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Quantitative Reasoning Substitution

Petitioning for a Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Requirement Substitution

All students are required to complete one “QR/1” course or two “QR/2” courses to satisfy the QR requirement. If you have taken a course that you think meets the spirit of the QR requirement, but it’s not on the approved QR list, you can petition the Academic Standards Board to be allowed to count that course toward the requirement. The Board will consider courses that were taken at another institution or in another college or school at U-M. (We do not consider LSA courses; those are vetted by the College Curriculum Committee at the department’s request.)

What Does the Board Look for in QR Petitions?

The “Reasoning” part of the course is critical. It should be a course in which you learned how to use quantitative data to analyze and solve problems, make predictions, and draw conclusions. The course should also include numerical or geometrical representations of real world phenomena. Courses that focus more on mathematical manipulation and computation will not be approved.

What Should I Include in My Petition?

  • The completed petition cover sheet
  • Your argument explaining how the course meets the QR criteria
  • Copies of your examinations and quizzes

A syllabus, course text, or letter from the instructor will not be considered as substitutes for the actual work done for the class.

How and Where Do I Submit My Petition?

Petitions and supporting documentation can be submitted in person, by mail, email, or FAX:

You will be notified of the Board’s decision by email.