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Quantitative Literacy


One Quantitative Literacy course or approved combination, select from one of the following choices:

AHS 240 , CHEM 106/CHEM 106LENVI 240MATH 102MATH 105MATH 241PHYS 106/PHYS 106L, or PHYS 116/PHYS 116L 

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

  • Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words, geometric figures), including appropriate critique of the information or conclusions provided.
  • Convert relevant quantitative information into various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words, geometric figures) and carry out mathematical procedures and processes fluently and accurately.
  • Make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on a quantitative analysis, while recognizing and describing the limits of this analysis.
  • Make and evaluate important assumptions in given situations in estimation, modeling, and data analysis.
  • Communicate the results of a quantitative argument, citing the representation of the math problem, explanation of the solution, and the interpretation of the solution.

Skill and Applied Learning Requirements

  • Explicitly demonstrate how the curriculum will develop critical thinking skills.
  • Explicitly demonstrate how the curriculum will develop information literacy skills
  • Include a graded writing component, which whenever possible is developmental.

Category Learning Objectives Student Evaluation

Quantitative Literacy

Approved courses

Model syllabi


Prerequisites: B or better in high school Algebra II (Parts I & II), or appropriate placement score (Maple TA 12), or MATH 035 with a C or better.

  • Each class is limited to 30 students and there is an expectation that students will submit graded written work throughout the course.
  • A prerequisite for the course must include high school Core 40 mathematics competencies (e.g., the course builds on high school Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II). 
  • At least one written assignment is given that is appropriate to be evaluated with the AAC&U Quantitative Literacy VALUE Rubric; that is, an assignment which “gives students substantive, contextualized experience in using such skills as analyzing quantitative information, representing quantitative information in appropriate forms, completing calculations to answer meaningful questions, making judgments based on quantitative data and communicating the results of that work for various purposes and audiences.”