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 First Year Calculus Choices
First Year Calculus Choices

First Year Math Course Choices at a Glance

All of our differential calculus courses (MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, 184, and 110) are equivalent, and bring students to the same level upon completion.  MATH 100, 102, and 104 are one-term courses for students who have taken a high school calculus course.  MATH 180 and 184 have associated workshops to help students who have not taken a high school calculus course achieve the expected level in one term.  While we offer no remedial courses in the Mathematics Department, the slower pacing and associated workshops in MATH 110 allow students without strong pre-calculus backgrounds the opportunity to reach this level in two terms instead of one term.

All of our integral calculus courses (MATH 101, 103, and 105) are equivalent. 
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 Pre-Calculus 12 or an equivalent course.
b)  A score of 5 or higher in IB Math HL or SL
c)  A score of 4 or 5 in AP Calculus AB.

d)  A qualifying score on the UBC Math Basic Skills Test.  Students who do not meet one of the other qualifications may register only in MATH 110 until they have written the BST at the start of term and achieved a qualifying score.  Switching from MATH 110 to another MATH differential calculus course is based on availability of spaces.

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.  Students will be permitted to register in only one of MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184. 
Math 180
or
Math 184
One of the following:
a)  A grade of 80% or higher in BC Pre-Calculus 12 or an equivalent course.
b)  A score of 5 or higher in IB Math HL or SL.
c)  A qualifying score on the UBC Math Basic Skills Test. Students who do not meet one of the other qualifications may register only in MATH 110 until they have written the BST at the start of term and achieved a qualifying score.  Switching from MATH 110 to another MATH differential calculus course is based on availability of spaces.

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.  There are problem solving workshops required for MATH 180 and 184.  Either of MATH 180 or MATH 184 will act as a prerequisite for MATH 101, 103, or 105. Students will be permitted to register in only one of  MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184.
Math 110
One of the following:
a)  A grade of 65% or higher in BC Pre-Calculus 12 or an equivalent course.  Normally, students with grades of 85% or higher in BC Pre-Calculus 12 or an equivalent course will not be permitted to take MATH 110.
b)  A score of 2-4 in IB Math HL or SL.  Note that IB Math Studies does not qualify students to take MATH 110. 
c)  A grade of 50% to 64% in BC Pre-Calculus 12 or an equivalent course AND a qualifying score on the UBC Math Basic Skills Test. Students with a passing grade below 65% in BC Pre-Calculus 12 may only register in MATH 110 after they have written the BST at the start of term and have achieved a qualifying score. Registration is MATH 110 is dependent on the availability of spaces.

Additional Information:  Calculus 12 is not required for this course. MATH 110 is equivalent to MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184 but is taught over two terms rather than the usual one.  See  Math 110  for further details. MATH 110 will act as a prerequisite for MATH 101, 103, or 105.
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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 in the Student Service Centre (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 take the Basic Skills Test, please go to Math Basic Skills Test for information.  It is only offered at the end of August/ start of September near the start of term.


Which UBC calculus course should I register in?
Advice concerning 100-level courses

Read below for the scenario that matches your situation. Registration in all courses depends on availability of spaces, not just on your qualifications.

Important Note:  Enforcement of prerequisites is strict.  However, if you only have an interim Pre-Calculus 12 or equivalent grade available when you register, you will not be required to change your registration if your final grade would no longer qualify you for the course you have chosen.  You would be advised to switch your registration, however, if your final grade indicates you should take MATH 110 instead of a one-term calculus course:  historic performance data indicate students who do not meet the prerequisites for a one-term calculus course have a very high likelihood of failing such a course.  If you are missing a grade for Pre-Calculus 12 or equivalent, you will not be permitted to register in any 100-level MATH courses.

I have already satisfied the pre-calculus 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. View the course outlines to determine which course is best suited for your program of study. 

Iím currently meeting the requirements as listed above for Math 100, 102, 104, 180, and 184, but my grade 12 pre-calculus 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.  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, you should consider switching to MATH 110. Note that MATH 110 will have an overall cap on the number of seats available.

Iím currently not meeting the requirements as listed above for Math 100, 102, 104, 180, and 184, but my grade 12 pre-calculus course is still in progress and I think I will meet these requirements once my final grades are available.
You should register in MATH 110 as students whose interim grades are below the equivalent of 80% in BC Pre-Calculus 12 will not be permitted to register in a one-term calculus course.  Should your final grade (once it is available) end up meeting the requirements for MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184, you may switch your registration from MATH 110 to one of these courses if space is available.  If your final grade does not meet the requirements for a one-term calculus course, you may take the
UBC Math Basic Skills Test at the start of term to try to qualify for a one-term calculus course, or you may remain in MATH 110. Even with a qualifying score on the BST, switching courses can only be done if there is space available.

I donít think Iíll 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 two-term (6 credit) course that covers the same content as the one-term courses (Math 100, 102, 104, 180, 184) but with additional material designed to strengthen understanding of essential pre-calculus topics. 

I have not taken grade 12 pre-calculus math (BC Pre-Calculus 12 or its equivalent).
All first-year calculus courses (including MATH 110) at UBC require successful completion of grade 12 pre-calculus math (BC Pre-Calculus 12 or its equivalent).  If you have not taken such a course in high school, Math 002 is a non-credit 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 50-79%).

I have very high math grades in high school and perform well in math contests such as the Euclid or Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge.
MATH 120 is a 4-credit 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 pre-calculus math (BC Pre-Calculus 12 or its equivalent) or to have distinguished themselves in a recognized mathematics contest, or to have some other distinctive qualification. If you qualify but are unable to register yourself into this course on-line, please contact the Undergraduate Chair, quoting your UBC student number, at ugradchair@math.ubc.ca.  

Iím 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 available to first year students 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 first-year 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 UBC-SFU-UVic-UNBC 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 grade-point average. Students may opt to set aside this achievement (receiving neither the numerical grade nor the credits) and enrol in a full first-year 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 on-line, please contact the Undergraduate Chair, quoting your UBC student number, at ugradchair@math.ubc.ca.

What course should I take in Term 2?
The following two-term course sequences are typical:

MATH 100/101, MATH 180/101, MATH 102/103, MATH 104/105, MATH 184/105, MATH 120/121.
However, 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.)

 
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