Mathematics and Economics

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

This combined major will give you a solid foundation in mathematics and an understanding of key economics principles. You'll examine subjects such as microeconomics, empirical economics, differential calculus, mathematical proof, and more.

Why this program?

  • Study at one of the top-ranked universities in mathematics and economics in Canada and the world.
  • Attend lectures in the beautiful Iona Building, home to the Vancouver School of Economics.
  • Develop critical statistical reasoning, computational, mathematical, and communication skills.
  • Choose courses to prepare for work in finance, accounting, actuarial science, and beyond.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: 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.

Mathematics is about revealing and explaining patterns – from an electrical impulse in an animal’s nervous system to a fluctuation in stock market prices. Being able to simplify complex situations through abstraction and systematic reasoning is a great asset for any scientist.

Both UBC’s School of Economics and Department of Mathematics are very highly regarded internationally. The combined Major of Mathematics and Economics is available either through the Faculty of Science towards a BSc degree, or the Faculty of Arts towards a BA degree, and each allowing a large selection of courses in various areas of pure and applied mathematics. This is one of a wide range of options in honours, major, combined major, or minor programs for focused mathematics or combined with other subjects.

Experiential learning and research

The Department of Mathematics is associated with many institutes, such as the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), the Institute of Applied Mathematics, and MITACS. The Mathematics Library, Math Club, Mathematics Undergraduate Computer Lab and Mathematics Learning Centre are resources for available to undergraduate students in their mathematical studies.

Campus features

The Vancouver School of Economics at UBC is ranked top in Canada, and in the top 20 such departments in the world. UBC economics alumnus Robert Mundell won the 1999 Nobel Prize for Economics, following his groundbreaking analysis of exchange rates and monetary policy.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

The beautiful and historic Iona Building was built in 1927 and renovated in 2014 to accommodate the Vancouver School of Economics. The stone-faced, castle-like Iona Building is one of the most architecturally elegant buildings on campus, and boasts stunning views of Burrard Inlet and beyond, a Maltese Labyrinth, and a fine gallery of stained glass.

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Your future

As a Mathematics and Economics student, you’ll use knowledge of economic data, mathematical models, and statistical techniques to develop skills in problem solving and analysis. Analyzing the relationship between economic, cultural, and political issues in order to forecast and explain economic trends, understand policies, markets and development are skills that employers from diverse industries value.

Program graduates

  • Manager, RBC Royal Bank
  • Manager of Financial Reporting, Goldcorp Inc.
  • Senior actuarial analyst, Willis Towers Watson
  • Data analyst, Fulcrum Management Solutions Ltd.
  • PhD candidate in Finance, University of Toronto

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

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • One year of Chemistry immediately prior to IB Diploma
  • One year of Physics immediately prior to IB Diploma (may be waived with scores of 5 or higher in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)
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