Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

Guidelines for Quantitative Reasoning Courses

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in mathematics, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course. Course work used to satisfy Quantitative Reasoning must be completed with a letter grade of C- or higher. 

Satisfying Quantitative Reasoning with an Exam

  • SAT Math Section - Minimum Score: 620
  • SAT Subject Test, Math Level 2 - Minimum Score: 520
  • ACT Math Portion - Minimum Score: 28
  • Advanced Placement Exams in Calculus AB or BC - Score: 3, 4, or 5
  • Advanced Placement Exam in Computer Science Principles - Score: 3, 4, or 5
  • Advanced Placement Exam in Statistics - Score: 3, 4, or 5
  • International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exam in Mathematics or Computer Science - Score: 5, 6, or 7
  • GCE A-Level Mathematics Exam - Score: A, B, or C
  • Quantitative Reasoning Exam offered by the Department of Mathematics - Minimum Score: 26

Satisfying Quantitative Reasoning Requirement with a Berkeley Course

The following Berkeley course options, completed with a letter grade of C- or higher, satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement:

COMPSCI C8Foundations of Data Science4
COMPSCI 10The Beauty and Joy of Computing4
COMPSCI W10The Beauty and Joy of Computing4
COMPSCI 61AThe Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs4
COMPSCI 61BData Structures4
COMPSCI 61CGreat Ideas of Computer Architecture (Machine Structures)4
COMPSCI 70Discrete Mathematics and Probability Theory4
INFO C8Foundations of Data Science4
MATH 1ACalculus4
MATH 1BCalculus4
MATH 10AMethods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics4
MATH 10BMethods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics4
MATH 16AAnalytic Geometry and Calculus3
MATH 16BAnalytic Geometry and Calculus3
MATH 32Precalculus4
MATH N32Precalculus4
MATH 53Multivariable Calculus4
MATH H53Honors Multivariable Calculus4
MATH W53Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 54Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
MATH H54Honors Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
MATH 55Discrete Mathematics4
MATH 74Transition to Upper Division Mathematics3
STAT 2Introduction to Statistics4
STAT C8Foundations of Data Science4
STAT 20Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
STAT 21Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business4
STAT W21Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business4

Satisfying Quantitative Requirement with a Transfer Course

All transfer courses pursued for Quantitative Reasoning must be completed with a C- or higher. 

  • Students admitted with IGETC Certification or UC Reciprocity have satisfied Quantitative Reasoning. No additional course work is required.
  • Continuing Berkeley students who have already completed course work at Berkeley may pursue a pre-approved course for Quantitative Reasoning at a California Community College during the summer, or while not enrolled at Berkeley during a fall or spring term. To identify pre-approved courses for Quantitative Reasoning, use ASSIST.org. 
    • UC Berkeley Extension course STAT X10 - Introduction to Statistics is an additional pre-approved transfer course option, completed with a C- or higher, and for Quantitative Reasoning through Spring 2019.
    • Other Pre-Calculus, Calculus or Introduction to Statistics transfer courses from accredited higher education institutions may also be considered. Talk to an L&S College Adviser or email (AskLnS@berkeley.edu) for more information.
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