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Math, Computing, and Science Changes - Effective Fall 2021

​Background

Math and Computing Domain courses are particularly relevant to achieving the goals stated in 3.1.B. of DePaul’s 2024 strategic plan, to "ensure that all graduates demonstrate core competencies and transferable skills (e.g., cultural agility; technological, information, and data literacy; computational thinking; critical and systems thinking; effective communication; and ethical and moral reasoning)."

To adequately prepare our students in statistical and computational reasoning skills, the Math and Computing domain offers two categories of courses: Statistical Reasoning (SR) and Computational Reasoning (CR).

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Acronyms on this page
QR = Quantitative Reasoning (LSP 120) formerly QRTL I
MCD = Math & Computing Domain, which presently has two kinds of classes (CR and SR)

CR = Computational Reasoning
SR = Statistical Reasoning

SID = Scientific Inquiry Domain, which presently has three kinds of classes (SI-E, SI-Lab, and SI-SWK) but in fall 2021 changes to two kinds (SI-Lab and SI-SWK)
SI-E = SI - Elective (phasing out beginning fall 2021)
SI-Lab = SI - Laboratory
SI-SWK = SI - Science as a Way of Knowing

Courses approved for MCD

Computational Reasoning (CR)

  • GEO 141: DIGITAL MAPPING
  • GEO 243: EARTH OBSERVATION 
  • IT 123: INTRO TO COMPUTATIONAL REASONING

Statistical Reasoning (SR)

  • CMNS 282: STATISTICS IN HUMAN COMMUNICATION
  • IT 223: DATA ANALYSIS
  • MAT 348: APPLIED STATISTICAL METHODS
  • PSC 205: STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • SOC 279: INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Exemption, Waiver, and Outplacement Policies

Waivers depend on one’s major program requirements. Students who complete Quantitative Reasoning (LSP 120) and both a Computational Reasoning course and a Statistical Reasoning course in MCD take one less Learning Domain course. This waiver cannot be applied to courses in MCD or SID. If a student has completed all LSP domain requirements at the time of passing QR/MCD courses, then an open elective may be waived.

The Quantitative Reasoning Proficiency Exam may be taken at any time by any student. A student who passes the Proficiency Exam is exempt from the QR requirement. Passing the exam earns no credit hours; a student who passes the exam will have an additional open elective in his or her program. Proficiency exams for courses in the MCD will not be offered.

Any calculus course (taken at DePaul, or transfer, CLEP, or AP credit) may be used to fulfil any of the three QR/MCD requirements, at advisor discretion. For example, three quarters of Calculus can replace QR and two MCD requirements.

Programs whose required courses substantially cover the learning outcomes of QR, SR, and CR may petition for exemptions.

Transfer classes and credit by examination will be treated with the same policy used for other LSP learning domains (see the Liberal Studies Program Guidelines).

Transfer courses are treated as their DePaul articulations for exemption purposes.

Transfer, CLEP, or AP credit equivalent to an existing SR course or more advanced course in Statistics fulfills the MCD SR requirement. A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Statistics Exam waives SR in the MCD.

Transfer, CLEP, or AP credit equivalent to an existing CR course or more advanced course in Computer Science fulfills the MCD CR requirement. A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Computer Science Principles or a score of 3, 4, or 5 the AP Computer Science A Exam waives CR in the MCD.

A student who transfers to DePaul having met the IAI/GECC requirements may be exempt from QR, MCD, and SI.

The QR and MCD requirements do not apply to students in the Honors Program. Students in the Honors Program are required to take HON 180 “Data Analysis and Statistics.”

Students in the BFA programs are required to take QR or demonstrate proficiency via the QR Proficiency Exam.

Modern Language Option waivers cannot be applied to courses in MCD and SID. The QR/MCD waiver (formerly QRTL waiver) and the MLO waiver should only be applied to LSP domains that have two or more requirements left. Students must complete at least one course in each domain, whether through transfer/test credit or DePaul credit. If a student can use both the QR/MCD waiver and the MLO waiver, both waivers should, when possible, not be applied to the same LSP domain. 

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