Quantitative Literacy Requirement Options

There are several pathways (PDF) you can follow to help you meet the GE Quantitative Literacy requirement, but most pathways begin with the ALEKS placement assessment. Determine whether you are required to use ALEKS.

There are four courses that satisfy the Quantitative Literacy requirement:

  • MATH 110 College Algebra
  • MATH 115 Mathematics in Society
  • MATH 130 Introduction to Statistics
  • UNRS 299 Statistics and Data Management for Nursing and Health Care

Students whose major and minor do not require a specific course from this list (scroll down for details) are strongly encouraged to take MATH 115 Mathematics in Society.

Students who achieve any of the scores in the table below have already satisfied the Quantitative Literacy requirement and need to take an additional course from above only if required to do so for their major or minor.

Passing Scores
Scores Results
SAT Math (640 or higher on NEW version) Treated as if you have passed MATH 110 College Algebra at the level of a B- or higher
SAT Math (620 or higher on OLD version)
ACT Math (27 or higher)
High School Calculus (at least one semester with a grade of B or higher)
High School Precalculus (at least one semester with a grade of A- or higher)
CLEP College Algebra, Precalculus, or Calculus (50 or higher) Treated as if you have passed MATH 110 College Algebra at the level of a B- or higher; credit granted (click on the links at left for details)
IB Mathematics (5, 6, or 7)
AP Calculus AB or BC (3, 4, or 5)
AP Statistics (3, 4, or 5) Credit granted for MATH 130 Introduction to Statistics
ALEKS (65-100) Treated as if you have passed MATH 110 College Algebra at the level of a B- or higher
ALEKS (60-64) Treated as if you have passed MATH 110 College Algebra at the level of C or higher (fails to meet the grade minimum of B- required as a prerequisite for CHEM 151 or to apply to any of the majors in the School of Business and Management other than the B.A. in Business Management)

Quantitative Literacy Courses

The information below is intended to help you with choosing a Quantitative Literacy course. Generally, students whose major and minor do not require them to take MATH 110, MATH 130, or UNRS 299 should take MATH 115 Mathematics in Society. Consult the relevant sections of the APU Catalog to confirm major and minor requirements.

MATH 110 College Algebra

(Prerequisite: MATH 95 Intermediate Algebra or ALEKS score of 45 or higher)

This course emphasizes algebraic reasoning and mathematical modeling and is a prerequisite for MATH 149 Fundamentals of Precalculus, MATH 150 Precalculus, MATH 151 Applied Calculus I, and a number of other courses.

  • MATH 110 (or equivalent) is required for the following majors: allied health, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer information systems, computer science, liberal studies, mathematics, physics, psychology concentrations that list MATH 110 as a prerequisite, and all majors in the School of Business and Management
  • MATH 110 (or equivalent) is required for the following minors: biology, chemistry, computer information systems, computer science, liberal studies (if MATH 201 is selected), mathematics, physics, statistics, and all minors in the School of Business and Management

MATH 115 Mathematics in Society

(Prerequisite: MATH 90 Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning or ALEKS score of 30 or higher)

Students who are not required to take MATH 110, MATH 130, or UNRS 299 for their major or minor are strongly encouraged to take MATH 115 to satisfy their Quantitative Literacy requirement. MATH 115 helps students make sense of quantitative information commonly encountered in everyday life. Students learn to analyze phenomena such as carbon footprints, crime rates, currency conversions, taxes, minimum wages, inflation, grade-point averages, salary distributions, electricity bills, climate change predictions, interest and depreciation, gambling, insurance, screening for diseases, and DNA evidence.

MATH 130 Introduction to Statistics

(Prerequisite: MATH 90 Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning or ALEKS score of 30 or higher)

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and practices of statistics. It is a prerequisite for the following courses:

  • SOC 472 Quantitative Social Research Methods
  • PSYC 362 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 462 Research Methods II
  • PSYC 480 Psychological Testing and Measurement
  • SOCW 478 Social Work Research Methods
  • ECON 452 Econometrics
  • FIN 434 Derivatives
  • MKTG 363 Marketing Research

MATH 130 (or equivalent) is required for the following majors: allied health, liberal studies (psychology and mathematics concentrations only), mathematics (secondary mathematics education track only), psychology, social work, sociology, and all majors in the School of Business and Management

MATH 130 (or equivalent) is required for the following minors: finance, marketing

UNRS 299 Statistics and Data Management for Nursing and Health Care

(Prerequisite: MATH 95 Intermediate Algebra or ALEKS score of 45 or higher)

This course is generally open only to nursing majors.

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