The overall vision for the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is to be the cornerstone of the university by providing foundational and advanced mathematics to VCU students at all levels, from general education through Ph.D. research.

In particular, it is the aim of department to provide mathematics majors with a collection of skills that will help them transition to careers involving mathematics. Students should develop strong critical thinking skills, analytical skills and problem solving tactics. Student will also hone oral and written communication skills and gain exposure to technology tools.

To this end, the department has identified the following learning objectives for all its majors.

Student will write about mathematics clearly, concisely, and correctly.
Student will write mathematical proofs clearly, concisely, and correctly.
Students will solve mathematics problems clearly, concisely and correctly.
Students will solve and interpret mathematical problems that originate from applications outside of mathematics.
Students will use technology to solve and/or explore (and/or research) mathematics problems.
Students will read and comprehend mathematical works.
Students will collaborate on projects.
Students will make effective presentations to demonstrate their understanding of mathematical ideas.