Mathematics & Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics opens you to a world of opportunities. Whether you are interested in research, education, academia, business or software, the Co-op experience provides you with a perfect platform to explore options. Co-op exposes you to the many facets of a career in mathematics, along with the opportunity to explore your interests in other related areas in science. The Co-op work experience will enable you to build your personal network connections and learn critical skills not taught in a classroom. Typically, you would complete two eight-month work terms. There is a need for some basic statistics and computer science courses as basic skills are valued and may be required for a successful job placement.

Application Deadlines

Apply in Year Application Deadline Date
2 Thursday, March 4, 2021
3 Thursday, October 1, 2020


We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

Application Requirements

  • Have a minimum average of around B- (68%)
  • Be a full-time UBC (Vancouver) student in good academic standing in mathematics, English and the sciences
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, and a responsible, mature attitude
  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and time management
  • Demonstrate interest in your chosen field
  • Be flexible and willing to accept a work placement outside the Lower Mainland

Work-Term Schedules

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2        -
2 Study Term 3 Study Term 4        -
3 Study Term 5 Work Term 1 Work Term 2
4 Study Term 6 Study Term 7 Work Term 3
5 Work Term 4 Study Term 8        -

The above schedule is highly recommended by the Co-op Program in order for students to complete their program within the shortest time frame. Alternate scheduling is available in consultation with your Co-op Coordinator.  

Sample Jobs and Companies

Aon Hewitt
Actuarial Co-op -provide routine technical and analytical support to ensure the continuous efficient operation of our clients -pension plan arrangements; read and interpret pension plan texts -calculate benefit entitlements and prepare option packages on retirement, termination, death and marriage breakdown -year-end update of plan records, including the reconciliation of the membership, contributions and trust fund -involvement in actuarial valuations for funding purposes for pension plans, accounting purposes etc
Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation and Innovation (OPSEI)
-Gathering, collating and submitting Quality Assurance data on a monthly basis for surgical wait times initiatives -Liaising with hospital departments, data managers, and stakeholders as necessary to collect data as required. -Pediatric Surgical Clinic Wait Time Project -Communicate and collaborate with various pediatric surgeons and their medical office assistants regarding patient flow. -Assist the operations engineering manager in performing statistical or other analysis to minimize the patient wait time and help to generate solutions to identified bottlenecks.
Agile Developer • Collaboratively design new features in a team environment that extends to colleagues in remote locations and from Product Management and User Experience teams. • Work closely with engineering and operations team to build, integrate, test and deploy algorithms to production systems


We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

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