor for more information.

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