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.


At STEAM Day, Mychal Smith, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemistry at VCU, turns a pickle into a battery for fifth-graders at Patrick Copeland Elementary School in Hopewell. VCU students and faculty volunteered on the first day of spring break to teach grade-school students about science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. (Alexis Finc, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences)

March 10, 2022

VCU students open Hopewell grade schoolers’ eyes to science at STEAM Day

On their first day of spring break, VCU science, technology, engineering, arts and math students showed off science experiments to students at Patrick Copeland Elementary School.

Rebecca Segal

Jan. 4, 2022

Segal appointed interim chair of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Rebecca Segal, Ph.D., has been at VCU since 2006 and is a professor of applied mathematics.

aerial view of the james river, a bridge, and downtown richmond virginia

Jan. 3, 2022

Now accepting applications for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The REU will provide 8-10 undergraduates a hands-on introduction to computational research endeavors and improve their problem-solving, communication and computer programming skills.

Math Spotlight

Meet Christopher

Christopher Flippen started out a computer science major, but found his math courses so much fun that he decided to add math as a second major. Visit our 'Meet a Student' page to read more about Christopher's favorite classes, favorite professors, and the three research projects that led him to a research interest he plans to pursue at the graduate level after completing his bachelor's degree.

christopher flippen


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Richmond Geometry Festival 2022, May 27 - 28, 2022

Date: Friday, May 27, 2022

The Richmond Geometry Festival 2022 will take place online May 27-28, 2022. We hope you will join us for this new edition of an annual meeting that aims to focus on emergent research topics while bringing together specialists in two areas: low-dimensional topology and algebraic geometry.