Potential Pathways

The CSU currently treats all students the same in evaluating Quantitative Reasoning (QR) coursework. However, students have vastly different needs depending on their career choices, aspirations, skills, interests, and high school offerings. This proposal takes into account the varying student pathways and interests and allows students to focus on skills most needed to support their academic goals.

Below are examples of how students with different interests may meet the proposed admission requirement in quantitative reasoning.  


This student wants to study in the STEM field and is on the traditional math pathway, which takes her through four years of mathematics. She starts at the CSU ready to continue her studies in STEM.​


This student does not want to be a STEM major. He completed Algebra II/Integrated Math III by his junior year and needs a different pathway to meet the proposed requirement. Research suggests that not taking a quantitative reasoning course, in his senior year, is not supportive of future college success.

  • The CSU recommends that students in this situation enroll in a “g" elective course in their senior year to avoid a gap in practicing quantitative reasoning. This course would include a wide range of courses including computer science, engineering, finance, statistics, etc.


This student is interested in psychology, sociology, economics or any other field that relies heavily on statistics. They completed Algebra II/Integrated Math III and does not need to continue on an algebra pathway.

  • The CSU recommends students in this situation take a statistics course in either “c" or “g" may be the most appropriate course for successful academic preparation.


This student is undecided about his future academic and career plans. 

  • The CSU wants to ensure STEM options still remain open to undecided students. Research suggests that a “c" mathematics course beyond Algebra II/Integrated Math III is the best course of action for students in this situation. Students may participate in a CSU Bridge course designed for those who want to keep a STEM option open but aren't interested in taking pre-calculus or a higher level math course in their senior year.