Transfer Credit Advising Page
Transfer credit advising page
This page is for students who require my services as a
department undergraduate advisor. This page is a slight modification of material prepared
by Lior Silberman, who had this advising role before me.
- I am currently the transfer credit advisor.
- Please keep a record of all correspondence, in case there is a later
dispute about any promises made to you.
Transfer credit requests
Types of requests
Courses you have taken or are considering taking at another institution
can be recognized at UBC in one of several ways. Depending on the
circumstances, you may request:
- Specific credit for a UBC MATH
course, if both the material and level of a course you have taken
match to to a course we offer. You will be treated exactly as if you
had taken the course at UBC.
- Generic credit if the course you have
taken are is at an appropriate level but don't correspond
to any specific course here. We will enter a line such as
"MATH 1st(3)" or "MATH 3rd(6)" in your records, and you will be treated
exactly as if you had taken mathematics courses of the specified year
and number of credits. Generic credits help satisfy degree
requirements and course pre-requisites denominated in credits
(e.g. total credits for graduation, or a pre-requisite of
"at least 12 MATH credits 300-level and above").
- Course exemption from a specified course,
if you have essentially learned the material of a course at the
appropriate level. You will be treated as if you had taken
the MATH course for degree requirement and graduation purposes,
but the exemption will not affect credit counts. Exemptions are
appropriate when courses don't correspond precisely but it
nevertheless does not make sense for you to retake the course here,
and can be combined with generic credit.
Second-degree and graduate students may only receive exemptions, not
Specific or Generic credit.
- Exemption from a degree requirement,
if you have taken courses in a another subject that have not led to
exemption or specific credit from a non-MATH course that is required
for the mathematics B.Sc. or B.A.. A request for a graduation
exemption is appropriate only in the extraordinary situation where your
prior studies provide you with the expected background in the
non-mathematics subject (most often CPSC) despite the other
department not granting you transfer credits, and accordinly requires
significant justification beyond a claim that the material of the
courses matches (such claims are properly considered by the transfer
credit advisor at the other department).
- Manual registration is a course exemption
(see above), as applied to a
visiting student, a
second-degree student, or a
graduate student. Exemptions for such
students cannot be entered in the student systems and their
registration is handled manually by department staff based on
determinations made by me.
Before writing about a transfer credit question, please consult
UBC Transfer Credit Tool and check whether there is already
a decision about the equivalence. It's ok to ask for reconsideration:
courses change over time, both at UBC and at other institutions, but
generally there should be reason for us to change a past decision.
In addition, the BC Transfer Guide
website contains further information concerning courses you might take at
institutions within the provience:
- For university level courses which transfer to UBC credit, check the
Course Search Tool.
- For high-school level courses which satisfy admission requirements or
the calculus pre-requisites (especially BC PREC 12), visit the page on
Adult Basic Education.
Once there open the most recent "ABE Articulation Guide" and find the
table called "MATHEMATICS TRANSFER GUIDE", usually around page 38. Courses
listed in the final column ("Provincial") are accepted by UBC as equivalent
to BC PREC 12.
Who should I contact about my mathematics transfer credits?
- If you are a visiting student, a second-degree student, or a
graduate student you must contact me directly. See the email instructions
below, and note that if you are asking for an exemption that is already
shown on the
UBC Transfer Credit Tool
you don't need to provide any further information about the course except
- If you are asking about credits you obtained before admission to UBC
(but not in one of the categories above), you must contact your
Enrollment Services Advisor.
They will write to me on your behalf.
- If you are in the faculties of Applied Science, or Land and Food Systems,
please contact the advising office of your faculty.
The advisors will contact me on your behalf.
- In all other cases (including if you are from the Faculty of Science),
you may write to me directly. See the email instructions below.
When you write to me, please include:
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- Your student number
- Your current/intended faculty and programme, including whether you are
a first-degree student, a second-degree student, a graduate student, etc.
- The institution(s) where the courses were taken, and a copy of your
transcript(s) (informal transcript / screen printout are fine).
- For each course you want me to consider, as much as possible of the following information:
I cannot consider courses without sufficient
All materials must be translated to English.
- The course name and number.
- The UBC Transfer Credit Tool record of the course, and whether
you are asking for reconsideration of that.
- The form of transfer credit requested including corresponding UBC
course numbers, if applicable
(see types of requests above).
- The total number of classroom lecture hours in the course.
- A detailed syllabus and the textbooks used, if any
- Sample course materials (exams, midterms, homeworks, course notes)
allowing me to judge the level of the course.
- The names and contact details of any other advisors and advising offices
you have contacted about this matter and their responses to you.
Notes on specific courses and requests
- We are fairly permissive about credit for differential calculus
(note that MATH 100/102/104 are equivalent courses, so it does not matter
which of those numbers is used for your credit/exemption).
- Credit for integral calculus (MATH 101/103/105) is only given for
courses which include the topic of sequences and series.
- Credit for matrix/linear algebra (MATH 221/152) is only given for
courses which include the topic of eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
- The courses MATH 320 and MATH 322 are the keystones
of the honours programme; specific credit for those courses based on
courses taken elsewhere is rare and requires a showing that the other
course is taught at a substantially higher level than the corresponding
course at UBC.
- UBC-Okanagan's calculus sequence for management and business
(UBCO MATH 116/142) is not equivalent to
the UBC calculus sequence. UBC-O students who are considering transferring
to UBC must take UBCO MATH 100/101.