If you are having trouble registering for a Math Course, or the
information here need to be updated, please contact
math@math.ubc.ca or call 6048222666. Do Not Contact an Academic Advisor for
help with Registration Issues. They are to be contacted for Academic Advising only.
The Frequently Asked Questions below covers a wide range of common questions on a diverse set of topics. If your question is not in this FAQ and does not relate to registration issues, contact the appropriate individual on the Advisor Contact Information list below based on the nature of your inquiry.
The department holds an annual Mathematics Information Session in March and maintains a page of material and links that are discussed at the session.
Disclaimer: In all cases of inconsistencies between this FAQ and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar supersedes the material here.
All questions
The Mathematics Department generally enforces course prerequisites and facultyspecific academic rules (e.g. BSC and BA students may not repeat a failed course more than once with the exception of firstyear calculus which may be repeated twice, nor may they repeat a passed course for higher standing). Students who do not satisfy prerequisites are allowed to register at the Student Service Centre (SSC) with warnings but may be removed from the course later. (ID 47)

BSc and BA students may not repeat MATH courses for higher standing. Students in other faculties may, provided there is space in the course. (ID 57)

If you are a BSc student, declaration of a Math Major specialization is handled by the Faculty of Science's common application process. Contact Science Advising for details. If you are a BA student, you may declare this specialization online using the SSC (Student Service Centre). (ID 23)

BSC students must declare their specialization when registering for their second year. BA students make the declaration when registering for third year. Students may, when online declaration is permitted, declare their specialization for a given session as early as their registration date for that session and change it until the end of the add/drop period for the first term of the session. BSc students cannot declare specializations online.
For information on how to declare specific specializations, see Declaring a specialization. (ID 28)

Applied Science students take similar mathematics courses to Science/Arts Mathematics students. Many of these are treated by the Mathematics Department as equivalent for the purposes of prerequisites (PQ) and/or program requirements (PR).
APSC course(s) taken  Mathematics course(s) required  Equivalent wrt 
APSC 160 + CPSC 260  CPSC 111+CPSC 211  PR 
APSC 160  CPSC 111  PR 
MATH 152  MATH 221  PR, PQ 
MATH 217  MATH 200  PR, PQ 
MATH 255  MATH 215  PR, PQ 
MATH 256  MATH 215  PR 
Math 257  Math 316  PR, PQ 
Other courses  MATH course(s) required  Equivalent wrt 
STAT 302  MATH 302  PR, PQ 
  
These equivalences apply only to courses that are required for Mathematics specializations (PR) or are prerequisites for MATH courses. If you are an Ap. Sc. students wanting to make similar kinds of replacements (e.g. MATH 221 instead of MATH 152), you must contact the Applied Science Advising Center to get official permission to make any such changes. Similarly, this list does not apply to prerequisites for nonMATH courses (e.g. APSC 160 may not be a valid prerequisite replacement for CPSC 111 for a second year CPSC course  permission must be granted by a CS advisor).
(ID 34)

This is really up to you. If you take credit for MATH 100, you can open up room for an additional course you are interested in or that would help you get ahead in your degree program (MATH 223 or 221 is a good option in first year if you follow this route). Some students prefer to take MATH 100 instead, to firm up their knowledge. (ID 58)

Math 100/101, 102/103 and 104/105 all cover the same mathematics material but have different applications. Math 180 and 184 are equivalent to Math 100/102/104 but designed for students without high school calculus. Math 110 is a twoterm course equivalent to Math 180/184 but designed for students with lower grades in grade 12 math. Math 120/121 is the honours version of first year calculus.
Math 100/180/110/101 have physical applications. Math 102/103 have life science applications; they also have a computer lab (one hour every two weeks) that the others don't have. Math 104/184/105 have business and social science applications.
Additional information is available on the department's website, in the Undergraduates tab, under First Year Calculus Choices. (ID 56)


Any courses at the 300+ level can be used toward the 18 credits required for the BSc minor except for a few whose descriptions in the Calendar rule them out (e.g. MATH 335). Math 200, 215 and 221 are the most common prerequisites for 300+ courses so it is almost certain that you will have to take some or all of these as well. These courses will also help you get a better sense of your interests. In general, talking to your peers, particularly those a year or two ahead of you, is the best way of finding out about courses that may interest you. (ID 35)

Continue trying to register online. If you are not successful, come to the registration assistance sessions. The schedule for these sessions will be posted at the Registration Webpage before the start of term. (ID 60)

Yes, these two courses are entirely equivalent. (ID 72)

Contact one of the Transfer of Credits & AP Exemptions Advisors. Contact details can be found by clicking on the "Advisor Contact Information" link above. (ID 54)

The Calendar has general rules for BSC Minors. For this declaration the Faculty of Science has paper forms that require the signature of an authorized Departmental advisor. For nonBSc Math Minor declarations, you should first contact the faculty to determine whether the minor is permitted and the requirements, and then contact the Mathematics Department for any necessary approval. (ID 26)

Broaden your search to include the equivalent courses (e.g. Math 100, 102, 104, 180, 184 are equivalent, as are Math 101, 103, 105). If after broadening your search, you still have no seat, then register yourself on a wait list. While you are on the wait list, keep checking online regularly for an available seat in an open section. If you find one that works for your schedule, register yourself in it immediately and remove yourself from the wait list section. We can't predict when or if room will open up for any course. Soon before the start of term, the Math Department will place wait listed students in a section. If this happens to you, you will not be notified; it is your responsibility to check regularly for this. If you have not been placed into an active section by the department and have not found a seat on your own by the start of classes, please attend a registration assistance session. The schedule for these sessions will be posted at the Registration Webpage before the start of term. (ID 59)

Students who do not meet the requirements of a given program may be removed from that program and be required to switch to another one. The Combined Major in Sciences (CMS, formerly General Sciences Program) can often be used by BSc students. (ID 29)

Students require special permission to declare a Double Major. Rules for BSC Double Majors (Faculty of Science) are described in the Calendar under Degree Requirements in the sections on Graduation Requirements and Program Requirements. For this declaration, the Faculty of Science has paper forms that require the signature of an authorized advisor. (ID 18)


The Faculty of Science creditexclusion list gives sets of courses for which credit may be claimed for only one. Credit exclusion does not indicate that the courses are interchangeable with regard to program requirements or satisfying prerequisites. (ID 36)

For Majors or Honours students, the new CPSC courses [CPSC 110 and CPSC 210] or [CPSC 110 and MATH 210] or the old CPSC courses [CPSC 111 and CPSC 211] or [CPSC 111 and MATH 210]. The old CPSC courses CPSC 111 and CPSC 211 are not offered after 2010W. For minors, there is no computing requirement. Also, some combined programs do not have a computing requirement. (ID 71)

A Cr or D standing in a Credit/D/Fail course is equivalent
to a passing grade in that course and so will be treated as such for prerequisite purposes. However, if a followup courses requires a high grade in the prerequisite course, e.g. MATH 320 requires 80% in MATH 220, a Cr or D will
not suffice.
(ID 74)


Students with a Grade 11 Math background (and no higher), can take Math 230 or Math 335. (ID 55)


No. Exceptions might be made for students switching programs but, in general, no. (ID 64)

Promotion is considered in May of each year. If students satisfy all requirements for promotion, they are notified of their new status sometime before the end of summer (usually August). Students can be promoted directly from 2nd to 4th year provided all requirements are met. Details for BSc students are available in the Calendar under Promotion Requirements. Program specific requirements for BSc mathematics:
 The MATH 220/226 requirement must be satisfied before promotion to 3rd year is granted.
Other common inquiries:
 CPSC 111/211 (along with all 1st,2nd year requirements) must be completed before promotion to 4th year.
(ID 15)

Many Math programs used to require CPSC 111 and one of CPSC 211 or MATH 210. The CPSC courses changed numbers to CPSC 110 and 210 in 2009/2010, but this change was
not immediately reflected in most of the Math program descriptions in the UBC Calendar.
The new requirement, which should be reflected in newer versions of the UBC Calendar, is "one of CPSC 110, 111 and one of CPSC 210, 211, MATH 210". (ID 75)

Yes. Some advisors maintain their own pages with general advice and suggestions on specific topics. Some of that material may appear in this FAQ as well.


All BSC degrees in Mathematics require at least 3 credits of firstyear Physics. Students who have not taken Physics 12 in high school must take 6 credits. A BA degree in Mathematics does not have this requirement. See the individual program listings for details ( Science, Arts). (ID 45)

Some departments give individual instructors the ability to sign a student into a full section or register in a section despite a prerequisite failure or conflict. In the Mathematics Department, instructors do not have this authority. Contact the Mathematics Department office to find out whether/how you can get permission. (ID 32)

If a student is prevented from registering in a course because of an insufficient credit allowance, he or she can contact his or her Faculty with a request for an increase. Departments cannot override credit allowances. (ID 33)

Students register for courses in a session starting on a date determined by their year and average. The order is year 1, 4, 3, and 2 for winter sessions, with students with higher averages registering first within each year. The details of registration timing are posted in the Calendar. No one, not even an administrator, can register a student for a course before the studentâ€™s registration date. Most students register immediately upon the arrival of their registration date. (ID 31)

Whenever a program's requirements change, students are allowed to satisfy the original requirements or the new ones; see these UBC regulations. Students may not pick and choose from different versions of program requirements; they must satisfy one complete set of requirements. (ID 44)

You can withdraw from a oneterm wintersession course within six weeks; and from a twoterm course, within 12 weeks. (A withdrawn course will appear as a "W" on your record, but will not affect your average.) See the Student Services page on Course change & withdrawal dates for details. (ID 16)

A oneterm wintersession course can be dropped within the first two weeks; and a twoterm course, within the first three weeks. (Dropped courses will not appear on a student's record.) See the Student Services page on Course change & withdrawal dates for details. (ID 17)


Information about this specialization is available on the Math/Education Dual Degree page. Watch for information sessions on this topic. (ID 39)

Yes. Watch for announcement in class or by email. (ID 53)
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Advising role  Name  Office  Phone  Email* 
    __@math.ubc.ca 
1^{st} year Advisor  Margaret Ness  MATH 121  8226430  ness 
2^{nd} year NonMath  Dr. Philip Loewen  MATH 121  8222771  loew 
3^{rd} year NonMath  Dr. Philip Loewen  MATH 121  8222771  loew 
4^{th}5^{th} year NonMath  Dr. Philip Loewen  MATH 121  8222771  loew 
2^{nd} year Honours (or combined honours)  Dr. Greg Martin  MATH 212  8224371  gerg 
3^{rd} year Honours (or combined honours)  Dr. Dong Li  MATX 1205  8273039  dli 
4^{th} year Honours (or combined honours)  Dr. Dong Li  MATX 1205  8273039  dli 
2^{nd} year Majors/Minors  Dr. TaiPeng Tsai  MATH 109  8222591  ttsai 
3^{rd} year Majors/Minors  Dr. Albert Chau  MATH 239  8222450  chau 
4^{th} year Majors/Minors  Dr. Albert Chau  MATH 239  8222450  chau 
Transfer of Credits & AP Exemptions Advisors  Dr. Lior Silberman  MATH 229B  8273031  lior 
Dual Degree Math/Ed (Education Advisor)  Dr. Richard Anstee  MATX 1114  8226105  anstee 
Adjudication of graduating students  Dr. Kai Behrend  MATX 1213  8221719  behrend 
Adjudication of graduating students  Dr. Jim Bryan  MATH 226  8274515  jbryan 
Actuarial Advisor  Dr. Colin Macdonald  LSK 303C  8226871  cbm 
Coop Liaison  Dr. Brian Wetton  MATX 1107  8225784  wetton 
Putnam Advisor  Dr. Greg Martin  MATH 212  8224371  gerg 
Chief Advisor  Dr. Albert Chau  MATH 239  8222450  chau 
Undergraduate Chair  Prof. Mark Mac Lean  MATH 113  8273038  ugradchair 
*To complete the email address, please add @math.ubc.ca after the user name.
