Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2020 Bulletin

Master Quantitative Problem Solving (QPS)

Mathematics is beautiful. Despite being the product of man’s purest intellectual pursuit, mathematics is, nonetheless, a very human topic as demonstrated by the beauty we perceive in a nautilus shell or the image of the Vitruvian man. We humans have taken the exact and perfect rules of mathematics as the basis for contributions to everything from science and art to economics and music.

Because many of the other courses depend on the mastery of quantitative analysis, we highly recommend that students complete their quantitative problem solving requirement in their first year at Stony Brook.

To satisfy the QPS learning objective, students must pass a QPS certified course with a letter grade of C or higher.

Learning Outcomes for “Master Quantitative Problem Solving”

1. Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, or schematics.
2. Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally.
3. Employ quantitative methods such as algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics to solve problems.
4. Estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness.
5. Recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods.

Standards for “Master Quantitative Problem Solving”

1. A certified course shall teach a well-defined area of mathematics such as university-level geometry, statistics, or calculus. The course will address at least four of the above Outcomes.
2. MAP courses will not be considered for certification in Mastering Quantitative Problem Solving

Note: A score of 6 or higher on the proctored Math Placement Exam also fulfills the learning outcome in QPS.  See link for more information.

For a list of Stony Brook courses that satisfy these learning objectives and standards, complete a course search at this link.