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 First Year Calculus Choices
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First Year Math Course Choices at a Glance

*This information will change for 2014W.

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 (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 Pre-Calculus 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 Pre-Calculus 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 1-4 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.
*
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 100-level courses

Read below for the scenario that matches your situation.

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.  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 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.  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 pre-calculus math (BC Pre-Calculus 12 or its equivalent).
All first-year calculus courses 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.
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 the Euclid 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.  

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 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.

How do students like me perform in first-year 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 two-term 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.

 
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