Mathematics (BSc)

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

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.

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

  • Gain 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.
  • Select a concentration in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, or Statistics.
  • Learn from renowned faculty researchers studying graphics and visualization, artificial intelligence, system architecture, databases, and more.
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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.

By pursuing a Mathematics degree from UBC, you’ll acquire powerful tools for solving practical problems in a highly creative environment that demands logic, precision, intuition, and imagination. The curriculum emphasizes powerful and versatile modes of thought including abstraction, critical thinking, and logical analysis.

You can select a concentration in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, or Statistics. Graduates of the Mathematics program are prepared for direct entry into careers in actuarial science, government, or finance. Many graduates go on to graduate studies, professional secondary teaching programs, or other professional programs.

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 students to carry out their 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

On UBC’s Okanagan campus, you'll gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community. Modern on-campus residences are close to academic supports, and surrounded by hiking and biking trails, sandy beaches, and vast lakes. Take part in on-campus events, volunteer in the community, or explore the outdoors.

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Your future

As a graduate of Mathematics, 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)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11 or equivalent Chemistry
  • Grade 11 or equivalent Physics is strongly recommended

Note: Grade 11 Chemistry and Physics requirements listed are only relevant to students who are not completing the equivalent IB Diploma Chemistry and/or Physics courses.

For students studying outside of Canada, some examples of courses that may be accepted as Grade 11 equivalents are junior-level courses for American students, and IGCSE and O Level for those following British-patterned curricula.

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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