(Updated - 03/2017)

3-6 semester hours. Liberally educated people should be able to think at a certain level of abstraction and to manipulate symbols. This requirement has two principal objectives. The first is to provide students with the analytical tools used in core curriculum courses and in their major areas of study. The second is to help students acquire the reasoning skills necessary to assess adequately the data which will confront them in their daily lives. Students completing this requirement should be able to: construct a logical argument based on the rules of inference; analyze, present, and interpret numerical data; estimate orders of magnitude as well as obtain exact results when appropriate; and apply mathematical methods to solve problems in their university work and in their daily lives.

Students can fulfill the requirement by passing one of the courses or sequences of courses listed below or by passing the CU-Boulder QRMS proficiency exam. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.

  • ECEN 1500-3 Sustainable Energy
  • ECON 1078-3 Mathematical Tools for Economists 1
  • ECON 1088-3 Mathematical Tools for Economists 2 (*New since last Catalog was published)
  • MATH 1011-3 College Algebra
  • MATH 1012-3 Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Skills
  • MATH 1071-3 Finite Mathematics for Social Science and Business
  • MATH 1081-3 Calculus for Social Science and Business
  • MATH 1110-3 and 1120-3 Mathemetics for Elementary Educators 1 and 2
  • MATH 1130-3 Mathematics From the Visual Arts
  • MATH 1112-4 Mathematical Analysis in Business
  • MATH 1150-4 Precalculus Mathematics
  • MATH 1212-3 Data and Models
  • MATH 2380-3 Mathematics for the Environment
  • PHYS 1010-3 Physics of Everyday Life 1
  • PHYS 1020-4 Physics of Everyday Life 2
  • PSCI 2075-3 Quantitative Research Methods
  • PSCI 3105-3 Designing Social Inquiry
  • Any 3 credits of mathematics courses numbered MATH 1300 and above or applied mathematics courses numbered APPM 1350 and above.