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First Year Math Course Choices
at a Glance
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UBC
Math Courses

Required High School Academic Qualifications*

Math
100
or
Math 102
or
Math 104

One of the following:
a) A grade of 80% or higher in BC PreCalculus 12 (previously
named Principles of Math 12) or an equivalent course.
b) A grade of 73% or higher in the BC Math 12 Provincial Exam.
c) A score of 5 or higher in IB Math HL or SL.
d) A qualifying score on the UBC Math Basic Skills Test.
e) A score of 4 or 5 in AP Calculus AB.
Additional Information:
we strongly recommend at least
a passing grade in a Calculus 12 or equivalent course. Math 100
has applications
to Engineering and Physical Sciences, Math 102 to Life Sciences, and
Math 104 to Commerce and Social Sciences. Any of them will act as
a
prerequisite for Math 101, 103, or 105 in Term 2 as they are equivalent
to each other.

Math
180
or
Math 184

One of the following:
a) A grade of 80% or higher in BC PreCalculus 12 (previously
named Principles of Math 12) or an equivalent course.
b) A grade of 73% or higher in the BC Math 12 Provincial Exam.
c) A score of 5 or higher in IB Math HL or SL.
d) A qualifying score on the UBC Math
Basic Skills Test.
Additional Information:
Calculus 12 is not required
for either of these courses. Math 180 has applications to
Engineering and Physical
Sciences and Math 184 to Commerce and Social Sciences. They are
equivalent to each other and Math 100, 102, and 104. Calculus is
built
into the syllabus and there are problem solving workshops required for
Math 180 and 184. Either of them will act as a prerequisite for
Math 101, 103, or 105 in Term 2.

Math
110

One of the following:
a) A grade of 50% or higher in BC PreCalculus 12 (previously
named Principles of Math 12) or an equivalent course.
b) A grade of 50 to 72% in the BC Math 12 Provincial Exam.
c) A score of 14 in IB Math HL or SL.
Additional Information:
Math 110 is equivalent to Math 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184 but is taught
over two terms rather than the usual one.
Math 101 and 105 are usually offered during the summer term for those
who wish to complete the second half of the 1st year math requirement
before the beginning of 2nd year. See Math 110
for further details.

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UBC
Admissions is the department that receives and assesses high
school transcripts for incoming students. It is essential that
you make sure
your information is sent to them as soon as your grades are available and updated when changes occur so
they are current. They can be
reached at admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca. You can check what
our department sees when assessing your math qualifications at
http://www.ubc.ca.ssc
 look for your "High School Record". If your High School Record is incomplete,
inaccurate, or out of date, contact UBC Admissions directly at the
email address above to get things corrected and then contact our
department to let us know once it has been
fixed. Do not send our department your transcripts or ask us to
fix it.
Additional Information: If you wish to use the Basic
Skills Test to qualify yourself for Math at UBC, please go to
Math
Basic Skills Test for information.

Which UBC calculus course should I
register in?
Advice concerning 100level courses
Read below for the scenario
that matches your situation.
I have
already satisfied the precalculus requirements as
listed above for Math 100, 102, 104, 180, and 184.
You should register
in one of Math 100, 102, or 104 if you have passed a high school
calculus course. If you have not passed a high
school calculus course, you should register for Math 180 or 184. A
message
will be sent to you by email prior to registration confirming your
eligibility
to do so. View the course
outlines to determine which course is best suited for your program
of
study.
I’m
currently meeting the requirements as
listed above for Math 100, 102, 104, 180, and 184, but my grade 12 math
course
is still in progress.
You should register
in one of Math 100, 102, or 104 if you have passed a high school
calculus course. If you have not passed a high
school calculus course, you should register for Math 180 or 184. A message will be
sent to you by email prior
to registration confirming your eligibility to do so.
View the course
outlines to determine which course is best suited for your program
of
study. If your final grade 12 math
results (once they are available) no longer meet the requirements, the
UBC
Mathematics department may contact you to discuss alternatives such as
the UBC Math Basic Skills Test or
switching your registration to Math 110.
I’m currently not meeting the
requirements as
listed above for Math 100, 102, 104, 180, and 184, but my grade 12 math
course
is still in progress and I think I will meet these requirements once my
final
grades are available.
There are
two possibilities:
1.
You
may choose to register in one of Math 100, 102, or 104 if you are
taking high school calculus or 180 or 184 if you are not taking
calculus, but,
should your final grades (once they are available) not meet the
requirements as
listed above you will be required to achieve a qualifying score on the UBC Math Basic Skills Test in
order to remain registered in the course you’ve chosen, or you will be
advised
to switch your registration to Math 110.
2.
Alternatively,
you may choose to register in Math 110.
Should your final grades (once they are available) end up
meeting the
requirements for Math 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184 you may be advised to
switch
your registration from Math 110 to one of these other courses.
I don’t
think I’ll meet the requirements as
listed above for Math 100, 102, 104, 180, and 184 but I will or already
have
met the requirements for Math 110.
You should
register in Math 110. This is a twoterm
(6 credit) course that covers the same content as the oneterm courses
(Math
100, 102, 104, 180, 184) but with additional material designed to
strengthen
understanding of essential precalculus topics.
Should you later end up meeting the requirements for Math 110,
102, 104,
180, or 184 you may be advised to switch your registration from Math
110 to one
of these other courses.
I have not
taken grade 12 precalculus math (BC PreCalculus 12 or its equivalent).
All firstyear calculus courses at UBC
require successful completion of grade 12 precalculus math (BC
PreCalculus 12 or its equivalent). If
you have not taken such a course in high school, Math 002 is a
noncredit
course offered by UBC
Continuing
Studies, and is accepted as a prerequisite for Math 180 and Math
184 (if you score 80% or higher) or Math 110 (if you score
5079%).
I have
very high math grades in high school and
perform well in math contests such as the Euclid.
Math 120 is a 4credit enriched course suitable for
students who particularly enjoy mathematics and have demonstrated
considerable
talent. The prerequisites for the course make this clear: students are
expected
to have a grade of 95% or better in grade 12 precalculus math (BC
PreCalculus 12 or its equivalent) or to have
distinguished themselves in the Euclid Mathematics Contest, or to have
some
other distinctive qualification. If you qualify but are unable to
register
yourself into this course online, please contact the Undergraduate
Chair,
quoting your UBC student number, at ugradchair@math.ubc.ca.
I’m taking
International Baccalaureate Math or
Advanced Placement Calculus.
If you scored 4 or 5 on AP Calculus AB, you can claim 3
credits for Math 100 and continue your study of Calculus with one of
Math 101,
103, or 105. All sections of these courses are given in Term 2; a
useful
Mathematics course to take in Term 1 is Math 221. If you scored 4 or 5
on AP
Calculus BC, you can claim 6 credits for Math 100 and Math 101 and take
courses
that build on these. Students who score 6 or better in the "Higher
Level
Mathematics" course offered by International Baccalaureate programs can
also claim 6 credits of Math 100 and 101. Using your transfer credit is
optional; students with AP or IB credits are allowed to sign up for any
regular
firstyear calculus course. Experienced instructors suggest that
students with
an AP score of 5 are fully prepared to move into subsequent courses,
whereas
students with a score of 4 often benefit considerably by taking a full
calculus
sequence at UBC.
Success in AP or IB Calculus confers transfer credit only,
with no grade shown on the transcript.
Students who take one of Math 100, 102, 104, or
120 even
though their transcript already shows 3 credits for AP or IB Calculus
should
remember that only one of these choices can be counted toward their
required
credit totals for graduation. For example, a student who scores 5 in AP
Calculus (earning 3 credits for Math 100) and then passes Math 100 (a 3
credit
course) can count only 3 of these credits towards graduation, even when
both
courses appear on the transcript.
Can I
write a Challenge Exam?
The UBCSFUUVicUNBC
Calculus Challenge Exam provides an alternative to the
transfer
credit options above. Only students who have not yet started College or
University are eligible to write it. The Challenge Examination result
is
treated just like a UBC course grade for Math 100; it appears on the
academic
record, and influences the calculation of the gradepoint average.
Students may
opt to set aside this achievement (receiving neither the numerical
grade nor
the credits) and enrol in a full firstyear calculus sequence instead,
but the
Mathematics Department recommends against this. The examining committee
sends all
passing students a letter describing how to claim their grade and
credits and
stating relevant deadlines (typically early September).
Are there enriched courses for
strong math
students?
Students who score 75% or better on the Challenge
Exam or earn 5 on AP Calculus AB are eligible for Math 223, an enriched
course
in linear algebra, in Term 1, and Math 121, Honours Integral Calculus,
in Term
2. If you qualify but are unable to register yourself into these
courses
online, please contact the Undergraduate Chair, quoting your UBC
student
number, at ugradchair@math.ubc.ca.
How do students like me perform
in firstyear math
at UBC?
Statistical summaries showing how BC students do in
UBC Calculus courses are accessible at First
Year Calculus Statistics.
These show
the percentage of students
passing each course, and compare average scores in Calculus to those in
Mathematics 12.
What course should I take in
Term 2?
The following twoterm course sequences are
typical:
Math
100/101, Math 180/101, Math 102/103, Math 104/105, Math 184/105, Math
120/121.
But in fact it is possible to take any one of Math 100,
102, 104, 120, 180, or 184 in Term 1 and follow it with any one of Math 101, 103, 105,
or 121
in Term 2. (Note that admission to Math 121 requires a high mark in
Term 1.) If
you take Math 110, which runs through both Term 1 and Term 2, then you
can take
Math 101, 103 (not offered in the summer), or 105 the following summer
or in the following winter session.
