Quantitative Reasoning

Guidelines for Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in mathematics, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course. 

Course work used to satisfy Quantitative Reasoning must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better.

How to Satisfy Quantitative Reasoning

Satisfying Quantitative Reasoning with an Exam


Minimum Score Required to Satisfy Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Math Section on exams administered January 2016 and PRIOR 600
SAT Math Section on exams administered March 2016 and BEYOND 620
SAT Subject Test, Math Level 2 520
ACT - Math Portion 28
Advanced Placement Exams in Calculus AB or BC 3, 4, or 5
Advanced Placement Exam in Computer Science Principles 3, 4, or 5
Advanced Placement Exam in Statistics 3, 4, or 5
International Baccalaureate Higher Level (HL) Exam in Mathematics or Computer Science 5, 6 or 7
GCE A-level Mathematics Exam A, B, or C (or 1, 2, or 3)
Quantitative Reasoning exam offered by the Department of Mathematics(link is external) administered at the beginning of each semester on the Berkeley campus. 26

Satisfying Quantitative Reasoning with a Berkeley Course

The following Berkeley course options, completed with a letter grade of C- or higher, satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement:

DepartmentCourse Options
Computer Science(link is external) COMPSCI C8, 10, W10, 61A, 61B, 61C, 70
Data Science(link is external)(link is external) COMPSCI, INFO or STAT C8
Mathematics(link is external) MATH 1A, 1B, 10A, 10B, X11, X12, 16A, 16B, 32, N32, 53, H53, W53, 54, H54, 55, 74
Statistics(link is external) STAT 2, X10, C8, 20, 21, W21

Be sure to review the course description and pre-requisites in the Berkeley Academic Guide to ensure adequate preparation before enrolling. The Department of Mathematics also offers a guide to help students choose between MATH 32, 16A and 1A.

Most students who have not fulfilled this requirement prior to admission enroll in MATH 32 (Pre-Calculus), STAT 2 (Introduction to Statistics) or COMPSCI/INFO/STAT C8 (Foundations of Data Science).

Those students prepared to complete an upper division (100-199) course in lieu of the courses noted above, should contact L&S advising (asklns@berkeley.edu) to confirm approval prior to enrollment. Only courses valued at 3 units or higher, and with a prerequisite of one of the courses noted above will be considered.

Satisfying Quantitative Reasoning with a Transfer Course

All transfer courses pursued for Quantitative Reasoning must be completed with a C- or higher. 

  • Students admitted with IGETC Certification or UC Reciprocity have satisfied Quantitative Reasoning. No additional course work is required. 
  • Continuing Berkeley students who have already completed course work at Berkeley may pursue a pre-approved course for Quantitative Reasoning at a California Community College during the summer, or while not enrolled at Berkeley during a fall or spring term. To identify pre-approved courses for Quantitative Reasoning, use ASSIST.org.  
  • Other Pre-Calculus, Calculus or Introduction to Statistics transfer courses from accredited higher education institutions may also be considered. Talk to an L&S College Adviser or email AskLnS@berkeley.edu for more information.