How to Double Major

There are two ways to obtain two degrees at VCU.

  1. Double major: completing the major requirements of both majors, any prerequisite courses for both majors, and general education requirements for the primary major. One diploma is awarded which denotes the primary major. The secondary major is listed on the transcript. 
  2. Dual degree: all degree requirements for both majors must be fulfilled, along with at minimum 30 credit hours above the minimum requirement to complete the primary major. For example, if the primary degree requirement is 120 total credit hours, a student must complete a total of 150 credit hours to fulfill the dual credit requirement. Two diplomas are awarded in this instance.

One is not better than the other; it will vastly depend on your personal timeline to degree completion, current academic goals and future career goals, and even finances. The important thing to remember is that two degrees can be achieved in one way or another, and it is best to discuss the details with your academic advisor.

Majoring in Mathematical Sciences as a second major

Below are the most common double majors with mathematical sciences at VCU. The additional requirements needed for a math major are listed by major and concentration. Please note that there are 5 different concentrations within Mathematical Sciences so they will vary slightly depending on your chosen concentration. 

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Chemistry
  3. Chemical Engineering
  4. Computer Science
  5. Electrical and Computer Engineering
  6. Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 
  7. Physics

All of these majors require at least: MATH 200, MATH 201, and MATH 301.

The math department has 5 different concentrations. As a result, these lists are not comprehensive for all concentrations. They are meant to give a general overview of the most commonly required additional classes. Depending on your chosen concentration, you will have other classes you must take in addition to these. For details and all course requirements for your desired concentration, please see the Bulletin here and connect with the math advisor, Mrs. Calla Talman at talmancp@vcu.ed.

Biomedical Engineering

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH 307 (in most cases)
MATH 201 MATH/CMSC 255 or EGRE 245
MATH 301 MATH 300
MATH 310 MATH 407 (in most cases)
STAT 210 or 441 MATH 490

Chemistry

Biochemistry and Chemical Science concentrations

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH 307 (in most cases)
MATH 201 MATH/CMSC 255 or EGRE 245
STAT 210 or 212 (Biochemistry only) MATH 300
  MATH 407 (in most cases)
  MATH 490
  MATH 310

Chemical Modeling

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH 301
MATH 201 MATH/CMSC 255 or EGRE 245
MATH 307 MATH 300
MATH 310 or 302 MATH 407 (in most cases)
STAT 210 or 212 MATH 490

Professional Chemist and Professional Chemist with Honors

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH 301
MATH 201 MATH/CMSC 255 or EGRE 245
MATH 307 MATH 300
  MATH 407 (in most cases)
  MATH 490
  MATH 310
  STAT 212

Chemical Engineering

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH 310
MATH 201 MATH/CMSC 255 or EGRE 245
MATH 301 MATH 300
MATH 307 MATH 407 (in most cases)
STAT 441 MATH 490

Computer Science

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH 307 (in most cases)
MATH 201 MATH 301
STAT 212 MATH 300
MATH 300-400 level elective (6 cr.) MATH 407 (in most cases)
  MATH 490

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH 307 (in most cases)
MATH 201 MATH/CMSC 255 or EGRE 245
MATH 301 MATH 300
  MATH 407 (in most cases)
  MATH 490
  MATH 310
  STAT 212

Electrical Engineering

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH/CMSC 255 or EGRE 245
MATH 201 MATH 300
MATH 301 MATH 407 (in most cases)
MATH 307 MATH 490
  MATH 310
  STAT 212

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH 310
MATH 201 MATH/CMSC 255 or EGRE 245
MATH 301 MATH 300
MATH 307 MATH 407 (in most cases)
STAT 441 MATH 490

Nuclear Engineering concentration

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH 310
MATH 201 MATH/CMSC 255 or EGRE 245
MATH 301 MATH 300
MATH 307 MATH 407 (in most cases)
  MATH 490
  STAT 212

Physics

Requires Need to Take
MATH 200 MATH 310
MATH 201 MATH/CMSC 255 or EGRE 245
MATH 301 MATH 300
MATH 307 MATH 407 (in most cases)
  MATH 490
  STAT 212