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 oneterm 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 precalculus
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 PreCalculus 12 or
an equivalent course.
b) A score of 5 or higher in IB MATH SL or a score of 3 or higher in IB MATH HL.
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:
Students without high school calculus, but who have very strong Precalculus
12 grades, may be permitted to take MATH 100, 102, and 104. 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 PreCalculus 12 or
an equivalent course.
b) A score of 5 or higher in IB MATH SL or a score of 3 or higher in IB MATH HL.
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 PreCalculus 12 or
an equivalent course. Normally, students with grades
of 85% or higher in BC PreCalculus 12 or an equivalent
course will not be permitted to take MATH 110.
b) A score of 24 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 PreCalculus 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 PreCalculus 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.

*

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 100level
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:
Prerequisites are set so that students do not place themselves in academic
jeopardy by taking a course for which they are unprepared. Please pay
attention to all MATH course prerequisites when registering. However,
if you only have an interim PreCalculus 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 oneterm calculus
course: historic performance data indicate students who do not meet the
prerequisites for a oneterm calculus course have a very high likelihood of
failing such a course. If you are missing a grade for PreCalculus 12 or
equivalent, you will not be permitted to register in any 100level MATH courses.
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. 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 precalculus
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.
I'm currently not meeting
the requirements as listed above for Math 100, 102, 104, 180,
and 184, but my grade 12 precalculus 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 PreCalculus 12 will not
be permitted to register in a oneterm 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 oneterm calculus course, you may take
the UBC
Math Basic Skills Test at the start of term to try to
qualify for a oneterm 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 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.
I have
not taken grade 12 precalculus math (BC PreCalculus 12 or
its equivalent).
All firstyear calculus courses
(including MATH 110) 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 6579%). Note that IB Math Studies is NOT
equivalent to Precalculus 12.
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 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 a
recognized 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 by submitting a request using our
advising
web form.
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 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 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.
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.
What course should I take in
Term 2?
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.)
