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.


Craig Larson, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, leads a recent session of Math Circle, a monthly workshop that brings middle and high school students to campus to meet with math faculty and explore a range of math-related topics. (Dina Weinstein, Enterprise Marketing and Communication)

Dec. 8, 2023

In the VCU Math Circle, local teen students get to shape their interest and knowledge

Weekend sessions introduce middle- and high-schoolers to faculty and help reveal the breadth of math’s majesty in solving problems.

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.

Math Spotlight


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Special joint seminar between Geometry and BioMath

Date: Friday, Apr 19, 2024

Join us for a special joint Geometry and BioMath seminar featuring Dr. Eleni Panagiotou from Arizona State University.