UW-Madison Mathematics Requirements
Requirement for all UW-Madison students - Quantitative Reasoning
Every Madison student must meet a two-part Quantitative Reasoning requirement to graduate.
Part A: Sufficiently high placement score or a designated course in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or formal logic.
Part B: An additional course from a designated list of courses having a substantial component of quantitative reasoning. This list includes courses from many departments.
The "sufficiently high" placement score to satisfy Part A of this requirement is placement into Mathematics 114. A student who has done well (grade of A) in an academically rigorous Algebra II course in high school has a reasonable expectation of attaining this score if she/he maintains her/his mathematics skills and understanding until reaching college. Your EMPT score from this program gives you an indication of where you presently stand. However, it is your actual placement score from next year that will determine whether you meet Part A by means of test score.
UW-Madison Mathematics Course Sequence
Major | Required Mathematics Course |
Agriculture | |
Ag Bus Mgt, Ag Econ, Wildlife | 211 + stat, comp sci |
Ag Engineering | 211 or 221 + stat, comp sci |
Ag Ed, Ag Journalism, Agronomy, Dietetics, Entomology, Food Science, Forest Sci, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Nutrition, Poultry Sci, Rural Soc, Soil Sci | 112, 113 + a course from calculus, stat or comp sci |
Dairy Sci, Animal Sci, Plant Pathology | 112 + stat |
Arts | |
Art, Music, Theatre & Drama | Q.R. only |
Biological Sciences | |
Microbiology | 112 + 113, calc + stats |
Biochemistry | 222 |
Genetics | 221 or 171 + 217 |
Medical Microbiology and Immunology | Q.R. only |
Molecular Biology | 222 or 213 + stats |
Botany, Zoology | Q.R. only |
Business | |
Actuarial Sci | 431 + stats |
Finance | 213 or 222 |
Accounting, Info Systems, Management & Human Resources, Marketing, Operations Info Mgt, Real Estate, Risk Mgt & Insurance, Transportation & Public Utilities | 211 |
Communications | |
Comm Arts, Journalism, Radio Television, Film | Q.R.- A and B |
Education | |
Continuing and Adult | 112 |
Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, Family, Consumer and Community | 101, Q.R., more |
Engineering | |
Chemical | 234 + higher math and stats |
Civil, Geological, Material, Mechanical | 234 |
Electrical & Computer, Eng Mechanics, Industrial, Nuclear | 234 + higher math |
Family Resources & Consumer Sciences | |
Human Development & Family Studies, Textile & Apparel Design | Q.R.-A + stats |
Consumer Sci, Retailing | Q.R.-A + 210, 211 or 221 + stats |
Interior Design | Q.R.-A |
Health Sciences & Professions | |
Dietetics | 112, 113 + stats |
Exercise Sci | 211 |
Med Technology | 113 |
Occupational Therapy | 101 + Q.R. (112 recommended) |
Physicians Assistant | 101 + Q.R. |
Pre Med | 113 (calc recommended) |
Pre Vet | Stat + Q.R. |
Rehab Psych | 101 unless exempt, then Q.R.-A and B |
Humanities | |
Art History, Area Studies, Classics, Ethnic & Gender Studies, History, Languages & Literatures, Integrated Liberal Studies, Philosophy | Q.R. only |
Mathematical Sciences | |
Applied Mathematics, Engineering & Physics Program, Computer Sciences, | 222 + higher math |
Mathematics, Statistics | 234 + higher math |
Pharmacy | |
All majors | 221 |
Physical Sciences | |
Astronomy-Physics | 222 |
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sci | 234 |
Chemistry | 222 |
Geology & Geophysics | 213 or 222 |
Physics | 234 |
Social Studies | |
Economics | 211 or 221 |
Anthropology, Geography, International Relations, Political Science | Q.R. only |
Sociology, Social Work, Psychology | Stat + Q.R. |
*In the listings above, Q.R. stands for Quantitative Reasoning (see previous section). Q.R. requirements apply to students in ALL majors and programs, but are only mentioned for majors whose specific mathematics course requirements are no higher than Mathematics 101.
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