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Mathematical Sciences for Quantitative Reasoning

Over the last two years, humankind has generated 90% of the data that has ever been produced. In our increasingly data-rich world, individuals with Quantitative Reasoning (QR) skills are better prepared to succeed in their academic, professional, civic, and personal lives. The ability to extract information from data, create well-reasoned arguments supported by quantitative evidence, and share those arguments using compelling verbal, written, and visual communication methods enables a richer understanding of problems and improves decision-making in a wide range of applied contexts. These skills have been identified as required competencies for many of the most in-demand 21st-century careers and are necessary preparation for graduate-level coursework in STEM-related graduate programs.

The ability to extract information from data, create well-reasoned arguments supported by quantitative evidence, and share those arguments using compelling verbal, written, and visual communication methods enables a richer understanding of problems and improves decision-making in a wide range of applied contexts."

Faculty at the School of Professional Studies realize that inadequate preparation in mathematical sciences may be one factor limiting the development of QR skills and hindering academic and professional success. To address this need, the school is creating a uniquely tailored 7-week intensive workshop, Mathematical Sciences for Quantitative Reasoning, designed to build students’ foundational mathematics knowledge and their ability to apply new learning to solve real-world problems. The course curriculum begins with topics in algebra, linear algebra (including matrices and vector spaces), and calculus (including functions, limits, derivatives, and integrals). Students will then learn about descriptive statistics, graphical and numerical summaries, probability, the theory of sampling distributions, linear regression, analysis of variance, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.  Real-world examples and practical industry applications will be integrated throughout the workshop to illustrate how quantitative reasoning is used to improve decision-making. Students will be given the opportunity to work with data to develop their applied quantitative reasoning skills.

  • Record and organize data, write formulas, and do basic calculations using Excel spreadsheets.
  • Interpret tables, charts, and graphs. Communicate findings.
  • Calculate and interpret various statistics describing the distribution of market returns and other variables.
  • Use linear regression to analyze practical business problems and situations and apply this analysis to make decisions.

Mathematical Sciences for Quantitative Reasoning will launch in a fully online format during the Spring 2021 term, with the first evening of class on March 9 and the final class on April 22. More than 40 hours of instruction will be delivered over the 7-week workshop, with a workshop fee of $7,180. Class sessions will be held twice weekly on Zoom to allow for an immersive learning experience where students receive frequent feedback from faculty. The workshop’s online format will blend real-time instruction with asynchronous content and learning activities, enabling students to revisit topics as often as needed.

Mathematical Sciences for Quantitative Reasoning delivers a unique solution for learners with a limited background in college-level mathematical sciences coursework. The workshop also serves as an efficient option for prospective and admitted graduate students seeking a mathematics refresher in preparation for advanced studies, and it presents a meaningful way for industry professionals to enhance their skills for immediate benefit in their careers.