Mathematics (Associate of Arts)
Take the first step towards a variety of careers with an Associate of Arts Degree in Mathematics. You’ll be exposed to a mix of mathematics and arts courses that will help develop and enhance your critical thinking, writing, research and presentation skills; competencies that are crucial to success in your career or further education. You'll also develop your appreciation for the importance and beauty of mathematics as you improve your numeracy and analytical skills.
Get work experience during your education
Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate. To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.
What is an associate degree?
Associate degrees take two years to complete and concentrate on one area of study. If you plan your courses carefully with a university program in mind, you’ll be able to transfer all 60 credits to a mathematics degree at a university. In most cases, an associate degree will allow you to enter the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree program. To ensure your courses transfer, see the BC Transfer Guide.
- Successful completion of 60 credits as listed below
- Require a minimum GPA of 2.00
(Specializations will be noted on the transcript and will not be noted on the credential)
To complete an Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in Mathematics, students must complete:
- 18 or more credits (of the 60 credits required for their associate degree) in Mathematics
- nine of those 18 credits must be considered second-year courses. To qualify as a second-year course, a course must transfer to one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic, or UNBC) at the second-year level.
The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year English* electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts** electives
- 18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
- 3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective
- 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
- 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective
- 9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives
* English courses include courses in Communications, Creative Writing and Print Futures that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit.
** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. They are designated as "humanities" or "social sciences" in the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. Please see the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below for further information.
A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).
- An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
- A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
- The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
- A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
- A first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
- A second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
- A laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.
For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.
Co-operative Education Option:
Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.
With further education, this credential is a first step toward the following careers:
- Actuaries, casualty, insurance, life
- Analyst, actuarial/statistical
- Business Systems Analyst
- Computer and Information Research Scientists
- Financial Analyst
- Information Architect
- Market Research Analyst
- Operations Research Analyst
- Computer Systems Analyst
Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.