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Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning

Courses that satisfy this requirement focus on mathematics and statistics, or on formal and symbolic argument. These methods will enhance your ability to assess the relationship between ideas and judge information more critically.

Although many students meet the requirement with a mathematics course, either because their intended majors require math or because they enjoy it, other students prefer to take a course that emphasizes reasoning or mathematical applications rather than traditional math.

Many students, for example, take economics to gain some insight into the world of business and finance. Many economic principles are expressed in mathematical terms, and in an introductory economics course you will apply simple mathematical principles to real-life situations.

Students interested in the study of language — students who may major or minor in a foreign language, English, communications, a behavioral science, or speech, for example — may wish to take linguistics, which sharpens awareness of verbal reasoning through the study of the history, nature, and structure of language.

We also offer courses entirely devoted to the study of reasoning and logical argument: PHIL 115: Practical Reasoning, and PHIL 120: Introduction to Logic.

Current courses that fulfill the requirement are listed below. Some colleges allow any course from the Q/SR list; others require a particular course. Consult the General Education requirements page for the specific requirements of the majors you are considering.

Grade required

Any passing grade (0.7 or higher) is acceptable. The course may not be taken on the satisfactory/not satisfactory (S/NS) grading option.

Placement

A passing score on a placement test (or college credit for the prerequisite math course) is required for registration in MATH 111, 120, and 124. For the prerequisites and registration restrictions of other Q/SR courses, consult the Course Descriptions and the Time Schedule.

Overlaps with other requirements

You may also count your Q/SR course toward the Areas of Knowledge requirement, in whichever Area it is listed. (A few Q/SR courses do not count toward Areas of Knowledge.) If your Q/SR course happens to be a W-course and/or is part of your major or minor, it can count toward those requirements as well.

AP and IB

If you achieved a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB examination (or a 2 with subgrade 3, 4, or 5, on the Calculus BC), you will receive at least 5 college credits of calculus. This satisfies the Q/SR requirement, and the credit also counts towards the Areas of Knowledge.

The award for several other AP scores is a credit course that can be used to satisfy the Q/SR requirement and can also be counted toward Areas of Knowledge. See the AP tables for more information.

For International Baccalaureate Higher Level exams, the award for a score of 7 on the Mathematics exam is MATH 124, which satisfies the Q/SR requirement can can also count toward Natural World. The award for a score of 6 or 5 is MATH 120, which counts toward Natural World but not toward Q/SR. The Q/SR requirement can also be satisfied with the credit awards for scores of 5 or higher in Computer Science and Engineering, Economics, and Physics. See the IB tables for details.

For transfer students

Any course that transfers as one of the courses listed below, or any course evaluated as a "Q" course (for example, PSYCH Q-1XX), or any MATH X or STAT X course, will satisfy the Q/SR requirement if the course transfers as at least 4 credits. Other courses must be petitioned at UAA Advising. Bring a copy of the course syllabus or the description from the catalog of the college offering the course.

You can check the UW Equivalency Guide for Washington Community and Technical Colleges to determine which courses from Washington community colleges count toward the UW's Q/SR requirement; they are marked in the lists with a Q.

Postbaccalaureate students

Postbaccalaureate students are not required to complete the Q/SR requirement.

Registering for Q/SR courses

You can generate a complete list of Q/SR courses with space still available with the General Education Requirement Course Search.

Approved courses

Course Title Credits I&S Natural World VLPA
ACCTG 275ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE ESSENTIALS3NoNoNo
AMATH 460MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR QUANTITATIVE FINANCE3NoYesNo
ASTR 101ASTRONOMY5NoYesNo
ASTR 102INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY5NoYesNo
ASTR 150THE PLANETS5NoYesNo
ASTR 201THE UNIVERSE AND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE5NoYesNo
ASTR 210DISTANCE AND TIME: SIZE AND AGE IN THE UNIVERSE5NoYesNo
ASTR 211THE UNIVERSE AND CHANGE5NoYesNo
ASTR 300INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING FOR ASTRONOMICAL APPLICATIONS2NoNoNo
ASTR 425COSMOLOGY3NoNoNo
BIO A 482HUMAN POPULATION GENETICS5NoYesNo
BIOST 310BIOSTATISTICS FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES4NoNoNo
CHEM 120PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I5NoYesNo
CHEM 142GENERAL CHEMISTRY5NoYesNo
CHEM 144ADVANCED GENERAL CHEMISTRY5NoYesNo
CHEM 145HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY5NoYesNo
CHEM 154ADVANCED GENERAL CHEMISTRY5NoYesNo
CHEM 164ADVANCED GENERAL CHEMISTRY5NoYesNo
CS&SS 221STATISTICAL CONCEPTS AND METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES5NoYesNo
CS&SS 320EVALUATING SOCIAL SCIENCE EVIDENCE5YesNoNo
CS&SS 321CASE-BASED SOCIAL STATISTICS I5YesNoNo
CS&SS 322CASE-BASED SOCIAL STATISTICS II5YesNoNo
CSE 100FLUENCY IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY5NoNoNo
CSE 120COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES5NoYesNo
CSE 142COMPUTER PROGRAMMING I4NoYesNo
CSE 143COMPUTER PROGRAMMING II5NoYesNo
CSE 154WEB PROGRAMMING5NoNoNo
CSE 311FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTING I4NoNoNo
CSE 312FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTING II4NoNoNo
D HYG 492PRIN OF SCIENT INVESTIGATION FOR ORAL HLTH PROF3NoNoNo
D HYG 493REVIEW OF LITERATURE FOR ORAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS3NoNoNo
E E 205INTRODUCTION TO SIGNAL CONDITIONING4NoNoNo
ECON 100PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS5YesNoNo
ECON 150QUANTITATIVE PREPARATION FOR ECONOMICS & BUSINESS5NoYesNo
ECON 200INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMICS5YesNoNo
ECON 201INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS5YesNoNo
ECON 311INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC STATISTICS5NoYesNo
EDPSY 490BASIC EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS3NoYesNo
EDPSY 491INTERMEDIATE EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS3NoNoNo
EDPSY 495INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATIONAL MEASUREMENT3NoNoNo
ENVIR 210INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING4NoYesNo
ENVIR 250ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: DATA TYPES AND COLLECTION METHODS5NoYesNo
ESRM 250INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN FOREST RESOURCES5NoYesNo
ESRM 304ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE ASSESSMENT5NoYesNo
FISH 423AQUATIC INVASION ECOLOGY4NoNoNo
GEOG 317GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION AND SPATIAL ANALYSIS5YesNoNo
GEOG 326QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY5YesNoNo
GEOG 360PRINCIPLES OF GIS MAPPING5YesNoNo
GEOG 426ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE METHODS5YesNoNo
GEOG 462COASTAL GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS5YesNoNo
INFO 100FLUENCY IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY5NoNoNo
LING 200INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC THOUGHT5YesNoYes
LING 201INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC THEORY AND ANALYSIS5YesNoYes
LING 400SURVEY OF LINGUISTIC METHOD AND THEORY5YesNoYes
LING 471COMPUTATIONAL METHODS FOR LINGUISTS5NoNoNo
MATH 107MATHEMATICS: A PRACTICAL ART5NoYesNo
MATH 111ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS5NoYesNo
MATH 112APPLICATION OF CALCULUS TO BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS5NoYesNo
MATH 124CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I5NoYesNo
MATH 134ACCELERATED [HONORS] CALCULUS5NoYesNo
MATH 144CALCULUS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES5NoYesNo
MATH 145CALCULUS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES5NoYesNo
NUTR 411TOPICS IN ADVANCED NUTRITION2NoNoNo
OCEAN 455INTRODUCTION TO MODELING IN OCEANOGRAPHY3NoYesNo
OCEAN 460MARINE FIELD RESEARCH10NoYesNo
PHIL 115PRACTICAL REASONING5YesNoNo
PHIL 120INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC5YesYesNo
PHIL 470INTERMEDIATE LOGIC5YesYesNo
PHYS 101PHYSICAL SCIENCE BY INQUIRY I5NoYesNo
PHYS 102PHYSICAL SCIENCE BY INQUIRY I5NoYesNo
PHYS 110LIBERAL ARTS PHYSICS5NoYesNo
PHYS 111LIBERAL ARTS PHYSICS5NoYesNo
PHYS 112LIBERAL ARTS PHYSICS5NoYesNo
PHYS 114GENERAL PHYSICS4NoYesNo
PHYS 121MECHANICS5NoYesNo
PHYS 214LIGHT AND COLOR5NoYesNo
PHYS 215A WAY OF KNOWING5NoYesNo
POL S 205POLITICAL SCIENCE AS A SOCIAL SCIENCE5YesNoNo
POL S 290INTRODUCTION TO QUANTITATIVE POLITICAL SCIENCE5YesNoNo
POL S 300PRACTICAL POLITICAL RESEARCH5YesNoNo
PSYCH 315UNDERSTANDING STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGY5NoNoNo
PSYCH 317INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR PSYCHOLOGY5NoNoNo
PSYCH 318STATISTICAL INFERENCE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH5NoNoNo
PSYCH 482ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS FOR BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOLOGY4NoNoNo
Q SCI 190QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE5NoYesNo
Q SCI 210INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING4NoYesNo
Q SCI 291ANALYSIS FOR BIOLOGISTS I5NoYesNo
Q SCI 292ANALYSIS FOR BIOLOGISTS II5NoYesNo
Q SCI 381INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS5NoYesNo
QMETH 201INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL METHODS4NoYesNo
SOC 220INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS5YesNoNo
SOC 221STATISTICAL CONCEPTS AND METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES5NoYesNo
SOC 320EVALUATING SOCIAL SCIENCE EVIDENCE5YesNoNo
SOC 321CASE-BASED SOCIAL STATISTICS I5YesNoNo
SOC 322CASE-BASED SOCIAL STATISTICS II5YesNoNo
SOC 328METHODOLOGY OF SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH5YesNoNo
SOC 329METHODOLOGY OF SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH5YesNoNo
STAT 100NUMBERS AND REASON5NoNoNo
STAT 220BASIC STATISTICS5NoYesNo
STAT 221STATISTICAL CONCEPTS AND METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES5NoYesNo
STAT 301BASIC STATISTICS WITH APPLICATIONS5NoYesNo
STAT 311ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL METHODS5NoYesNo
STAT 320EVALUATING SOCIAL SCIENCE EVIDENCE5YesNoNo
STAT 321CASE-BASED SOCIAL STATISTICS I5YesNoNo
STAT 322CASE-BASED SOCIAL STATISTICS II5YesNoNo
STAT 340INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I4NoNoNo