2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog

2008-2009 Catalog

Quantitative Skills Requirement

Before the start of the senior year, each student must have demonstrated competence in college-level mathematics or quantitative skills by:

•     Passing with an honor grade an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate (higher level) or A-level examination in mathematics or<

•     Passing one course with a grade of at least 2.0 from those designated with a “Q”in the Tri-Co Course Guide.

The purpose of the quantitative requirement is to provide the Bryn Mawr graduate with the competence to evaluate and manage the wide array of information underlying many of the decisions she will make as an individual and as a member of society. The range of potentially useful quantitative skills is extensive and cannot be covered by any individual course. However, a single course can give the student an appreciation of the value of quantitative analysis as well as increase the facility and confidence with which she uses quantitative skills in her later academic, professional and private roles.

A course meeting the quantitative requirement will provide the student with the skills to estimate and check answers to quantitative problems in order to determine reasonableness, identify alternatives and select optimal results. Such a course is designed to help students develop a coherent set of quantitative skills that become progressively more sophisticated and can be transferred to other contexts. In all cases, courses meeting the quantitative requirement will have rigor consistent with the academic standards of the department(s) in which they are located.

Students who matriculated in the fall of 2002 or thereafter may count a single course or exam towards both the quantitative requirement and a divisional requirement, so long as that course is identified as Q and Division I, II, or III in the Tri-Co Course Guide.

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Updated August 25, 2008 by Tracy Kellmer