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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 2020-2021

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

Change of Major/Minor (August 2-27)

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 2, 2021 - August 27, 2021. 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 2, 2021 - August 27, 2021. 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 2, 2021 - August 27, 2021. 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 either the add minor or 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.

Fall 2021 Drop/Add (reopens Aug 2)

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.

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 a course withdrawal form can be found in the FAQ Highlights section above.

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 and enter your initials only and 9-digit student ID number.
  3. Upload the completed 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 and enter your initials only and 9-digit student ID number.
  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.

It's scholarship application time!

Department, College, and University Scholarships

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 by March 31st to choose the information you wish the Math Department Scholarship Committee to consider. 

Requirements for 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

Almost all math department advisors use email to schedule appointments, with a few exceptions noted below. Appointments should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

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

Click here to schedule an Explore Mathematics Navigate appointment. 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
July 20 Last day to web drop a Summer II course
Aug 2 Fall 2021 drop/add reopens
Aug 13 Last day to withdraw from Summer II or 12-week summer course
Aug 23 Fall 2021 classes begin
Aug 27 Last day to add a fall 2021 class
Sep 6 Labor Day - No Classes