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Mathematical Sciences

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Learn the art of problem solving using logic, precision, intuition, and imagination. By studying Mathematical Sciences, you’ll seek to acquire a specialized knowledge of mathematics, strong personal initiative, and the ability to form balanced judgement.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Why this program?

  • Maintain a strong core in mathematics while complementing your study with a broader range of subjects in the mathematical sciences field.
  • Choose to emphasize mathematics, statistics, computer science, or any combination of the three.
  • Contribute to real-life problem solving with one of the most unique optimization research groups in Canada – the Centre for Optimization, Convex Analysis, and Non-Smooth Analysis.
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The Mathematical Sciences 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.

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for further study in the mathematical sciences, or to enter into a career in business, education, government, industry, or financial institutions.

Experiential learning and research

You’ll participate in original research – either your own or a professor’s in your field. The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science supports student research through the Undergraduate Research Awards, which allow you to carry out your own projects over the summer months, while other awards provide opportunities to work with professors on their work.

You also have the opportunity to take your studies abroad with the Go Global program and the Exchange and Research Abroad program

Campus features

The Centre for Optimization, Convex Analysis, and Non-Smooth Analysis (COCANA) houses one of the most unique concentrations of optimization researchers in Canada. For example, recently discovered algorithms by the OCANA research group make it possible to solve problems that were previously considered computationally impossible.

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.

You can also connect with peers through the Quantitative Sciences Course Union and the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) mentoring program.

Life at UBC's Okanagan campus

UBC 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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Your future

As a graduate of Mathematical Sciences, you’ll be prepared for further study in the field, or to enter into a career in business, education, government, industry, or financial institutions.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL or HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. (IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, are not acceptable.)
  • IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry
  • Grade 11/junior-level Physics is strongly recommended

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
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