Quantitative
Reasoning Across the Curriculum
Hollins University
Introduction
In order to become effective citizens, workers, advocates indeed in order to perform a great variety of roles students must become competent in using and reading quantitative data, in understanding quantitative evidence and in applying basic quantitative skills so that they can solve real life problems. Such skills are usually taught through work in mathematics and statistics courses, but they can be taught more effectively through work in courses within the students’ chosen major (or minor) discipline. A program that involves quantitative reasoning across the curriculum gives students the opportunity to learn the broad significance and applicability of quantitative reasoning in the particular subjects that are meaningful, important and interesting to them.
The Quantitative Reasoning Requirement at Hollins
In 2001 Hollins University implemented a two part Quantitative Reasoning program consisting of a QR Basic Skills requirement and an QR Applied Skills requirement. This program will ensure that all Hollins graduates have not only a mastery of basic quantitative reasoning skills but also an appreciation for how these skills apply to the liberal arts curriculum.
QR Basic Skills Description of Basic Requirement QR Basic Skills Course

QR Applied Skills Description of Applied Requirement QR Applied Skills Courses

NSF
Grant 20002001 Faculty Development in QR Grant Summary Grant Activities Course Development MAAAMS San Diego Talk 
The
QR Basic Skills Requirement
The
QR basic skills requirement is designed to help students gain an understanding
of fundamental mathematical skills that they need to be successful in courses
that require quantitative reasoning. The
basic skills requirement can be satisfied by achieving a satisfactory score on
the Quantitative Reasoning Assessment (given to new students every fall) or by
passing Mathematics 100, Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning.
This basic skills requirement is a prerequisite for all courses
satisfying the QR applied skills requirement and must be completed by the end of
each student’s sophomore year. A
student who has satisfied the QR basic skills requirement will demonstrate a
baseline understanding of various quantitative topics (algebra, graphing,
geometry, data analysis and linearity).
The
QR Applied Skills Requirement
The
applied skills requirement is designed to provide students with the opportunity
to apply mathematical and quantitative skills as they solve problems in their
chosen disciplines. The applied
skills requirement can be satisfied by passing a course designated as a QR
applied course. Our goal is for
students to choose a QR applied course in their major or minor field.
A QR applied course should involve students in the application of
quantitative skills that arise naturally in the course, in a way that advances
the goals of the course and in a manner than is not merely a rote application of
a mathematical procedure. Writing,
student collaboration and thoughtful use of instructional technology all have
important places in a QR applied course.
List of QR Applied Skills Courses (top)
Art 261  Ancient Art 
Biology 121  Plants and People 
Biology 207&L  Ecology 
Biology 241&L  Plan Biology Lab 
Business 349  Corporate Finance 
Chemistry 101  General Chemistry I 
Chemistry 105  Principles of Chemistry 
Chemistry 204  General Chemistry II 
Chemistry 214  Analytical Chemistry 
Classics 261  Ancient Art 
Computer Science 160  Computer Science I 
Communications 205  Research Methods in Communications 
Economics 110  Women and Economics 
Economics 241  Economics of Social Issues 
Economics 254  Economics of Health Care 
Economics 261  Public Finance 
Economics 272  Money, Credit, and Banking 
Economics 321  Macroeconomic Theory and Policy 
History 207S  France Since the Revolution 
History 255S  US Social History 
History 343  European Imperialism 
Mathematics 140  Precalculus 
Mathematics 152  Intuitive Calculus 
Mathematics 241  Calculus I 
Mathematics 242  Calculus II 
Mathematics 255  Methods of Matrices and Linear Algebra 
Philosophy 211  Symbolic Logic 
Physics 151&L  Physical Principles I 
Physics 152&L  Physical Principles II 
Physics 201&L  Analytical Physics I 
Physics 202&L  Analytical Physics II 
Political Science 216  Research Methods in Political Science 
Psychology 318  Human Memory 
Sociology 341  Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine 
Sociology 358  Methods of Social Research 
Statistics 140  Introduction to Statistics 
Statistics 251  Statistical Methods I 
Theatre 253  Lighting Design 
Women's Studies 111  Women and Economics 