Goals and Objectives
The overall vision for the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is to be the cornerstone of the university by providing foundational and advanced mathematics to VCU students at all levels, from general education through Ph.D. research.
In particular, it is the aim of department to provide mathematics majors with a collection of skills that will help them transition to careers involving mathematics. Students should develop strong critical thinking skills, analytical skills and problem-solving tactics. Students will also hone oral and written communication skills and gain exposure to technology tools.
To this end, the department has identified the following learning objectives for all its majors.
- write about mathematics clearly, concisely and correctly
- write mathematical proofs clearly, concisely and correctly
- solve mathematics problems clearly, concisely and correctly
- solve and interpret mathematical problems that originate from applications outside of mathematics
- use technology to solve and/or explore (and/or research) mathematics problems
- read and comprehend mathematical works
- collaborate on projects
- make effective presentations to demonstrate their understanding of mathematical ideas