Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Mathematics

Acquire powerful tools for solving practical problems in a highly creative environment that demands logic, precision, intuition and imagination

Mathematics Undergraduate Studies Math undergrad Mallory Flynn won the University of BC Medal in Science and graduated head of her class.

What You Need to Know

Why study Mathematics at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. Career options in Mathematics range from cryptographer and financial analyst to public health statistician and secondary school teacher.

Access to professors
Visit your prof during office hours or volunteer to assist with a research project on optimization, graphics and visualization, artificial intelligence, system architecture, and databases—just some of the topics renowned UBC faculty researchers are exploring.

Advanced numeracy skills
Minor in Data Science and prepare yourself for ongoing studies in biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, psychology, and statistics. In these disciplines, new discoveries rely increasingly on the creation, management, and understanding of large data sets.

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.

Interdisciplinary options
Diversify your degree with summer study options such as Interprise. The four-month cohort experience is for students in any program, and designed to support entrepreneurial thinking and increase management skills applicable to self-directed work, startups and professional employment.

Program Overview

A Mathematics degree from UBC provides a firm foundation in pure mathematics that you can apply in areas where it is of vital importance such as finance, computer science, and cryptography.

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 Mathematics undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mathematics. BA programs offer a Major in Mathematics. BSc programs offer a Major in Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics, Honours, a Minor in Mathematics, a Combined Major in Physics and Mathematics, or a Minor in Mathematics & Statistics.

Courses

UBC Okanagan’s Mathematics program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses in mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

Sample courses:

  • MATH 220 — Mathematical Proof
  • MATH 302 — Introduction to Probability
  • MATH 433 — Theory of Error-Correcting Codes

Click here to browse Mathematics courses and descriptions

Degree Options

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

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Learn about graduate studies in Mathematics.

Visit the Mathematics homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Prerequisites

British Columbia High School Requirements*

  • English 12
  • Pre-calculus 12 (for BSc program)
  • A Grade 12 science (for BSc program)
  • Chemistry 11 (for BSc program)
    (* For BC and the Yukon Territories)

Did you know that UBC outlines admission requirements according to where you attended high school or university? Visit you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc for general admission requirements and program specific requirements for students from high schools in other Canadian provinces or transferring from other post-secondary institutions.

Students are encouraged to declare their major in Mathematics at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for admission requirements for a BA in Mathematics or BSc in Mathematics.

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 Tuition by Program, and scroll down to add up your first-year costs with the 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 Mathematics. Job opportunities range from credit analyst to robotics programmer.

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Occupations

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

Potential Employers

  • Businesses providing market research, pension/benefit, and actuarial services
  • Computer, mining, pharmaceutical, resource, software design, and utility companies
  • Consulting or securities firms
  • Insurance companies, including life, 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 UBC colleagues.

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.
  • Volunteer abroad, take part in international field studies, or work overseas with an IKBSAS International Education Travel Subsidy of up to $4,000 per student.

Undergraduate Research

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

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look awesome on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Work on campus in the field of mathematics as a teaching assistant—deliver labs, tutorials, and even lectures.
  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • 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 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.”

Joyce Epp v3

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 Mathematics 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.
  • * Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox

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

  • 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.
  • Visit the Math and Science Centre where free tutoring is available five days a week.

Sports

Take advantage of the many opportunities 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 at 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

    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, includes 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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