General education requirement for Math to change this fall

Effective this fall, Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) will replace Symbolic Reasoning (FS) as a General Education requirement. That means students entering WCC or any campus in the UH system this fall or beyond will be required to satisfy the FQ requirement for the AA degree in Liberal Arts, AA degree in Hawaiian Studies or the ASNS degree.

The primary goal of FQ courses is to develop mathematical reasoning skills at the college level. Students apply mathematical concepts to the interpretation and analysis of quantifiable information in order to solve a wide range of problems arising in pure and applied research in specific disciplines, professional settings or daily life.

Courses that currently will fulfill the new FQ requirement are Math 100, Math 103, Math 115, Math 135, Math 140, Math 203 and Phil 111. More FQ courses will be identified by the end of this semester. To get the most up-to-date information, watch the course availability site as any course that satisfies FQ will have the FQ notation under the far left column.

For students who entered the UH System prior to this fall and have been continuously enrolled, the general education requirement will remain FS.

To ensure there is adequate time for these students to complete their FS requirement, FS courses will be offered through summer 2020 at UH community colleges and through summer 2023 at the three UH baccalaureate institutions. Since there is a time limit for FS courses to be available, students who still have the FS requirement should plan carefully to complete their FS requirement before summer 2020 at the UH community colleges.

For more information, students should contact their designated school/college academic or faculty advisor.


by Jean Okumura, Special to Ka ‘Ohana