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Advising at Virginia Tech is a collaborative process between student and advisor leading to the exchange of information that encourages the individual student to make responsible academic and career decisions.

Virginia Tech Student Advising Handbook 2021-2022

As a math major, your academic advisor is a faculty member who can discuss details of course and career advice throughout your undergraduate career.

Spring 2022 Course Request

Spring 2022 course request is open from October 19 - November 2. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your course request plans. Clear any holds from your account so that you can submit your fall course requests.

Course Drop vs. Course Withdrawal

If you are considering whether to drop or withdraw from a course, discuss the decision with your academic advisor.

Dropping a course will remove the course from your class schedule and your transcript. It will reduce your total number of credits for the term. NOTE: 12 credits are required for full-time student status in fall and spring terms. (This can be important for scholarships, financial aid, health insurance, student visa requirements, etc.) The deadline to drop a course for the Fall 2021 semester is Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Students can drop a course through the HokieSpa drop/add menu.

Requesting a course withdrawal (W grade policy) will denote a final grade of "W" on your transcript for each course in which a Course Withdrawal is applied. This will not affect full-time student status, as the course(s) withdrawn from will remain on your transcript. Students are permitted to withdraw from up to three courses during their academic career at Virginia Tech. The deadline to apply for a course withdrawal for the Fall 2021 semester is Wednesday, December 8. Students can apply for a course withdrawal using this Course Withdrawal form posted on the College of Science Forms page.

Change of Major/Minor

Students can change their math degree option during any of VT's common change of major periods. The next change of major period for non-restricted majors is December 13, 2021 - January 24, 2021. Note: Students in their first semester at VT must wait until final grades post before requesting to change their math degree option.

Students can change their major to mathematics during VT's common change of major periods. The next change of major period for non-restricted majors is December 13, 2021 - January 24, 2021. Note: Students in their first semester at VT must wait until final grades post before requesting to change their major to math.

Students can add math as a second major during any of VT's common change of major periods. The next change of major period for non-restricted majors is December 13, 2021 - January 24, 2021. Note: Students in their first semester at VT must wait until final grades post before requesting to add math as a second major.

Students can add or drop a math minor anytime. No appointment is necessary.

  1. DOWNLOAD the College of Science Change of Second Major/Minor/Option Form
  2. COMPLETE the first section with your student information. Complete the Request to Add or Drop a Minor section and choose MATH from the appropriate add/drop minor dropdown menu.
  3. SIGN AND DATE the bottom of the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
    • To add a math minor, upload to the COS Dean's Office Document Portal. A department signature is not required to add a math minor.
    • To drop a math minor, upload to Sadie Powell's Document Portal. After it is uploaded, Ms. Powell will include a department signature and submit the form to the College of Science.

Student Forms

Visit the College of Science Forms page to download the following forms:

  • Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere
  • Change of Major/Minor
  • Experiential Learning (Undergraduate Research/Independent Study)
  • Course Withdrawal
  • and more...

Students submitting an Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere form should discuss their course choices with their academic advisor, then email Jessica Hurdus for instructions to complete and submit the form.

Instructions for completing other forms, such as course withdrawal and change of major will be posted on this website during the relevant times of the semester.

All other form submissions and questions should be directed to Sadie Powell.

Are you a junior or senior in the traditional degree option? To submit your Math-Related Course Plan:

  • Download and complete the fillable Math-Related Course Plan Form. Do not complete within a browser.
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trad-math-related.pdf
  1. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your course plans and review the form.
  2. Once course plans are agreed upon by you and your advisor, obtain your advisor's digital signature on the form.
  3. Upload the signed form HERE. Must access through your VT Google account.
  4. The department will email you about final plan approval and documentation in DARS.

Are you a junior or senior in the Applied Computational Mathematics (ACM) degree option? To submit your Applications Area Course Plan:

  • Download and complete the fillable Applications Area Course Plan Form. Do not complete within a browser.
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acm-applications-area.pdf
  1. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your course plans and review the form.
  2. Once course plans are agreed upon by you and your advisor, obtain your advisor's digital signature on the form.
  3. Upload the signed form HERE. Must access through your VT Google account.
  4. The department will email you about final plan approval and documentation in DARS.

VT Campus Jobs and Scholarships

The Mathematics Department and other offices around campus employ both undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of positions that require a math background.

Department, College, and University Scholarships for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

The General Scholarship Application can be found in Scholarship Central. Students should complete the General Application before attempting to complete any other scholarship application in the Scholarship Central system. You must complete both the General Application and the FAFSA (for need-based scholarships) by January 22, 2022 for maximum scholarship consideration. Math majors should also complete the College of Science Scholship Application once it is available.

The Math Department Scholarship Committee recommends students for certain scholarships. Some, but not all, of these scholarships are need-based.

In considering your eligibility for a scholarship, the Scholarship Committee can use only the information you allow it to use. You will not be penalized for denying access to information, but details of your academic and extracurricular activities are the evidence required to show eligibility for many scholarships and may increase your competitiveness for scholarships.

Use this form to choose the information you wish the Math Department Scholarship Committee to consider. 

Requirements for Math Scholarships Eligibility:

  • Submit the General Scholarship Application + College of Science Scholarship Application using Scholarship Central 
  • For need-based scholarships, submit a FAFSA

Experiential Learning Scholarship Database

The Academy for Experiential Learning has consolidated a database of scholarships, awards, and other funding for study abroad, research, and internships. This resource will be updated periodically and serves as a single source for undergraduates to find funding to support their experiential learning endeavors.

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Use the links below to schedule an advising appointment with your mathematics advisor (will either take you to Navigate or email). If the link takes you to Navigate and you do not see any availability that fits your schedule, email your advisor to schedule an appointment. Appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

Lower-Division Traditional Option ACM Option ADM Option Math Ed Option
Diane Agud Jeff Borggaard Christopher Beattie Sarah Barreto Megan Wawro
Jessica Hurdus Matthias Chung Julianne Chung Nick Loehr  
E. Fanny Jasso-Hernandez Myungsuk Chung Serkan Gugercin Palanivel Manoharan  
Jessica StClair Stanca Ciupe Tao Lin Leonardo Mihalcea  
Eric Ufferman Alex Elgart Jason Wilson Daniel Orr  
  Steve Hammer Pengtao Yue    
  Peter Haskell Lizette Zietsman    
  Eileen Martin      

NOTE: The links above are for fall/spring semester appointments. Use email during summer and winter sessions.

Students can schedule an Explore Mathematics or Explore Mathematics Minor Navigate appointment with any member of our Central Advising Team. If you are unable to find an available appointment, please email mathadvising@math.vt.edu .

timeline showing advisor responsibility decreasing and student responsibility increasing over time

The student shares the responsibility for developing an advising partnership with the advisor. Over time, the partnership results in increased responsibility for the student. This is achieved through the student:

  • Communicating goals and concerns to the advisor in a respectful and sincere manner
  • Keeping abreast of their own academic progress and requirements related to their academic program
  • Making, keeping, and being prepared for appointments with the advisor
  • Informing the advisor of changes in plans and/or circumstances that might impact academic performance
  • Knowing departmental procedures for changing advisors
  • Bringing concerns regarding quality of advising to the attention of the advising unit

The advisor shares the responsibility for developing an advising partnership with undergraduate students. This is achieved through the advisor:

  • Communicating with students and delivering individualized and accurate information in a professional and sincere manner
  • Being informed of, and providing accurate information about current academic policies and procedures
  • Keeping appointments and being available for assistance
  • Providing appropriate referrals, contacts, and information
  • Conducting appropriate follow-up with students
  • Seeking out and taking advantage of opportunities for professional development
Important Dates
Oct 19 Spring 2022 course request opens
Oct 25 Last day to resign from Fall 2021 semester
Nov 2 Spring 2022 course request closes
Nov 17 Deadline to request to reschedule a final exam due to 3 in 24 hours