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.


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.

erica miller

Mar 26, 2021

Erica R. Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, presented “Training Graduate Students in Inclusive and Equitable Teaching."

Erica R. Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, was featured in the 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation.

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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elisabetta matsumoto

Knotty Knits: An Exploration of Math and Crafts

Date: Friday, Jan 28, 2022

Matsumoto is a physicist whose research focuses on the geometry and topology of soft materials. Her work spans the science of knitting, programmable matter, explorations of non-Euclidean spaces and more.