What is Wellesley's QR requirement and how do students satisfy it?

Basic Skills Component

The basic skills component is satisfied either by passing the QR Assessment given during Orientation or by passing the QR basic skills course (QR 140). The assessment and the basic skills course emphasize the practical use of algebra, geometry, basic probability and statistics, graph theory, and estimation. On the assessment and in the course, students are expected to apply these important skills in solving real-world problems. Students must satisfy this component in their first year at the College so that they are prepared to take courses for which solid quantitative skills are essential. Fulfillment of the QR basic skills requirement is a prerequisite for many Wellesley courses, including all QR overlay courses.

Overlay Course Component

The overlay component is designed to engage students in statistical analysis and in the interpretation of data in a specific discipline. In a QR overlay course, students study the framework for data analysis, examine various methods of data collection and measurement, and learn how to represent and summarize data using various statistical distributions. They also study probability in order to understand sampling and inferential statistics. Advanced topics in QR overlay courses include analysis of variance and multiple regression analysis.

Currently QR overlay courses are offered in economics, political science, sociology, education, psychology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and philosophy. Students must satisfy the overlay component before graduation. It is recommended that students take their QR overlay course after they have decided on their major, as some majors require a specific overlay course. For example, psychology majors need to take PSYC 205, the psychology statistics class; economics majors need to take QR 199, introduction to social science data analysis.