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BA Mathematics

Mathematics majors apply math, probability, statistics and the principles of business and finance to analyze statistical data and assess business risks. Mathematics at UBC provides an excellent balance of pure and applied mathematics and is useful, important, and interesting. Mathematics is applied as an essential tool in many different fields including business, finance, industry, government, education, and social sciences. It includes theory, analysis, probability and statistics. In addition, students may build mathematical models of real world systems to formulate and solve practical problems. 

Get experience at UBC

Building your career takes more than attending academic lectures. Get involved with research and complement your studies with relevant research and applied experiences. Whether you choose one of the experiences listed below or one of the many other great opportunities available, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, network, and set yourself apart. It all counts.

Student directed seminars

The Student Directed Seminars program provides upper-year undergraduate students (in 3rd year or later) the opportunity to propose, coordinate, and lead their own 3-credit seminar class with a small group of peers on a topic not currently offered at UBC-Vancouver.  Each seminar brings together a group of highly-motivated students that explore and investigate a topic through learning activities including group discussions, research papers, presentations, guest lectures, applied problem-solving, and Community Service Learning.  This is a fantastic opportunity for Arts students to share their passion for a topic, as well as build key skills in the areas of facilitation, time management, peer-to-peer learning, and more. 

Go Global 

Imagine student life in Singapore; spending your mornings taking part in industry-leading research, and your evenings marveling at historical buildings as you stroll along the Singapore River. Whether you end up studying numerical analysis in Singapore or the musical applications of Fourier theory in Scotland, you can immerse yourself in the languages and cultures of another part of the world, all while finishing your degree. You can take on an international internship, participate in a Global Seminar, go on exchange or even conduct research abroad. Check out the range of international experiences to learn more.

Arts Co-op Program

Put your language skills and cultural knowledge to work for you. Gaining paid, full-time co-op experience will help you explore careers in non-profits and community organizations, arts organizations, education, government, and the private sector with employers across Canada and abroad. Graduate with career skills, experience, and a network of professional contacts that will give you a competitive edge after graduation.

Arts Internship Program

Build a career while you are studying through part-time, unpaid internships. Meet industry contacts, gain relevant experience and apply your skills in a part-time internship this year. 

Community experience

Work and learn in community settings like non-profits and inner city schools. Take a course with a community-based experiential learning (CBEL) component and develop an understanding of community contexts and the systemic factors underlying community needs. Whether it’s a course or signing up for Trek & Reading Week placements, International Service Learning or a grant project in community, you’ll build skills in real-world settings and make invaluable connections with people in community.

Using your degree

Math as a discipline is an analytical approach that breaks down complicated problems into steps and is based on testing, data, and reasoning. A grounded approach to analysis, critical thinking, and computational modeling that can be applied to solving complex problems such as climate change, energy, resources, risk management, portfolio analysis and design studies. The logical and flexible thinking that is the basis of Math is highly valued by employers in many fields.

Career possibilities

Market Research Analyst

Works with internal or external clients to understand, define and document the overarching business objective. The position applies qualitative and quantiative techniques to interpret the data, formulate reports, and produce substantiated recommendations based upon the research findings.

Investment Banker

Investment bankers make deals for large companies by providing advice and guildance on high level financial transactions. Typically working for banks or investment dealers, individuals have a broad range of tasks including finding investors, structuring and negotiating deals, and reasearching companies.

Systems Analyst
Software Engineer
Computer Programmer
Investment Banking
Secondary School Mathematics Teacher
Credit Analyst
Database Administrator
External Auditor
Financial Planner
Financial Analyst
Health Care Analyst
Insurance Salesperson
Inventory Control Specialist
Wage Analyst
Cost Estimator/Analyst
Mortgage Researcher
Demographer
Tax Investigator
Claims Adjuster
Appraiser
Financial Awards Officer
Pension Analyst
Technical Analyst - Statistics
Project Analyst
Quantitative Analyst
Market Analyst

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