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, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions - Courses
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BSc and BA students may not repeat MATH courses for higher standing. Students in other faculties may, provided there is space in the course.
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.
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 non-MATH 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).
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 two-term 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)
Yes, these two courses are entirely equivalent.
The Faculty of Science credit-exclusion 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)
Students with a Grade 11 Math background (and no higher), can take Math 230 or Math 335.
No. Exceptions might be made for students switching programs but, in general, no.
Disclaimer: In all cases of inconsistencies between this FAQ and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar supersedes the material here.
|Undergraduate Chair||Dr. Rajiv Gupta||MATX 1104||822-5645||gupta|
|Chief Advisor||Dr. Brian Wetton||MATX 1107||822-5784||wetton|
|Transfer of Credits & AP Exemptions Advisors||Dr. Albert Chau||MATH 239||822-2450||chau|
|1st year Advisor||Margaret Ness||MATH 121||822-6430||ness|
|2nd year Non-Math||Dr. Ian Frigaard||MATX 1116||822-3043||frigaard|
|3rd year Non-Math||Dr. Anthony Peirce||MATH 108||822-2104||peirce|
|4th-5th year Non-Math||Dr. Neil Balmforth||MATH 229C||827-3034||njb|
|2nd year Honours (or combined honours)||Dr. Ed Perkins||MATX 1207||822-6670||perkins|
|3rd year Honours (or combined honours)||Dr. Ozgur Yilmaz||MATX 1113||822-5963||oyilmaz|
|4th year Honours (or combined honours)||Dr. George Bluman||MATX 1112||822-3044||bluman|
|2nd year Majors/Minors||Dr. Alexandra Pettet||MATH 229F||822-3629||alexandra|
|3rd year Majors/Minors||Dr. Kalle Karu||MATH 213||822-4787||karu|
|4th year Majors/Minors||Dr. George Bluman||MATX 1112||822-3044||bluman|
|Dual Degree Math/Ed (Education Advisor)||Dr. George Bluman||MATX 1112||822-3044||bluman|
|Adjudication of graduating students||Dr. Kai Behrend||MATX 1213||822-1719||behrend|
|Adjudication of graduating students||Dr. Jim Bryan||MATX 226||822-4515||jbryan|
|Actuarial Advisor||Dr. Joel Friedman||MATH 210||822-2413||jf|
|Co-op Liaison||Dr. Albert Chau||MATH 239||822-2450||chau|
|Putnam Advisor||Dr. Greg Martin||MATH 212||822-4371||gerg|
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