Quantitative Reasoning with Data

The Quantitative Reasoning with Data (QRD) requirement introduces students to mathematical, statistical, and computational methods that will enable students to think critically about data as it is employed in fields of inquiry across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Starting in Fall 2019, students must fulfill the QRD requirement by completing a course approved for QRD.  Students can consult the list of courses approved for QRD. QRD courses offered in 2019-20 can be found in the my.harvard course search. Here is a list of Harvard Summer School 2020 courses that are approved for the QRD requirement. 

Students in the classes of 2020, 2021, 2022, and earlier must fulfill the QRD requirement by completing either one course that fulfilled the Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning requirement (to include courses in the departments of Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics) or one course in Quantitative Reasoning with Data. Returning students can consult a list of courses previously approved for Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning.

A course used to fulfill the QRD requirement may be taken pass/fail, with the permission of the instructor.  However, when the same course is being used to fulfill a concentration or secondary field requirement, there may be limitations on the pass/fail options.  Students should consult with their advisers before choosing this option.

A course taken to fulfill the QRD requirement cannot be counted towards the College's Divisional Distribution requirement.

There are no constraints regarding the timing of this requirement, as long as it is completed by graduation.

Please consult the Harvard College Handbook for students for more information on requirements for the Harvard College degrees.  Questions about the QRD requirement may be sent to qrd@fas.harvard.edu.