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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 2022-2023

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

Fall 2022 Drop/Add-NOW OPEN

PRO TIP: Check your pre-registration requirements to be sure you're able to access drop/add!

REMEMBER:

  • No Guarantees - You were not guaranteed all your classes or specific sections through Course Request.
  • Live - Drop/Add is a live system. Monitor the system for an open seat in the course of your choice.
  • Be Flexible - You may also have to rearrange your schedule to get the courses you need.
  • Check Building Locations - Make sure you can get between back-to-back classes in time.

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 2022 Summer II term is Tuesday, July 19. 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 This will not affect full-time student status, as the course(s) withdrawn from will remain on your transcript.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 2022 Summer I term is Friday, July 1. Students can apply for a course withdrawal using this Course Withdrawal form posted on the College of Science Forms page.

Student Forms

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

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

*Students submitting an Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere (US) form should discuss their course choices with their academic advisor, complete the student portion of the form, and submit it to Jessica StClair's Document Portal. Once reviewed and any necessary updates are made, the form will be signed and submitted to the College of Science on your behalf.

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.

If you need to submit a form that contains your name and ID to your advisor, please submit to Sadie Powell's Document Portal and it will be shared with your advisor. Do not email a form that contains your full name and ID number.

All other form 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.

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 August 1, 2022 - August 26, 2022. To change your math degree option:

  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 an Option section by selecting the degree option you would like to add and the degree option you would like to drop. You will see "BS, MATH:" followed by the name of the degree option.
  3. SIGN AND DATE the bottom of the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
  4. UPLOAD the form 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.

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 August 1, 2022 - August 26, 2022. Only students who have complete a fall or spring semester at VT can change their major during the August change of major period. 

Students who want to change their primary major to math can apply through Hokie Spa. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

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 August 1, 2022 - August 26, 2022. Only students who have complete a fall or spring semester at VT can add a second major during the August change of major period. To add math as a second major:

  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 Second Major section by choosing "BS, MATH:" followed by the degree option you are choosing in the add secondary major dropdown menu.
  3. SIGN AND DATE the bottom of the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
  4. UPLOAD the form 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.

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.

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

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
Aug 1 Add/Drop Reopens for Fall 2022
Aug 1 Change of Major period opens
Aug 12 Last Day to Withdraw from Summer II Courses
Aug 12 Last Day to Apply for Restricted Major
Aug 22 First Day of Fall 2022 Classes
Aug 26 Last Day to Apply for Non-Restricted Major