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Mathematics: Bachelor of Arts Minor


The Bachelor of Arts Minor in Mathematics program is primarily intended for students who plan to enter a post-baccalaureate education program, with mathematics as one of their teachable subjects. It has been developed specifically to meet the requirements of admission to the post-baccalaureate Secondary Education Programs at UBC, SFU and UVic. However, it is also intended for students who are planning professional careers for which a sound foundation in formal or mathematical reasoning is required and for students with a specific interest in mathematics.

The primary focus of the Minor in Mathematics is as an expression of human understanding rather than as a science or an aid to science. The courses included in the Minor in Mathematics are designed with the mathematically interested arts student in mind, concentrating on the development of an understanding of the mathematical enterprise and including topics that illuminate and extend those taught in the secondary school curriculum. The scientific applications of mathematics, however, will continue to be addressed in many of the courses offered.

Teaching has consistently been one of the more frequent career choices for secondary school graduates, and these students require education in teachable subjects before proceeding into a professional program of teacher training. The Minor in Mathematics, when paired with minors in English or History, will provide the necessary background for admission to a School of Education and an excellent path to the attainment of students' career goals. As well, the Minor in Mathematics can form part of a B.A. leading students into other professions such as law or technical writing.

Students within the Bachelor of Arts Minor in Mathematics program will take a general academic program in the first and second year, including at least five mathematics courses in the first four semesters. As well, students will select elective courses from the humanities, social sciences, sciences, fine arts, modern languages, music and business, as per the Bachelor of Arts Degree Framework.

Students completing appropriate courses in Years 1 and 2 will be eligible to exit with an Associate of Science in Mathematics.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a minor in Mathematics must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation.

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements. 

Years One and Two

Students are required to complete 15 credits of mathematics courses at the 1000 and 2000 level.

One course from the following*:
  MATH 1120 Differential Calculus 3 credits
  MATH 1130 Calculus for Life Sciences I
with a grade of C+ or better
3 credits
  MATH 1140 Calculus I (Business Applications)
with a grade of B- or better
3 credits
One course from the following*:
  MATH 1220 Integral Calculus 3 credits
  MATH 1230 Calculus for Life Sciences II
with a grade of C+ or better
3 credits
  MATH 1240 Calculus II (Business Applications)
with a grade of B- or better
3 credits
All of these 2000-level MATH courses:
  MATH 2232 Linear Algebra 3 credits
  MATH 2321 Multivariate Calculus (Calculus III) 3 credits
One course from the following:
  MATH 2315 Probability and Statistics† 3 credits
  MATH 2335 Statistics for Life Sciences† 3 credits
  MATH 2341 Introduction to Statistics for Business† 3 credits

* Credit will not be granted for more than one of these courses.
† Students may substitute MATH 1115 Introductory Statistics, but should be aware that it will not satisfy the statistics requirement for admission into the Secondary Education Program at UBC. Students should not take more than one course from this list as only three credits will be recognized as credits towards the Minor in Mathematics degree. Students who desire another lower-division Mathematics course should consider MATH 1116 Mathematical Explorations (3 credits) or MATH 2331 Real Analysis (3 credits).

Years Three and Four

Students will be required to take 15 credits of mathematics courses numbered 3000 and above.

A minimum of 12 credits from the following:
  MATH 3120 Introduction to Applied Mathematics 3 credits
  MATH 3140 Mathematical Computing 3 credits
  MATH 3150 The Structure of Mathematics 3 credits
  MATH 3160 Group Theory 3 credits
  MATH 3170 Complex Variables 3 credits
  MATH 3250 Geometry 3 credits
  MATH 3315 Applied Inferential Statistics 3 credits
  MATH 3322 Vector Calculus (Calculus IV) 3 credits
  MATH 3421 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 credits
  MATH 3431 Partial Differential Equations 3 credits
  MATH 3450 History of Mathematics 3 credits
  MATH 4130 Theory of Mathematics Education 3 credits
  MATH 4150 Number Theory 3 credits
  MATH 4190 Introduction to Point-Set Topology 3 credits
  MATH 4210 Biomathematics 3 credits
  MATH 4220 Numerical Methods 3 credits
  MATH 4240 Mathematical Modelling 3 credits
  MATH 4250 Special Topics in Mathematics 3 credits
Required 4000 Level MATH Course
  MATH 4350 Senior Project 3 credits

Note: Students planning to enter the Education program at either UBC or SFU will require an additional 3 credits of MATH courses numbered 3000 or higher. Those choosing UBC must also be sure to include MATH 3250 Geometry, MATH 4150 Number Theory and a Statistics course numbered 2000 or higher, (MATH 2315, MATH 2335, or MATH 2341) in their program.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a Bachelor of Arts program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Mathematics.

At a Glance

Faculty of Science and Horticulture


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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