Mathematics Option

Mathematics Major

A minimum grade of C is required in the courses counting for credit for this program. In exceptional circumstances a grade of D may be acceptable with the approval of the Chair of the Department in courses offered through the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Business. 

Lower-level (1000-2000 level) requirements: 

At least 18ch in lecture courses and at least 8ch in laboratory courses chosen from: 

Upper-level (3000-4000 level) requirements: 

  • MATH 3213, MATH 3713, MATH 3733, STAT 3793, STAT 4793 (see note 2) 
  • An additional 15ch of upper-level (3000 – 4000 level) MATH courses (excluding MATH 3633). At most two (6ch) upper-level courses from other disciplines with sufficient mathematical content can be approved for credit by the Chair of the Department as part of these 15ch. One (3ch) upper-level STAT course may be counted as part of these 6ch. 
  • 21ch of upper-level elective courses approved by the department. 


  1. It is recommended that MATH 2203 is taken in the first or second year. 
  2. Certain courses listed above are offered occasionally or in alternating yearsPlease consult the Course Listings for details.
  3. It is recommended that students take at least 6ch in PHYS courses. 
  4. MATH 1853 and MATH 2633 cannot be taken for credit in this program.   
  5. Students should consult with the department for a list of approved electives. 

Mathematics Minor
A student who intends to pursue a Minor in Mathematics is required to take 24 ch in Mathematics. Credit must be obtained for MATH 1003, MATH 1013 and either MATH 1503 or MATH 2213. The remaining 15 ch of the Minor must consist of Mathematics courses at the second year level, or above. A maximum of 6 ch of Statistics courses, at any level, may count towards the 15 ch. MATH 3633 cannot be taken for credit towards the the Minor in Mathematics. The Minor should be declared at the same time as the student's Major.

Calculus Challenge Exam
This examination which is held in early June is open to students registered in a Calculus course at a high school that has made arrangements with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. A fee will be charged.

Students who qualify for credit will receive a certificate entitling them to credit for and thereby exemption from MATH 1003 when they register at UNB Saint John. Upon the student’s acceptance of the credit, the letter grade of the exam will be recorded on their transcript.

Certificate in Mathematics for Education

The Certificate in Mathematics for Education is open to all interested students, however it is primarily intended for current and future school teachers for whom mathematics is a potential teachable subject, or ones who simply wish to expand their knowledge in the field of Mathematics.

This Certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with a degree program, with the approval of the appropriate faculty.

Candidates for admission to the Certificate must meet the University’s requirements for admission to any of the faculties, or the requirements for admission as mature students.

The Certificate consists of 30 credit hours (10 courses) as outlined below. A grade of C or better is required in each of the courses.

Mathematics Requirement:
MATH 2633 Fundamental Principles of Elementary School Mathematics
MATH 3633 Fundamental Principles of School Mathematics
MATH 1003 Introduction to Calculus I*
MATH 1013 Introduction to Calculus II
MATH 1503 Introduction to Linear Algebra (or equivalent)
MATH 3093 Elementary Number Theory

Statistic Requirement:
STAT 1793 Introduction to Probability and Statistics(or equivalent)

Education Requirement:
ED 3424 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics

Additional Requirement:

  1. One of MATH 2203 or MATH 3343;
  2. Three credit hours in Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science, chosen in consultation with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics; BA 3623 or ECON 3665 may be accepted as substitutions.

* Students who do not have the prerequisite for this course are required to pass MATH 1863 before enrolling in MATH 1003.