UMass Boston

Quantitative Reasoning

A solid ability in quantitative reasoning is vital to functioning in our data-drenched society. At UMass Boston, students are expected to learn the ability to reason quantitatively and to use formal systems to solve problems of quantitative relationships involving numbers, symbols, patterns, data, and graphs. Through the quantitative reasoning requirement in our general education program, students will improve their capacity to:

  • pose problems that involve quantitative relationships in real-world data by means of numerical, symbolic, and visual representations;
  • solve problems, deduce consequences, formulate alternatives, and make predictions;
  • apply appropriate technologies; and
  • communicate and critique quantitative arguments orally and in writing.

How you meet the quantitative reasoning requirement depends on your college and degree program (click below for more information).

Students pursuing a BA degree

Students pursuing a BS degree