Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The ability to think clearly and critically about quantitative issues is imperative in contemporary society.

Today, quantitative reasoning is required in virtually all academic fields, is used in almost every profession, and is necessary for decision-making in everyday life. The quantitative reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that all Wellesley College students are proficient in the use of mathematical, logical, and statistical problem-solving tools needed in today’s increasingly quantitative world.

The quantitative reasoning requirement consists of two parts: (1) the basic skills component and (2) the overlay course component. The basic skills component is satisfied either by passing the Quantitative Reasoning Assessment given to all entering students or by passing QR 140, the basic skills course that builds mathematical skills in the context of real-world applications. Students are required to satisfy the basic skills component in their first year so that they may enroll in the many courses for which basic quantitative skills (including algebra, geometry, basic probability and statistics, graph theory, estimation, and combinatorics) are a prerequisite.

The overlay component is satisfied by passing a QR overlay course. Such courses emphasize statistical analysis and interpretation of data in a specific discipline. The Committee on Curriculum and Instruction has designated specific courses in fields from across the curriculum as ones that satisfy the QR overlay requirement. A QR overlay class may satisfy another distribution requirement as well. More information about the Quantitative Reasoning Program is available here.