Information for Undergraduates
In addition to the information below, the College of Humanities and Sciences Current Student page offers information about how to withdraw from a class, appeal a grade, see graduation requirements, etc.
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- Login into eServices, select “Student,” then “Student Records” and then click on the “Apply to Graduate” link.
- If your program information is incorrect or you see the incorrect semester (for example spring 2022 instead of fall 2022), then you should call the Graduate Office at (804) 828-1918 and request that your electronic check-out be reset. You will need your V# when you call.
- You must check out once for each major. If you have a double or dual major, you will go through the application process twice, once for each major.
- Change of Major/Concentration Form [Google Form]: Declare or change a major
- Change of Minor Form [Google Form]: Declare or change a minor
- Historical Repeat Course Option [DocuSign]: For students who enrolled in a course at VCU and received a grade of “D” or “F,” later enrolled in the same course order to improve their GPA, and now need a GPA adjustment according to the policy
- Overload Approval Form [DocuSign]
- Request to Take Courses at Another Institution [Google Form]: Meant to ensure that current VCU students are taking the correct course(s) outside VCU that will fulfill the intended graduation requirement, without duplicating previous course work or violating VCU graduation policies
When students are involved with research project, they often gain a greater understanding of how mathematics works in the modern world, a heightened facility with generating and analyzing data in any realm of life, an exuberance for group and solo problem solving that welcomes hard challenges, a stronger ability to communicate technical information and a deepened connection with fellow students and professors in the project.
Visit our Undergraduate Research Opportunities page for all the details you need to get started.
Declare a Math Major and Concentration
All students requesting to add or change majors into any of the concentrations in mathematical sciences must attend a Change of Major Workshop (currently on Zoom) before their requests can be considered. (The workshop can also be helpful to students who are considering adding or changing majors into mathematical sciences but are still undecided).
To receive an invitation to the next workshop, please submit the Change of Major Workshop Request Form.
Declare a Math Minor
Math can be found in almost every sector of the world of work. Students majoring in math should consider if they want to use math skills directly or indirectly in the work place. This may determine the types of experiences and further education necessary to prepare for area of interest. People with math backgrounds may work in jobs with titles such as analyst, research associate, technical consultant, computer scientist, or systems engineer to name a few. Math majors develop many transferable skills: critical thinking, problem diagnosis and solving, computer skills, and quantitative skills. Other important skills to develop include good reasoning, persistence, and communication, both verbal and written.
Visit the Careers page to learn about specific job titles.
The math department allows for credit by examination for Math 200 (Calculus I), Math 201 (Calculus II), Math 301 (Differential Equations), Math 307 (Calculus III) and Math 310 (Linear Algebra).
Visit the Credit by Examination page for complete details.
For MATH Courses
Visit the Math Overrides page.
For STAT or OPER Courses
The College of Humanities and Sciences offers more than 100 scholarship opportunities to currently enrolled students annually. The system features a searchable database of opportunities and details the requirements for each. The application process opens early January and closes late February.
Visit the Scholarships and Awards page for more details.
The Help Center offers both in-person and virtual help sessions for students Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Visit the Help Center page for full details.
The math department supports three student clubs, each with a distinct focus and goals. We warmly encourage all of our majors and minors to consider joining one or more. We also encourage non-members to take advantage of the many activities the clubs sponsor, which are open to all students. Our student clubs offer opportunities to develop leadership, professional and academic skills, to build relationships with your fellow students and faculty, and to explore math topics in ways that are student-directed. They're also a lot of fun!
Students are required to meet with the department adviser each semester to plan the next semester’s course of study. Advising meetings are several weeks before advanced registration begins. Each semester students will receive an email from the department reminding them of the required meeting along with information about scheduling an appointment. During the semester that you plan to graduate, you will not need to meet during advising week since you will have already applied to graduate.
The department adviser will use Degree Works to guide students through their program of study. Students must complete the general education courses, mathematics core courses and the additional courses required for their concentration.
If you do not meet with the department adviser, a hold will be placed on your account and you will not be able to register for classes until the hold has been removed. If a hold has been placed on your account, you need to contact and meet with the department adviser. After meeting with a department adviser, the hold will be removed so that you may register for classes.
If you are considering graduate school in mathematics, reach out to our professors for more information.
Students may take the math placement test if their previous math placement score has expired, they want to improve their math placement scores, or they did not take the math placement assessment as part of the new student orientation process.
Visit the Math Placement for Current Students page for all the information needed to take the math placement exam.