Courses that fulfill the quantitative reasoning (QR) requirement aim to develop skills in quantitative analysis and deductive reasoning, which are particularly relevant to the study of science and the social sciences.
The quantitative reasoning requirement can be fulfilled through the following means:
- Scoring a minimum of 600 on the Math SAT or 27 on the math subsection of the ACT within the last eight years prior to matriculation;
- Earning a passing score on the Quantitative Reasoning Exam;
- Earning a passing letter grade in a course from the list of approved courses;
- Approved transfer credit for computer science, mathematics, or statistics courses that are 1) taken within the last eight years prior to matriculation and 2) equivalent to those on the list of approved courses below, as determined by the Dean of Students Office.
Students who have not fulfilled the Quantitative Reasoning requirement through standardized scores or transfer credit are required to take the GS Quantitative Reasoning exam during or prior to Orientation Week.
Based on the QR test results, GS advisors will help students choose a course from the GS-approved list of quantitative reasoning courses. When choosing a QR course, students must make sure that they have reviewed and met the specified prerequisites for the course prior to enrollment.
Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics Courses
Any course selected from the following departments fulfills the GS quantitative reasoning requirement when passed with a satisfactory letter grade:
- Computer Science (except S1021D, S1022Q)
- Economics (Columbia department only)
Approved Columbia courses in computer science, mathematics, and statistics may count toward both the QR requirement and the Science requirement. Approved transfer credit for a course in computer science, mathematics, and statistics may count toward both the QR and Science requirements as well; however, the course must have been taken within the last eight years prior to matriculation to satisfy the QR requirement.
Math W1003 (or the equivalent) may count toward the QR requirement only.
Frontiers of Science
Science C1000-Frontiers of Science satisfies both the QR requirement and one course of the GS science requirement when passed with a letter-grade of C or above. Students must score at least 16 on the GS QR assessment to enroll in Frontiers of Science.
The following courses have been approved as satisfying the Quantitative Reasoning requirement if completed with a satisfactory letter grade. (BC indicates a Barnard College course.) This list is updated annually. If a particular quantitative reasoning course does not appear on the list, students should ask their GS advisor about its appropriateness for the requirement.
- Economics BC2411-Statistics for Economics
- Philosophy V1401-Elementary Logic
- Philosophy V3411-Symbolic Logic (may also be counted toward the Science requirement)
- Political Science BC3345-Statistical Analysis of Politics and Policy
- Political Science W4209-Game Theory and Political Theory
- Political Science W4360-Mathematical Methods for Political Science
- Political Science W4910 -Principles of Quantitative Political Research
- Psychology BC1101-Statistics
- Psychology W1610-Statistics for Behavioral Scientists (may also be counted toward the Science requirement)
- Sociology W2220-Evaluation of Evidence
- Sociology BC3211-Quantitative Methods
- Sociology V3212-Statistics for Social Research
- Sociology V3213-Methods for Social Research
- Urban Studies V3200-Spatial Analysis: GIS Methods and Urban Case Studies
Note that Barnard students are given preference for enrollment in Barnard courses that may fulfill the GS QR requirement. Barnard courses that fulfill a GS core requirement will not necessarily count toward a major at Columbia if a student chooses to major or concentrate in one of these fields. (See individual departments concerning courses approved and required for the major.)