Why study math?

Mathematics teaches logic, accurate reasoning, abstract and critical thinking, analytical skills, and analytical attitude.

This means as a mathematician you pay attention to all the assumptions involved in a given problem or situation, and you learn to break down complex problems into a series of simple steps. Such skills and attitudes are highly valued by employers as well as graduate and professional schools.

Learn more about what mathematicians do and why employers value these skills.


Amanda Harris, Ph.D., a teaching associate professor of chemistry, meets with students in the Science Hub as part of student hours in VCU’s new STEM building on Franklin Street. (Photo by Thomas Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Nov. 13, 2023

In ‘breaking’ traditional office hours, VCU is helping students succeed

The new approach – “student hours” – in VCU’s Science Hub in the new STEM building is being embraced by students and faculty alike.

By providing data on vaccine inequities and acceptance, VCU researchers hope to contribute to the global effort to predict and mitigate the impacts of current and future pandemics. (Getty Images)

Oct. 30, 2023

VCU team receives National Science Foundation grant to investigate vaccine inequity and acceptance

With expertise in behavior science, math and other fields, the MAVEN project aims to boost public health in the post-pandemic era.

A new award, which will be given annually, honors VCU faculty members who were nationally or internationally recognized for exceptional accomplishments during the course of their current evaluation period. (Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Oct. 11, 2023

VCU announces first class of faculty scholars honored for ‘exceptional accomplishments’

National/International Recognition Award will reward faculty members who personify the uncommon excellence that can be found across VCU.

Math Spotlight


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geometry problems scrawled in chalk on a chalkboard

Mid-Atlantic Algebra, Geometry, and Combinatorics (MAAGC) Workshop

Dates: Friday, Dec 1, 2023 – Saturday, Dec 2, 2023

The eighth annual Mid-Atlantic Algebra, Geometry, and Combinatorics (MAAGC) Workshop will take place Friday and Saturday, December 1-2, 2023 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.