Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Q-course?

Q-courses are courses that have been enhanced with Quantitative Literacy.
These courses seek to develop quantitative reasoning skills of its undergraduates by increasing contextual learning and advance student knowledge of data analysis.

How Many Q-courses Do I Need to Graduate?

All undergraduate students of the 2012-2014 course catalogs or newer must complete at least one course in the University Core Curriculum designated as a Q-course to satisfy the Quantitative Scholarship requirement. In addition, any freshman admitted in 2011-12 are also required to complete a Q-course to satisfy the Quantitative Scholarship requirement.

Transfer students who have successfully completed the entire core curriculum at another public institution of higher education in Texas will be required
to complete at least one Q-workshop to meet the Quantitative Scholarship requirement. Q-workshops are held at different times during the academic year. For more information about the workshops, QLP Training Workshops for Transfer Students .

How Do I Sign Up for a Q-course?

When registering for classes, certain course sections will have a (Q) designation
in the class title, indicating it is a Quantitative Literacy course. This is also marked
by the QLC attribute in the course description. When considering which course to
take, consider visiting your college advisor for more information.

What is Quantitative Literacy?

Quantitative literacy is an individual’s ability to interpret and evaluate data.

“Quantitative” refers to the use of simple mathematical tools to solve real-world
data. Examples: balancing a checkbook, figuring out a tip, completing an order
form, or determining the amount of interest on a loan from an advertisement.

“Literacy” refers to the ability to understand information and write about the
patterns observed or form an argument about the implications of the data results.
Examples: interpreting athlete’s performance statistics, comparing viewpoints in
newspaper editorials, or identifying bias margins in voting polls.

Why Should I Take a Q-course?

Q-courses enhance core courses to better address the need for students to
analyze and makes decisions about data in their discipline. For examples of Q-courses, please visit the Featured course page.

How do I know if I have taken a Q-course yet?

Courses that satisfy the QLP graduation requirement have a (Q) designation in the course catalog title, as well as a comment attached that states “Course satisfies UTSA's quantitative scholarship requirement." Students can check their degree audit or inquire with their advisor if they have satisfied the Q-requirement yet.

Why are there so many QLP courses offered in the core curriculum?

The core classes are targeted for the modified curriculum because they affect students of all disciplines and have data-rich subject matter. The goal is for students to exit the core classes with a base-line quantitative skill set that enables them to succeed in post-baccalaureate studies and in their careers after graduation.

Are there any upper-division courses offered as Q?

Yes. There are select Q-sections offered in Architecture, Communication, Criminal Justice, Kiniseology, Sociology, and Special Education. For more information on the courses, please visit the Current Q-Courses page.

I am a senior and already applied for graduation, but have not taken a Q-course yet. Will this Q-requirement hold me back from graduating?

If you have the option to take a Q-course during your remaining semester, we highly recommend that you enroll in the Q-section of that course to satisfy your Q requirement. However, if you do not have that option, send an email to the QLP including your Banner ID, UTSAID, and graduation semester so they can check your available options manually. If you know your assigned academic advisor's name, please include that in the message as well for verification.

This is the first I’ve heard of QLP. Why haven’t students been better informed about this requirement?

The QLP staff strives to work alongside advisors to inform students of this requirement throughout the year through promotions and informational pamphlets given out at orientations, registration periods, and publicity events.