The ability to understand and apply quantitative, mathematical and computational reasoning is an important component in the development of independent and logical thinking. Quantitative literacy is also essential for students to become informed citizens. These courses will introduce students to fundamental mathematical knowledge, including an understanding of the nature of mathematics and quantitative and statistical argumentation. More specifically, students will
- be able to use quantitative reasoning skills to make informed, analytical decisions on matters that are important to their lives, professions and society.
- be able to discern when quantitative reasoning and mathematical tools are necessary in reaching fair, equitable and ethical conclusions, and to discern when such tools are misused in arguing such conclusions.
- be able to comprehend, critique, create and communicate arguments supported by quantitative evidence.
For students who arrive at LMU with a higher level of quantitative literacy, as determined by a placement exam, this requirement may be satisfied by other courses emphasizing more abstract mathematical and computational reasoning.
Note that there are criteria for two categories of Quantitative Reasoning courses. Most students will satisfy this requirement with a Quantitative Reasoning course. For students who arrive at LMU with a higher level of quantitative literacy, as determined by a placement exam, this requirement may be satisfied by a Mathematical Reasoning course emphasizing more abstract mathematical and computational reasoning, or more advanced methods of quantitative and statistical reasoning.