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.


Sarah Golding, Ph.D., (left) and Allison Johnson, Ph.D., talk with faculty during a Leaders for Inclusive Learning faculty development workshop in summer 2021. In the yearlong Leaders for Inclusive Learning program, faculty worked to increase student success through inclusive teaching and learning practices and have taken those practices back to their faculty peers in their departments for even greater impact. (Alexis Finc, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences)

July 13, 2022

The goal? Success for every student

Leaders for Inclusive Learning program trains instructors on how best to serve their students and lead systemic change.

Allison Moore

July 8, 2022

Moore receives funding through National Science Foundation

Allison Moore, Ph.D., has been at VCU since 2019 and is an assistant professor of mathematics

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.

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.

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