Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Mathematical Sciences

Acquire a specialized knowledge of mathematics, strong personal initiative and the ability to form balanced judgement.

Mathematical Sciences By studying Mathematical Sciences at UBC Okanagan, students like Walaa Moursi learn to reveal and explain patterns in everyday life.

What You Need to Know

Why study Mathematical Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree in mathematical sciences. Develop the skills and knowledge needed to work in career positions such as an applied mathematician or auditor, economist, quantitative analyst or risk assessor.

Optimization research
Contribute to real-life problem solving with one of the most unique optimization research groups in Canada: UBC Okanagan’s Centre for Optimization, Convex Analysis & Nonsmooth Analysis.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in mathematical sciences from UBC provides a firm foundation in pure mathematics that you can apply in vital areas such as finance, computer sciences and cryptography.

In this four-year, direct-entry program, you will learn to reveal and explain patterns in everyday life, from electrical impulses in an animal’s nervous system, to fluctuations in stock market prices, or the fine detail in an abstract geometrical object.

Our curriculum emphasizes powerful and versatile modes of thought including abstraction, critical thinking and logical analysis. You will also study the art of problem solving using logic, precision, intuition and imagination.

In mathematical sciences undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete a BSc degree in mathematical sciences in a major or honours stream.

Courses

UBC Okanagan’s mathematical sciences program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that prepare students for graduate studies as well as for careers in business, education, government, industry and financial institutions.

Sample courses:

  • COSC 310 - Software Engineering 
  • MATH 221 - Matrix Algebra
  • STAT 303 - Introduction to Probability 

Browse mathematical sciences courses.

Degree Options

The following links take you to Mathematical Sciences program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academics policies at the University of British Columbia:

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Graduate Studies

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences offers MSc and PhD degrees in mathematics or the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may build an individualized program.

Prerequisites

British Columbia High School Requirements

  • Chemistry 11
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Pre-calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses, including at least one of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc.

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at you.ubc.ca - there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate studies in Mathematical Sciences. Job opportunities range from compensation consultant to statistician.

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Occupations

  • Account manager
  • Actuary
  • Applied mathematician
  • Auditor
  • Bank loan or trust officer
  • Benefits administrator
  • Biostatistician
  • Budget analyst
  • Commodity manager
  • Compensation consultant
  • Computer scientist
  • Credit analyst
  • Cryptographer
  • Data analyst
  • Economist
  • Enterprise risk manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Industry researcher
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Inventory control specialist
  • Investment analyst
  • Market analyst
  • Mathematical technician
  • Operations research analyst
  • Public health statistician
  • Purchasing agent
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Revenue Canada investigator
  • Risk assessor
  • Robotics programmer
  • Statistician
  • Systems analyst
  • Wage analysis

Potential Employers

  • Businesses providing market research, pension/benefit and actuarial services
  • Computer, mining, pharmaceutical, resource, software design and utility companies
  • Consulting or security firms
  • Insurance companies, including health, property/casualty and reinsurance
  • Financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, trust companies, and mutual and pension fund firms
  • Manufacturers and other companies requiring process improvement
  • Medical and educational research agencies
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Provincial, territorial, band, and other levels of government offices
  • Science and engineering consulting firms
  • Statistics Canada and other federal government departments

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience, learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences offers MSc and the PhD degrees in mathematics. The program provides students with opportunities for research in three areas of specialization: mathematical biology and differential equations; optimization and analysis; and number theory and algebra.

UBC Okanagan also has an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have a mathematics department faculty member as their primary supervisor.


Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your fellow students.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.
  • Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get the financial boost needed to jump-start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project — a life-changing experience.
  • Acquire real-world job skills and strong connections at a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s Mathematics program: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.
Jessa Marley

Jessa Marley

Student experience: “Through research projects, I met and got to work with amazing professors, peers and scientists.”

Heinz Bauschke

Heinz Bauschke, UBC Professor

“In addition to being exquisite, math is also practical and helps students get good jobs.”

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Joyce Epp, UBC Alumna

“UBC opened my eyes to the possibilities that can be achieved with math.”


Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Mathematical Sciences program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

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Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Visit the Math and Science Centre where free tutoring is available five days a week.
  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.

Sports

Take advantage of the many opportunities and facilities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more about Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

Clubs and Associations

  • • Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options in student associations such as the Quantitative Sciences Course Union.
  • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining various campus clubs.

Living in Residence

Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support. UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails.

One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

Find out more about living in residence at you.ubc.ca.

The Okanagan: What to Expect

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at you.ubc.ca.

 

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