New AAS-DTA QSR Requirements
The following guidelines apply only to students interested in earning the Associate in Arts and Sciences (AAS-DTA) degree. Other BC associate degrees are not affected by this change.
What is happening to the AAS-DTA degree?
There is a new Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) requirement for students graduating Winter 2014 and beyond. The intermediate algebra proficiency requirement currently in place will no longer be required. Students who started at BC prior to Summer 2013 can choose to graduate under the old AAS-DTA (that requires proof of intermediate algebra proficiency) until Spring 2015, or the new AAS-DTA.
So what is this new QSR requirement?
Students graduating Winter 2014 or beyond can meet the new QSR graduation requirements at BC by completing MATH&107 or MATH 130 (or PHIL& 120 IF completed Summer 2013 and later). These three courses now have a prerequisite of MATH 098, and therefore some students might not need to take MATH 099, depending on their major and the college or university they want to attend.** Please meet with an academic advisor to determine if one of these three courses meet requirements for your college major and career plans.
All other math courses numbered 100 and above will continue to satisfy the new QSR requirement.
** IMPORTANT: You will no longer be required to prove intermediate algebra proficiency to earn the new AAS-DTA degree at BC, but UW still requires proof of intermediate algebra proficiency for admission. More information for UW admissions at http://admit.washington.edu/Admission/Transfer/CADR#mathematics
In addition, a large number of majors require completion of college-level math courses that have a prerequisite of MATH 099. Contact the college or university you want to attend to determine the math requirements for your major.
I started at BC Summer Quarter 2013 or later. Can I choose to graduate under the old or the new QSR requirements?
No, you must follow the new QSR requirements.
I started at BC before Summer Quarter 2013, so I have to choose: should I graduate under the old or the new QSR requirements?
Students who took classes at BC prior to Summer 2013 can choose from either the new requirements or the old requirements. To help you decide which option to use, read the following explanations of the new and old requirements very, very carefully all the way to the end of this FAQ sheet!
Important: There is no mixing or matching between the old and new QSR requirements. If you started at BC prior to Summer 2013 you either have to complete all of the old requirements or complete all of the new requirements!
So what is this new Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) requirement for students graduating Winter 2014 and beyond?
Choose one from the following:
Mathematics 107*, 130*, 131, 132, 138, 141,142, 148, 151, 152, 153, 208, 238, 240, 254, 255.
Philosophy 120 (completed Summer 2013 or later)
What are the old QSR requirements that students can elect to follow if they started at BC prior to Summer 2013?
There are two parts to the old requirements and BOTH must be met: 1) Intermediate Algebra Proficiency, AND 2) Quantitative Symbolic Reasoning.
Note: The last quarter students can graduate under the old requirements is Spring Quarter 2015.
Requirement #1: Intermediate Algebra Proficiency
This proficiency can be satisfied by one of the following three options:
- 1. Three years of high school mathematics [must include algebra, geometry, and advanced (second year) algebra].
- 2. Completion of an intermediate algebra course (Mathematics 099) with a grade of C or above.
- 3. Completion of a mathematics course for which intermediate algebra is a prerequisite: Mathematics 107 with a grade of C or above (ONLY IF TAKEN PRIOR TO SUMMER 2013. Math 107 taken Summer 2013 and beyond does not meet the intermediate algebra proficiency requirement), or one of the following courses: Mathematics 130†, 131†, 132†, 138, 141, 142, 148, 151, 152, 153, 208, 238, 240, 254, 255. Mathematics 107-255 (except for Math 107 and Math 130 taken Summer 2013 and later) satisfy both the Intermediate Algebra Proficiency and the Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning requirement listed below. †If selecting Mathematics 130, 131 or 132, see an academic advisor in the Advising Center.
Requirement #2: Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning: 5 credits.
Choose one from the following:
- Mathematics 107, 130, 131, 132, 138, 141,142, 148, 151, 152, 153, 208, 238, 240, 254, 255
- Business Administration 240
- Computer Science 210
- Philosophy 115, 120
- Programming 110
Here are some more FAQs to help students decide between the old and new QSR requirements
I took Math& 107, Math 130 or Phil&120 Summer Quarter 2013 or later. I know I can use them to graduate under the new requirements starting Winter 2014, but can I use them to graduate under the old requirements?
If you took these three courses Summer Quarter 2013 and later, to graduate under the old requirements you will also need to meet the intermediate algebra proficiency requirement.
What if I completed Phil& 120, Phil 106 or Phil 115 prior to Summer 2013?
These courses will not satisfy the new QSR requirement. They will meet the old QSR requirement only by also meeting the intermediate algebra proficiency requirement.
Review “Requirement #1” for the list of ways to complete the Intermediate Algebra Proficiency Requirement.
Until Spring 2015 can I still take Phil 115 to meet the old QSR requirement?
Yes, Phil 115 meets the old QSR requirement if you also meet the intermediate algebra proficiency requirement. This course will not meet the new QSR requirement. Review “Requirement #1” for the list of ways to complete the Intermediate Algebra Proficiency Requirement.
I took PHIL& 120 prior to Summer 2013. Can I repeat PHIL& 120 now to graduate under the new requirements?
While it is not advisable since other colleges and universities might not accept the class if you repeat it (check with them first), if you want to use PHIL& 120 to complete the new QSR requirements, you will need to have completed MATH 098 in order to be able to register for the class.
Still have questions?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Academic Advising at 425.564.2212. If you are close to graduating you can also email email@example.com or call Evaluations/Graduation at 425.564.3106