Programs spotlight: math, chemistry, and physics

Programs spotlight: math, chemistry, and physics

You possess a sharp, analytical mind. You like numbers, but you want to venture beyond what’s on the page into complex analyses, real-world problems, and bigger ideas. At UBC, your program opportunities in the fields of math, chemistry, or physics are immense, and is matched by your breadth of career options.

Want to learn about the laws and forces of nature while gaining practical laboratory experience? Are you keen to take math courses that emphasize powerful and versatile modes of thought, including abstraction and logical analysis? Do you hope to study at the intersection of math, physics, and physical science while learning more about the planets and their environments? There are a number of math, chemistry or physics programs at UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver where you can find your niche.


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The Astronomy program at UBC Vancouver uses principles of physics and mathematics to investigate the fundamental nature of the universe and its evolution; the properties of galaxies; and the birth, evolution, and death of stars and black holes. You can apply this knowledge to solve problems in navigation, space flight, and satellite communications, as well as to develop the instrumentation and techniques used to observe and collect astronomical data. Learn more about Astronomy at UBC by reading about Michelle Kunimoto’s journey in the program.


The student scoop

Michelle Kunimoto, UBC Astronomy

Meet Michelle, an Astronomy student who shares the details of discovering a new planet – and what that discovery means for her future and the search for life on other planets.



The Statistics program, which is available at UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver, is the science of understanding and managing uncertainty. You’ll learn different methods and theories to examine data and solve real-world problems. The program will provide you with a solid grounding in the theoretical, computational, and applied aspects of statistical science, and will prepare you for a career in a wide range of organizations, including government agencies, private companies, or financial institutions.

Environmental Chemistry

The Environmental Chemistry program at UBC Okanagan offers you a solid education in the four key areas of chemistry – analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry – along with core courses in environmental chemistry and other fields, including biology, and earth and environmental science. This program can be a stepping stone to medical, dental, or veterinary degrees, or set you up for a future working in environmental protection, private and public analytical laboratories, and more.


The student scoop

Jeffrey Kerkovius, Chemistry, UBC

Meet Jeffrey, a Chemistry student at UBC Okanagan and undergraduate researcher of the year in 2015. Read about why his time at UBC has been the best of his life.



In the field of mathematics, you can choose from seven programs across both campuses: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at both campuses, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics at both campuses, Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences at both campuses, and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics at UBC Vancouver. Depending on your specific interests within mathematics, you could focus on something as technical as analyzing the electrical impulses in an animal’s nervous system, or concentrate on pure mathematics or applied mathematics.


Do you want to become a versatile scientist? In Physics – available at both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver – you’ll study the material world and the energy that drives it, from the smallest particles like neutrinos and Higgs bosons to the very largest structures in the universe, and ultimately the universe itself. Complement your physics studies with a wide variety of science electives to develop a comprehensive background in other disciplines.


The student scoop

Leonardo Moutinho Caffarello Student Story

Meet Leonardo, who followed his passion for space exploration from Brazil to Canada, where he discovered a universe of learning.


See a full list of math, chemistry, and physics programs at UBC



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