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Quantitative Literacy

The AU Core includes a two-part Quantitative Literacy requirement that aims to prepare students for an increasingly quantitative and data-dense world. Students in Quantitative Literacy I (Q1) will have the opportunity to strengthen their mathematical or statistical skills. In Quantitative Literacy II (Q2), students will continue to practice and refine their quantitative skills, but they will do so usually in the context of a particular discipline.

Quantitative Literacy I (Q1)

Students may satisfy the Quantitative Literacy (Q1) requirement by:

  • Completing an appropriately designated Quantitative Literacy I course with a grade of C or better.
  • Students with transfer credit may also satisfy the Quantitative Literacy I requirement by presenting 3 credit hours from an AG rated collegiate institution of articulated credit equivalent to a Quantitative Literacy I course.

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Quantitative Literacy I (Q1)

  1. Students will solve quantitative problems including approaches that go beyond memorized procedures.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of mathematical relationships from multiple perspectives, such as functions from graphical, verbal, numerical, and analytic points of view.

Quantitative Literacy II

Q2 courses should add depth or otherwise extend instructional outcomes from Q1 courses. In a Q2 course offered within an academic department or school the goals of instruction would likely stress applications within a discipline or specialization. Although most majors will designate a specific course or courses in the major as a required Q2, any Q2 may be applied toward the university's graduation requirement.

Students may satisfy the Quantitative Literacy II (Q2) requirement by completing an appropriately designated Quantitative Literacy II course with a grade of "C" or better.

  • Q2 courses may count towards AU Core and a major/minor requirement.

  • A single course cannot be used to satisfy both Q1 and Q2.

  • Brand new or revised courses get added each semester. Refer to the drop-down menu for the appropriate semester to learn what’s been added or confirm which courses can be used to satisfy the Q2 requirement. Prior iterations of approved courses will not satisfy the requirement.

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Quantitative Literacy II (Q2)

  1. Translate real-world questions or intellectual inquiries into quantitative frameworks.
  2. Select and apply appropriate quantitative methods or reasoning.
  3. Draw appropriate insights from the application of a quantitative framework.
  4. Explain quantitative reasoning and insights using appropriate forms of representation so that others could replicate the findings.

Major-Designated Q2 Courses 

Some Academic Programs have designated specific courses that simultaneously satisfy a major requirement and the Q2 requirement, while other academic programs have included one or more Q2 courses as options students may complete to satisfy major electives. That information is collected in the table below. If a program does not list a course, then a student may select (in consultation with their academic advisor) from any approved Q2 course.

Q2 Guidance by Academic Program
Academic Program Major Designated Q2
Accounting (BS) FIN-365, ITEC-320, and ITEC-355 Required
African American and African Diaspora Studies (BA)
American Studies (BA)
Anthropology (BA)
Applied Mathematics (BS) MATH-222 and STAT-302 Required
Arab World Studies (BA) GOVT-310 and SOCY-421 Fulfill Major Electives
Arabic Studies (BA)
Art History (BA)
Asian Studies (BA)
Audio Production (BA)
Audio Technology (BS) PHYS-310 Required and MATH-222 Fulfills a Major Elective
Biochemistry (BS) CHEM-410 and MATH-222 Required
Biology (BS) BIO-466 Required and MATH-222 Fulfills a Major Elective
Business Administration (BSBA) FIN-365, ITEC-320, and ITEC-355 Required and ECON-322 Fulfills a Major Elective
Business and Entertainment (BS) FIN-365, ITEC-320, and ITEC-355 Required
Business, Language & Culture Studies (BS) FIN-365, ITEC-320, and ITEC-355 Required
Chemistry (BS) CHEM-410 and MATH-222 Required
Communication: Communication Studies (BA) COMM-378 Required and COMM-260 Fulfills a Major Elective
Communication: Film and Media Arts (BA)
Communication: Journalism (BA) COMM-260 Required
Computational Science (BS) CSC-208 and MATH-222 Required
Computer Science (BS) CSC-208 Required, and CSC-310 and MATH-222 Fulfill Major Electives
Dance (BA) PHYS-200 Fulfills a Major Elective
Data Science MATH-222 and STAT-302 or STAT-320 Required, CSC-208, FIN-365, ITEC-320, and ITEC-355 Fulfill Major Electives
Data Sciences for Justice, Law and Criminology (BS) JLC-280 and STAT-302 Required, ITEC-320 Fulfills a Major Elective
Data Sciences for Political Science (BS) GOVT-310 and STAT-302 Required
Economics (BA) ECON-322 Required
Economics (BS) ECON-322 Required and MATH-222 Fulfill a Major Elective
Elementary Education (BA)
Environmental Science (BS) ENVS-455, ENVS-485, MATH-222, and CSC-310 Fulfill Major Electives
Environmental Studies (BA) CSC-310, ENVS-455, and ENVS-485 Fulfill Major Electives
Finance (BS) FIN-365, ITEC-320, and ITEC-355 Required
Foreign Language and Communication Media (BA) COMM-260, COMM-378, and COMM-380 Fulfill Major Electives
French Studies (BA)
German Studies (BA)
Global International Relations (BA) ECON-322 Required and SISU-300 Fulfills a Major Elective
Government (BA) GOVT-310 or JLC-280 Required
Graphic Design (BA) GDES-360 Fulfills a Major Elective
Health Promotion (BS)
History (BA)
Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) (BA) GOVT-310 or JLC-280 Required and ECON-322 Fulfills a Major Elective
International Studies (BA) CSC-310 and SISU-300 Fulfills a Major Elective
Jewish Studies (BA)
Justice and Law (BA) JLC-280 Required
K-12 Education (Second Major Only)
Language and Area Studies: French/Europe (BA)
Language and Area Studies: German/Europe (BA)
Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies (BA)
Language and Area Studies: Spanish/Latin America (BA)
Legal Studies (BA)
Literature (BA) LIT-204 Fulfills a Major Elective
Mathematics (BS) MATH-222 Required
Mathematics and Economics (BS) ECON-322 and MATH-222 Required
Music (BA)
Neuroscience (BS) NEURO-380 Required and BIO-466 Fulfills a Major Elective
Performing Arts: Musical Theatre (BA)
Performing Arts: Theatre (BA)
Philosophy (BA) PHIL-200 Fulfills a Major Elective
Photography (BA) [CAS/ART]
Photography (BA) [SOC]
Physics (BA) MATH-222 Required or CHEM-410, PHYS-310 and PHYS-326 Fulfill Major Electives
Physics (BS) MATH-222 Required or CSC-208, PHYS-310, and PHYS-326 Fulfill Major Electives
Political Science (BA) GOVT-310 Required
Psychology (BA) PSYC-313 Required
Public Health (BA) HLTH-340 Required and, SOCY-275 and SOCY-421 Fulfill Major Electives
Public Health (BS) HLTH-340 Required and, SOCY-275 and SOCY-421 Fulfill Major Electives
Public Relations & Strategic Communication (BA) COMM-380 Required
Religious Studies (BA) PHIL-200 Fulfills a Major Elective
Russian Studies (BA)
Secondary Education (Second Major Only)
Sociology (BA) SOCY-275 and SOCY-421 Fullfill Major Electives
Spanish Studies (BA)
Statistics (BS) MATH-222 and either STAT-302 or STAT-320 Required, CSC-208 Fulfills a Major Elective
Studio Art (BA)
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (BA)