University Core Curriculum
Module I: Engaging Academic Inquiry

Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning

  • Courses in quantitative reasoning appropriate to students’ major field. Essential goals include developing basic or more advanced quantitative reasoning skills (including the ability to manipulate expressions), evaluating probabilities, creating and interpreting graphs, using mathematics to solve problems, and making arguments with numbers.

    The requirement may also be fulfilled by MATH 118 or above.

    Sample Sections

    Mathematical Reasoning and its Applications

    Faculty: Leanne Robertson and David Neel

    An introduction to mathematical ideas used in the modern world, with an emphasis on quantitative methods applied to life experiences and on developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  Topics include graphing, exponential growth, financial mathematics, probability, and statistics.  Additional topics may include voting theory, graph theory, Fibonacci numbers, geometry, or other mathematical concepts and applications.

    Quantitative Literacy and Social Justice

    Faculty: Allison Henrich

    This course will allow students to gain mathematical skills useful for citizenship.  Topics covered include voting theory, financial math, probability and statistics.  In addition, students will learn why quantitative literacy is important for everyone in our society and explore barriers to achieving this type of literacy. 

    Statistical Thinking: Concepts and Applications

    Faculty: McLean Sloughter and Leanne Robertson

    An introduction to statistical ideas, with an emphasis on applications to real-world issues and on developing students' critical and quantitative reasoning skills.  Topics include experimental design, graphical and numerical data summaries, correlation and regression, probability, and chance error.

  • Learning Objectives

    This course is the primary place in the Core where students learn mathematical principles and skills.

    By focusing on the use of mathematical reasoning, students will better understand how mathematicians construct arguments and solve problems.

    Students will improve their academic writing skills in this course.