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.
Frequently Asked Questions  Courses

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)

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)

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


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)

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

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

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Disclaimer: In all cases of inconsistencies between this FAQ and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar supersedes the material here.
Advising role  Name  Office  Phone  Email*  
    __@math.ubc.ca 
1^{st} year Advisor  Margaret Ness  MATH 121  8226430  ness  
2^{nd} year NonMath  Dr. YoungHeon Kim  MATH 216  8226324  yhkim  
3^{rd} year NonMath  Dr. YoungHeon Kim  MATH 216  8226324  yhkim  
4^{th}5^{th} year NonMath  Dr. YoungHeon Kim  MATH 216  8226324  yhkim  
2^{nd} year Honours (or combined honours)  Dr. Josh Zahl  MATH 117  8220683  jzahl  
3^{rd} year Honours (or combined honours)  Dr. Dragos Ghioca  MATX 1223  8225908  dghioca  
4^{th} year Honours (or combined honours)  Dr. Dragos Ghioca  MATX 1223  8225908  dghioca  
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. Kalle Karu  MATH 213  8224787  karu  more info 
Dual Degree Math/Ed (Education Advisor)  Dr. Julia Gordon  MATH 217  8220569
 gor  
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. Neil Balmforth  MATH 229C  8273034  njb  
Putnam Advisor  Dr. Dragos Ghioca  MATX 1223  8225908  dghioca  
Chief Advisor  Dr. Albert Chau  MATH 239  8222450  chau  
Undergraduate Chair  Prof. Mark Mac Lean  MATX 1209  8273038  ugradchair  
*To complete the email address, please add @math.ubc.ca after the user name.
