Questions about the curriculum

Q: What introductory statistics course should I take?

A: For its major and minor, QSS accepts any introductory statistics
course offered at Dartmouth. That said, it is best to take a statistic
class that is taught using the statistical computing environment
called R. QSS 15, which is the QSS introductory statistics course,
uses R. Some sections of Government 10 use R. If you have taken an
introductory statistic course that does not use R, for example,
Economics 10, this is not a serious problem. It means only that you
will have to learn R in another course.

Q: Is an introductory statistics course a prerequisite for all QSS courses?

A: No. One course that all QSS students should take is QSS 16 (Data
Visualization). This class is taught in R, and introductory statistics
is not a prerequisite for QSS 16.

Q: I have Advanced Placement (AP) credit in Statistics. Should I take an introductory statistics course at Dartmouth?

A: This is not a simple question. The registrar will not allow a
student with AP statistics credit to register for QSS 15, Economics
10, Government 10, or another similar course at Dartmouth. If you have
AP statistics credit, you should look at the QSS 15 syllabus and/or
visit a section of an intermediate statistics course. If, having done
these things, you feel that your AP course in statistics did not
prepare you well, you will need to consider giving up your AP
statistics credit and taking an introductory statistics course at
Dartmouth. On the other hand, you may feel that your AP course
prepared you well; in this case, you should keep your credit for
introductory statistics.  If you are unsure of what to do, see the
Chair of QSS.

Q: When should I take Computer Science 1, that is, COSC 1?

A: Learning the basics of computer programming is an important part of
the QSS curriculum.  We recommmend completing COSC 1 by the end of a
student's fourth quarter on campus.